I know a few artists who recommend using a blade/razor to trim their pencils to
point. This seemed like a good, safe starting point to try it. Only problem is,
the cutting edge of the blade is angled slightly upwards, so even with a lot of
elbow grease, you can't get a sharp point to your pencil.
The pencil still requires over an inch and a half to go into the holder. Now, it
may not seem that much, until you realize you can probably still use a two inch
pencil barehanded. (seriously, measure it out and you'll see). What this means
is, it's more likely that this "extender" is actually giving you *less* pencil
life. It's not a bad cap though, so for protecting softer leads and colored
pencils I would recommend it (if you travel with them), but not for extending a
pencil. There are several other extenders that are *MUCH* better (two of them
are sold on this site. The Tombow Ippo grips and the Staad One-Push Pencil
holder will let you use your pencils down to the tiniest little nubs.
These extenders are fantastic! Price wise they're only a little bit more than
the more conventional extenders that utilize a thin metal ring. However, those
of us who use colored pencils down to the nub realize we want to get our money's
worth out of them. The other holders quit being effective at about 2 inches left
of pencil. I am using a pencil that's barely 3/4's of an inch with this holder!
It holds on tight until there's nothing left to hold onto.
I love jetpens, and have purchased many fine items here. Unfortunately, this
eraser is not one of them. The third time I used it (and I only use it for small
details, like when I need to rework a face in a drawing, not for large areas),
the motor suddenly started a high pitched whine and it wasn't even half as good
as when I used it the first time (stopped rotating as fast). This is one of the
few products sold on this site that I would not recommend. Even new, it wasn't
as powerful as the 7 dollar staedtler electric eraser I had picked up at the
local art store.