There are few sounds more irritating than the grating of a pretty #2 pencil being ground up in a sharpener. Except ONE. The make-your-jaw-clench shrill of an ELECTRIC "sharpener" slicing your pencils down to mere specks of graphite and scratched metal.
I have two such lovelies in my classroom. My students have nicknamed them....
"The Beast" AND "The Monster"
You know the pencil sharpeners in your classroom are bad when your students use them as examples of "human vs. technology conflict". :-)
I don't know why it took me so long, but I finally decided to test the sharpener everyone has been talking about.... The Groovy Green Quiet Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies.
Once it arrived, I went about confronting the new sharpener with every challenging dull pencil I could hunt down - plain #2s, sparkle wrapped, and colored.
Here are the contenders Before and After:
Just about every pencil was beautifully sharpened to fine point. The colored pencils were slightly more tricky. Of the three I had, one sharpened with no problem, a second needed some finessing, and the third's tip broke off in the sharpener. (Hence the one lonely pencil left dull in the pic above.) However, off all the sharpeners I've owned, this one seems the easiest to unclog. After checking back on their website, I found this helpful video detailing how to remove stuck lead.
A few things to keep in mind about this sharpener:
- It will need to be mounted on a surface with a "lip" so the clamp can attach
- It IS quiet - but not totally - watch out for "rattly" things on the table :-)
- It's portable so you can easily take it with you to testing locations or if you move rooms
- They sell replacement parts! Amazing considering today's throw-away culture. Bra-vo.