Sometimes I’m an impulse buyer, but most of the time I like to sit back and weigh my options before diving in. I have been reading blog post after blog post about The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener. I have to admit, I was reading and thinking that sure, it’s great, but is it really better than the electric sharpeners?
So I waited…
I finally went back to spend some money to find out. Yes, I spent my own money. Here’s what I ordered. This little baby was $24.99 and did not have any shipping costs. I received it just a few days later:
Next, I put this baby up against its first challenge:
I am a pencil snob. There, I said it. I know I’m not alone, either. I prefer a specific brand of pencil because of the way it writes, the way it sharpens, and the way it erases. I couldn’t just test out my favorite pencil, though. That wouldn’t prove a point (no pun intended). So, I grabbed three different brands of pencils I had lying around (Staples, Papermate, and Ticonderoga). Do you have a guess as to which one sharpened the best?
Well, do you? Here are the results:
Believe it or not (you should) each of them sharpened to a perfect point! So, I decided to up the ante and gave this new sharpener a new challenge. Challenge #2
Could this sharpener tackle the pencil box? I should tell you that this is the very same dull pencil box that remained full for the last 3 weeks of school because our class sharpener wouldn’t work, the electric sharpeners around the school wouldn’t work, and I was simply in school supply survival mode which means I wasn’t willing to go out and buy brand new pencils just to have to store them all summer (instead a parent donated some pencils that had those refillable pieces and didn’t need sharpening).
So, how did the sharpener do with this difficult task? Are you sure you’re ready for this? I wasn’t. After only 10-15 minutes of sharpening (yes, my 2-year old tried to “help”) and 2 or 3 visits to dump the tray, here is what I got to look at…and admire:
I guess these dull pencils need to be moved back to the “sharp” container.
So, what do you do when you are so happy to find a product that actually works? You shout it from the rooftops (aka blogosphere) and try to help some other lucky teacher get to feel the same joy!
I contacted Troy from Classroom Friendly Supplies and he graciously agreed to give one of my followers their very own sharpener. However, he does have a couple of rules:
1 – You must have a US mailing address because he cannot ship internationally.
2 – You must “like” the Classroom Friendly Supplies Facebook page.
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