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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.
® Maped is a registered trademark.
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Standard go-to sharpener
from Davenpot, Iowa
Comments about Alvin Hand-Held Sharpener:
This is my go-to sharpener for students. I have ordered many of these over the years. My only problem is not having them end up in student backpacks!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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perfect small sharpener
By Mr. Robinson
This is a great small hand-held sharpener for the price.
The Best Pencil Sharpener
from Dallas, TX
This sharpener is probably one of the best I've ever used. It gets my pencils to an extremely sharp point and its small size makes it easy to carry around. The only downside I would say is that there is no dispenser for pencil shavings. I use a small ziplock bag for dispensing the pencil shavings but if it came with a small container for shavings on its own then this sharpener would most definitely be a cut above the rest. Other than that small nitpick, it's the best pencil sharpener!
By formerly gillham
This sharpener provides a nice point and is easily used by my elementary students.
The blade on this sharpener is very good, it sharpens quickly and without breaking the lead or ripping the wood.
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.
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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!
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