Sunday, July 7, 2013

Pencil Sharpeners - "The Beast" and "The Monster"

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.
You can get yours right here - and for the next 25 days you can even enter their Giveaway for a chance to win one of your own!
So what awful nicknames have students given your pencil sharpeners?


  1. I love my Classroom Friendly sharpener! I attached it with Velcro and it works great.

  2. I really wish I had 100 followers so I could enter their testing thing. I live in a pod setting with 3 other people. We hide the sharpeners in the pod office because none of us can stand the sounds.
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. We used our CFS sharpener all year long, and never once had any problems. I loved that it was quiet, portable and the kids loved that it was easy to use!

    I didn't let the sharpen colored pencils; the lead is so soft, it always breaks; those they had to use the hand held sharpeners they've always used.

    I didn't mount it on a table. The kids just learned to hold onto it while they were sharpening their pencils. (And the kids who sat closest just moved it to their own desk to use it!)

    Best thing I ever did was get one of these sharpeners!!

    Inside this Book


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