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Maped makes this all-metal sharpener with two holes, one for standard size pencils (8 mm), and the other for large size pencils (10.5 mm).
Even if you don't use large-size elementary school pencils, the larger hole is handy for careful sharpening of charcoal, pastels, and colored pencils.
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Comments about Alvin Hand-Held Sharpener:
The blade on this sharpener is very good, it sharpens quickly and without breaking the lead or ripping the wood.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Reliable hand-held sharpener
I really prefer a hand-hels sharpener for my pastel and charcoal pencils. The Maped is the one which had given me the cleanest point and the least lead breakages.
Best Hand-Held Sharpener
By Moon Shines Brightly
For use with pastel pencils such as General's, a hand-held sharpener is best. Of all the ones my students and Ihave used over the past several years, the Maped's have been the very best ones. I hope Blick keeps offering these for sale. I used to find them at some brick-and-mortar stores but they were dropped from purchasing because it became difficult to find them. I will definitely reorder these!
Great hand held sharpener.
Used it to sharpen my colored and pastel pencile. Easily sharpened penciles to a fine point with breaking or damaging them. Really nice sharpener, especially for the price.
from SF Bay Area
For the inexpensive price of this sharpener, I expected something rather cheap. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this sharpener is not a cheap plastic, but metal (or some equivalent heavy material). It sharpens really well, and as a mixed media artist, I appreciate the sharpener's ability to work on different size and types of pencils. I shopped the Blick sale and the price was super good. Well worth it & I'd purchase again.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Best pencil sharpener!
I constantly use prismacolor pencils, and prefer to keep them absolutely sharp. That said, I have gone through quite a few pencil sharpeners over the years, but this particular brand of handheld pencil sharpener has preformed the BEST of ANY other pencil sharpener I have used! The blade lasts the longest, it takes very little effort to sharpen my pencils, and quickly creates a super clean, super smooth point with very little waste. Obviously, any sharpener or blade, regardless of brand, will eventually need to be replaced with time, (as many of you know, it will gradually require more effort to sharpen, cause chipping/breaking the wood or lead, and ultimately create more waste), but this is easy enough to do given the inexpensive price. And as I said before, this one has lasted me the longest and produced the cleanest point out of any other sharpener out there, and has become the ONLY brand I buy!
from Dallas, TX
Sharpens like a pro!!!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
By Lauren the art star
I like these sharpeners and have ordered them over again. They stay sharp and work well with all my pencils. I have had the same one over a year and it still does a great job getting my pencils to a clean point.
Best Little hand sharperner
By Lauren the Arts Educator
from Silver Spring, Maryland
I purchased these for use with colored pencils. They are perfect for this use!
By Orchid Artist
from Forest Park, IL
I teach watercolor, colored pencil and basic botanical drawing to students of all ages. The versatility of the dual hole sharpener means it can accommodate pencils of different thicknesses, and the reasonable price is attractive to the bottom line! When working with young children, thicker pencils (such as Jolly Big-X) need the sharpener with a larger diameter.
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