1. Jenn

    I have to say that if I am some place without a pencil (sacrilege, I know!) and need one or am looking for something pencil related to give as a gift to a “non-pencil” person, Ticonderoga has been my go-to brand for the last few years mostly for durability and wide availability. I could probably make a bouquet from my stockpile of “my first ticonderoga” pencils. I’ll be interested to see how this sharpener holds up to your munchkins over the next few years.

  2. Great review thanks Johnny. I have a few Kum manual sharpeners that I really like. I notice unevenness of the trimmed away wood at the widest point of the exposed led. I’m wondering if you see that as a disadvantage. Maybe it’s cosmetic only. I haven’t worked with electrics that much so maybe it’s relative to what you mentioned about holding the pencil very still and centered.

  3. junius

    The benefit of a truly pronounced concave point is the narrow cylinder of lead it produces at the tip which results in a stronger point and precise marking for a longer period of time between sharpenings than can be effected by a pencil sharpened to a standard cone. The difference appears negligible in John’s side-by-side photo of the Classroom Friendly and Ticonderoga points, but it’s there. Sometimes one wants a needle-sharp point despite its inherent fragility, but a slender but sturdy stalk of graphite is a writer’s point.

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