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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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Worked great, for about one month
from San Jose, CA
Comments about Dahle Professional Pencil Sharpener:
Boy was I happy with this sharpener. I sharpened every pastel, graphic, colored pencil that needed a nice fine point. Minimal breakage. How great! My joy lasted all of one month. Now, not only will it not sharpen anything to a clean point, but it's off-centered, and completely chews up my pastel pencils. My poor pastel pencils have teeth marks out the outside from the metal 'claws', and a chewed blunt lead. Even colored pencils are sharpened poorly (off-centered). In the garbage.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Fantastic colored pencil sharpener!!
from Liberty, SC
Only ordered two, but would have six if I had the extra money. Best colored pencil sharpener ever! Great for classroom--even elementary.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from San Luis Obispo
does what I bought it for
Pastel Pencil Sharpener Search
from Birmingham, Al
The Dahle sharpener is probably the best an ordinary person can find these days.I like the adjustable holder and the clamp which holds in the pencil. The blades aregood. It does the job which is more than I can say for the others I tried. I like the fact that it clamps to the table also. So, good for the amateur artist. But not great. Would like it to be sturdier, but it is adequate.
Dahle pencil sharpener
By Big Marv
So far so good. It seems a little flimsy, but works well.I'm interested in how long it will last, as it's still brand new.
colored pencil sharpener
from Eugene, OR.
So far so good, it sharpens well, but it seems to be rather flimsy.The question is how long will it continue to operate. I'll keep you advised as to its continuous operation.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This is THE sharpener
from New Orleans, LA
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. :)
Bought it at last!
from RGV, TX
Way better than my quality classroom type personal sharpener
(1 of 2 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.
(2 of 2 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.
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