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This thing is great....
August 18, 2013
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This thing is great. Tried it right away with Stabilo "All" 8400 series colored pencils. They are very soft and notoriously hard to sharpen without breaking the lead and this sharpener brought them to a long, fine point with little effort. The ratcheting mechanism works great although I found the pop-up button to be negligibly useful. The one design flaw I've found is that you can't access the blade to clean it if it becomes clogged with a broken lead, but the fact that breaking leads while sharpening doesn't really seem to be an issue so far that might not matter. The chamber holds a fair amount of shavings, much more so than other compact sharpeners I've owned. I'm not sure how long the blade will hold up so i'll be ordering another one for my second drawing kit.
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Self-contained which...
March 6, 2015
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Self-contained which makes it great to carry anywhere... pockets to pencil case. Notifies you when your pencil's point is perfect everytime.
Having a sharpener that...
February 22, 2015
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Having a sharpener that rotates with the pencil has saved me broken leads on colored pencils that I seem to get with other "non-rotating" sharpeners. This sharpener is not perfect (emptying it is a little bit tricky and the button is basically useless), but is now my preferred sharpener for all pencils.
Sharp looking pencil...
December 18, 2014
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Sharp looking pencil sharpener
Overly complex. The answer...
November 6, 2014
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Overly complex. The answer for the question that was never asked.
I love the mechanism...
November 2, 2014
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I love the mechanism that allows me to just hold onto the pencil and twist it back and forth. It makes something as simple as sharpening a pencil even simpler (and I didn't know that was possible!) The notification system works well, however, if it's too full, I find that a sharpened pencil doesn't always trigger the 'pop'. I would have given this a 5-star rating, but it lost the one star due to the difficulty of emptying the shavings from this sharpener. I found myself spending more time than necessary standing by the garbage bin, shaking all the shavings out. Because the latch is on one side of the sharpener, the shavings that get stuck on the other side (past the blade), takes a few good shakes before they make their way out.

I do see that Sonic Ratchetta now has a capsule version out. That might be worth a try and it might solve the issue I was having with this one.
Perfect for my students...
November 1, 2014
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Perfect for my students in class when a quick, quiet sharpener is needed. Just keep going till the button pops, so they can pay attention as they sharpen. More colors, please!!
Good product...
October 25, 2014
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Good product
A great compact pencil...
April 7, 2014
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A great compact pencil sharpener to throw into your bag or even carry in your pocket. The chamber holds a good amount of pencil shavings and so far has never popped open by accident with me. The notification button is an excellent concept and gives near perfect points on every sharpen. The only downsides that this pencil sharpener could have is that broken lead can be hard to get out occasionally and the ratcheting sound can be somewhat loud ( Wouldn't use in the middle of a test when everyone is really quiet). Other than that the ratcheting mechanism is put to great use with this sharpener and helps when removing pencil shavings from the chamber by rotating the blade.
It does a good job of...
November 7, 2013
It does a good job of sharpening the pencil, although turning the pencil works just as well or better than rotating it. The button has to be pushed in for the sharpener to work but the button does not pop up. I wasn't terribly impressed other than the fact that the sharpener did indeed sharpen, which is more than can be said for many portable sharpeners.
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