I was looking for something very specific when I stumbled upon the Afmat PS09 Electric Pencil Sharpener...I wanted an electric, long point, helical blade, top feeding sharpener. This sharpener hits all these points, and even more, so even though it was a bit expensive, I took a chance and have been happy with the results.Read More
Many of you already know this, but it bears repeating: there is a difference between a 2-hole sharpener and a 2-stage sharpener. A 2-hole sharpener sharpens 2 sizes of pencils, standard and jumbo. A 2-stage sharpener sharpens a standard size pencil in 2 stages: first it removes the wood, then sharpens the point. If you don't look closely, you could purchase a 2-stage and wonder why your jumbo pencils won't fit.Read More
The Castor from M+R has finally made it to the USA thanks to CW Pencils. The sibling to the Pollux takes the same blades, which are still in short supply, but word on the street is that they'll be more available than they have been in the past.Read More
My most recent purchase has been the Carl CP-80. Someone on the Erasable Podcast Facebook group mentioned that they were on sale on Amazon at a certain point, and when I went over to check it out, I was floored...it looked like it had everything I had been searching for in a long point sharpener.Read More
I moved to my current city last summer for work. While checking out the surrounding areas, I found an art supply shop in the next town over. I went digging around there for pencils, and it was the standard fare, mainly drawing pencils with a few General's things mixed in (they have subsequently started carrying Blackwings and Field Notes), but one thing that caught my eye was the Derwent Long Point sharpener.Read More
The next long point pencil sharpener I bought last year was the Dahle 133. Mark Tucker of Write Analog recommended it to me on the Erasable Podcast Facebook group. I was discussing how I was looking for something better than the Mitsubishi KH-20 and that I had a few specifications: it had to be rubber tipped where it grips the pencil and the point had to be somewhat concave.Read More
Today I'll be covering the first in my stash, the Mitsu-bishi KH-20. This sharpener was my first hand-crank long point sharpener...up until I bought it last year I sharpened all my pencils with an old metal Boston sharpener that was screwed to the wall in the warehouse where I worked.Read More
The Pollux is finally here! The Möbius + Ruppert sharpener has been long sought after in the US stationery nerd community. It has been only available in Europe up to this "point" (har har har). A few made it over here, and those who had one were nice enough to brag about it to all of the unworthy on the Erasable Facebook group.
Why is this expensive little brass hand-held sharpener so sought after? Why, when it gets shavings everywhere and graphite dust all over your fingers, were people waiting? The point! It shaves your wood-cased wonder into a concave shape, which allows for a longer point than previous simple, one-stage sharpeners. Can you get a similar long point with a Kum Masterpiece? Sure, but that thing has parts and a plastic case that fits inside a carrying case...whoa. Too much. The Pollux is perfect to toss into your pocket and go. No case, no problem.
You've probably seen a similar M+R brass sharpener they call the Grenade. It's just as much of a tank, but the point is not as long. Good, but not great. Serviceable, and equipped with those great M+R blades, but there were better options out there.
Replacement blades are not yet available in the States, as far as I can find, but CW Pencils says they'll have some soon. There have been a few reports online that there's a few duds out there that keep breaking points, but I'm happy to report no problems with mine.
I sharpened hard and soft pencils, and everything in between. All sharpened up great. The only drawback I saw came from the sharpening of a new pencil. It ate it down in a way a hand crank never would, breaking off the initial lead exposure. But once that was cleared out, it worked like a champ. I personally never start a new pencil with a hand-held anyway, so I don't see this as a problem for me.
If you want one of these, they aren't cheap and don't give a point any longer, stronger, or better than something like the KUM Masterpiece, but it is a simpler machine and not as labor intensive to sharpen. I full recommend this based on my first day's use. Check out my video review.
Available at CW Pencils. $28