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Professional and portable, Dahle's mechanical pencil sharpener accepts standard, oversized, and European made pencils up to 12 mm in diameter. It features point adjustment to create blunt or extra sharp tips, as well as automatic feed and shut-off when the desired point is reached.
Dahle sharpeners have Solingen steel blades that remove easily for cleaning. They are safe for even the softest leads and pastel pencils. To many professional artists and illustrators, Dahle's shut-off and point adjustment mechanisms make their sharpeners the most economical choice, as well as the most convenient.
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This is THE sharpener
from New Orleans, LA
Comments about Dahle Professional Pencil Sharpener:
Expensive, but it is THE pencil sharpener to have. GET IT. The Dahle spring-loaded pencil sharpener uses a mildly different principle from any other pencil sharpeners that I've ever seen. Most pencil sharpeners require the human operator to rotate one of our (human) hands against another, with the pencil resting at the intersection of the two circles of rotation. For example, one hand holds the pencil relative to the sharpener, while the other holds the sharpener relative to the pencil, and one or the other or both are rotated against one another; or, for a school-room crank sharpener, one hand holds the pencil relative to the sharpener and therefore the wall on which it is mounted, while the other hand operates the crank at the back of the sharpener. To the contrary, the Dahle's intelligent design eliminates the human hand's typical wavering. With most other designs, one HAND (or, even, TWO!) must hold perfectly steady in three-dimensional space, relative to either the other hand or to the affixed sharpener. The human hand can waver. That's a problem. With the Dahle spring sharpener, you don't have that problem. That's because one PART OF THE SHARPENER holds the pencil, and the OTHER PART OF THE SHARPENER grinds the pencil. Consequently, great solidity can be relied upon, so all the micro-tolerances and the ultimate angle at which the blades for grinding are constructed can all be very accurately built and aligned. THIS REALLY WORKS.What you do is (1) pull the front "mount" out away from the hole; (2) clip the pencil into the "mount", which is spring-loaded and will retract when you release it, to gently force the tip of the pencil into the hole; (3) LET GO OF THE PENCIL and use your hands to hold (a) the crank and (b) the rest of the sharpener; and, obviously, (4) turn the crank. As you crank, the pencil gets ground just like an old familiar schoolroom sharpener. Meanwhile, the mount will be moved by the spring slowly toward the hole, thus pushing the pencil PERFECTLY STRAIGHT and UNWAVERINGLY into the hole to the PERFECT DEPTH. At which point the sharpener starts squeaking because you've created a fine point. So, (5) stop cranking, unclip and remove the pencil, and (6) BE AMAZED. :) I've had experience with three or four of these in my life. Every single one of them works better than any other pencil sharpener I've ever used. The newer plastic materials are a disappointment -- if you ever find an old-school 1950s metal-cased Dahle spring-loaded pencil sharpener in some junk yard or thrift shop, BUY IT and refurbish it if you have to, it's WORTH IT. These are not ideal for soft-cored pastel-type pencils. We are (all artists! LOL ...) trying to learn how to sharpen pencils which have a core of pigment and / lead and / or charcoal and / or pastel and / or whatever. It's just difficult to do that in a sharpener. The core may become very sharp, but it will also become disconnected. In other words, you might make a very pointy cone out of the tip of your pencil, but the tip of the cone is very likely to break off, whenever the cone is tipped with something soft and breakable. This Dahle sharpener doesn't really solve this problem. You CAN give it a try with (for example) the Conte brand pencils (which are wood tubes, like most pencils, that don't have lead or wax but rather have a pastel-core in them, called appropriately "pastel pencils"). I know you'll get an extremely accurately ground pencil which ends in a very long, tapered cone of pastel sticking out of its wood tube. But your tapered cone of pastel may nevertheless break off. So, GET a Dahle, you owe it to yourself. Get one and use it for what it's intended -- medium-hard to hard charcoals; any graphites (from 9H all the way to the softest, 9B, you shouldn't have a problem unless it's a poorly constructed cheap-o pencil); harder-point "drawing sticks" (for example, Conte brand Sanguine pencil-shaped DRAWING STICK, which is not to be confused with Conte brand sanguine-colored PASTEL in a pencil form); and also crayons and wax-based oil-soluble or water-soluble pigment sticks (for example, the Caran d'Ache NeoColor line). They'll all come out amazingly harpoon-like, with evil long dextrous beautiful points. The Dahle can't harden the cores of your pastels, so if the pigmented portion of a pencil is soft and powdery, it probably will still break. But if the pigment has any hardness or waxiness or clinginess to it, at all, then boy you will LOVE your Dahle. I own two. One is an old metal one. I am trying to figure out how to re-configure or re-grind the internal mechanism, perfect the spring, and re-straighten the mount's slide-bars so they are better re-aligned. It's worth the effort.I'm in love with the Dahle spring-mounts. You will be, too. :)
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Bought it at last!
from RGV, TX
Way better than my quality classroom type personal sharpener
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
The best sharpener I've ever owned. Very pleased with it.
By Color Addict
I can't think of one thing I dislike about this sharpener.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Orofino, ID
I purchased this for my wife to sharpen colored pencils. She was very happy with the way it worked. If you use the sharpener gently, it will make a sharp point without breaking the colored pencil lead.
A must have for the Serious Artists
By Art making machine
from Wilkes Barre, PA
If your into drawing with the softest of Charcoal. This sharpener is a must have. Never break your charcoal again when sharpening it.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not Happy. Dont buy!
The Sharpner constantly jams..Very flimsey...The blade assembly keeps falling out and has to be cleaned all the time or it does not work. Very very disappointed.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this sharpener does not meet your expectations. A member of our Customer Care team will be in touch to see if we may assist you with a return or exchange.
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Good as long as it lasts
from Pacific Coast
I loved this sharpener at first. It sharpened pastel and colored pencils quite well - to a much finer point than any hand held sharpener can do. As others have mentioned there are no instructions and you have to figure out how to use the "grabber" to get the pencil to pull in. The sharpness adjustment never worked. But, it sharpened pencils great. Until it didn't. After about 50-75 sharpenings, it started breaking off tips. Then it would not pull the pencil in and there was no sharpening happening. But it continued to break off tips. I lost large chunks of expensive pencils trying to get it to work again. I cleaned it, tried different placements of the "gripper", different types of pencils. Nothing worked. Blick has an excellent return policy, but it's really not worth the cost of shipping it back for the cost of the item. For 50 sharpenings, it cost me about 50 cents per sharpening. I will have to find another way to reliably gat a fine point on my pastel and colored pencils. It's a shame, because when this sharpener works, it works great. Just not for very long, as some others have pointed out.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
My Favorite Pencil Sharpener
from Memphis, TN
I needed a dull angle sharpener for golf style pencils. No luck. Settled on this sharpener. It did provider a more shallow angle than any other sharpener I could find AND it was an overall EXCELLENT purchase.I taught in a hospital setting. Students could only use pencils. This sharpener outlasted two or three electric pencil sharpeners that other teachers were using.However, I or other staff members did all the sharpening which prevented damage. The crank turns counter-clockwise. Turning it clockwise causes it to disassemble. (The final use was by an 'untrained' staff person that pushed the pencil in too hard and torqued it to hard clockwise. Pieces twisted and broke. BUT this was after approx 100 uses daily for 9 months.) I did not clip the box to a desk--just held it in my left hand and cranked with my right. The jaws grip the pencil and allow for one-handed use if it is clipped down. NOTE: I only used the sharpener for graphite pencils. Colored pencils would surely decrease the life. I use a cheap electric pencil sharpener for colored pencils. This is my FAVORITE sharpener. I purchase a new one at the beginning of each year. It is light-weight and durable. Would be great to carry in a back-pack if you journal or sketch. There is a setting that allows you to adjust the sharpness of the point. The actual angle, as noted, is a bit blunter than standard sharpener which is something I wanted so that the pencils would last longer.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
By Artist heaven
As an artist I require pencils with a very long sharpened lead.This sharpener delivers. Fast delivery too
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Not good for classroom use
By Art teacher Fairport
from Fairport, NY
I bought several of these sharpeners for my art classroom. We go through pencil sharpeners a lot. I was excited when I first bought these they seemed durable at first. Over the course of the school year it the inside parts started to break. Mostly the plastic parts. If a student accidentally dropped in on the floor when they were emptying it the inside parts broke easily as well. I was so disappointed because I thought I had found the best sharpener. It would withstand use from one single user who was able to take care of it but even afetr giving my students specific instructions on how to use it they had trouble figuring it out and the pencils were not coming out as perfect as when they sharpener was fresh out of the box. It would be great if they can replace some of the inner guts of this sharpener with sturdier parts. It just didnt stand up to the quality I had expected from Dahle.
Merchant response: We apologize for the issues you encountered with this product. If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
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