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X-Acto Electric pencil sharpeners are designed for demanding office, studio, and classroom environments. They are quality tools that will last for many years.
The X-Acto 1800 Electric Sharpener is the finest home/office sharpener available, in a compact style at a truly affordable price. All-steel cutters sharpen standard size pencils with a pencil stop for economy.
Requires 110V AC outlet.
Warning — All electrical products have U.S. standard plugs and voltage. Due to damage that can occur when using incompatible plugs, sockets, or converters, Blick does not ship electrical items or accessories outside of North America or to freight forwarders.
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X-Acto Used to Be the go to Brand
from New Jersey
Comments about X-Acto 1800 Electric Pencil Sharpener:
In short it only works occasionally. The motor seems to get jammed or stuck no matter what type of pressure is applied. If you try it 7-8 times in a row it will eventually work. Definitely not worth the price. I am an artist that does some drafting and historically this brand was always very reliable. Not sure what has happened to the quality, but my last few purchases of their products have been disappointing. Just FYI
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Do not buy!
By Art teacher
from San Antonio, Texas
Do not buy this sharpener for a classroom. The front needs to be taped, so the sharpener can be functional. Also, after a week, it makes this horrific loud sound. The old model for this sharpener is way better, too bad they made a new model and became the worst sharpener of all time.
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this sharpener did not perform as expected. We believe yours may be defective. A member of our Customer Care team will be in touch to assist you with a return or exchange.
from New London, TX
This pencil sharpener is awful. The plastic pencil shaving tray is part of the front and it doesn't fit in the sharpener well, meaning it rarely sharpens because the front comes loose. The only way I can make it work is to tape the front on, but as this is a classroom pencil sharpener in art, I have to untape and empty it very often- a huge hassel. I got two of them, unfortunately, and as my budget is small this was a big expenditure for me. What a disappointment! I'd return it but getting one purchase order through my school is hard enough, much less return and then get another, so I'm stuck with it. Xacto brand, we're through!
Merchant response: We are sorry to hear that this sharpener is not performing as expected and may be defective. A member of our Customer Care team will be contacting you to assist you further with this issue.
Hard to keep working.
By Angie B.
from Elizabethton, TN
I ordered three of these and two of them were broken right out of the box. Blick was good enough to quickly replace them. They are way too finicky. If the shaving catcher is not pushed fully on it will not operate. If you apply too much pressure with your pencil, it will not operate, etc.
Merchant response: Thank you for sharing your feedback. If you are not completely satisfied with this sharpener, our Product Experts would be happy to help you select one that might better meet your needs. You can reach us Mon-Fri from 8:00am to 5:30pmCST at 1-800-933-2542.
Great deal for the price
By Freelance Art Department
Can't go wrong with this one, works perfectly, quiet, fast and affordable.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Plover, WI
I'm a colored pencil artist and have gone through many, many electric sharpeners over the years. x acto has always been a reliable brand but not so this new design. Having the shavings receptacle and the sharpening hole as one unit seems to prevent the motor from engaging when I insert a pencil. It just doesn't stay together. I have it taped shut right now which seems to help but will be impracticle for emptying of course. Not buying this again.
Merchant response: Our Product Experts would be happy to help you select a more appropriate sharpener for colored pencils. We are available M-F from 8:00am to 5:30pmCST and can be reached at 1-800-933-2542.
Stopped working after sharpening 10
This unit stopped working after sharpening ten pencils. It just doesn't work at all--the motor runs but does not sharpen. We have opened it up and found the parts to be at odd angles and poorly put together. The ten pencils it did sharpen were ragged and pointy to a fault. The motor and grinding were extremely loud. The opening in which to fit the pencils is thin, shabby and barely large enough. This is a piece of junk. Hate to put it in the landfill but there it will go.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I hate this sharpener
By Elderly Gent
from Elizabeth City, NC
I have had this sharpener for 9 years and I hate it. I use it rarely for private use and it doesn't make the pencils come to a point. It's really awful.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
great for a classroom
These are really excellent pencil sharpeners. They really stand up to the test of time and heavy usage. I'm an art teacher and I keep two in my classroom and they are used every day, and often very heavily. We put everything in them from pencils to colored pencils to watercolor pencils- it takes them all. (I've even caught kids putting crayons in them from time to time and they somehow survive it). My last pair lasted for two years before I retired them and bought new ones- at a stretch they could have lasted longer.Now, after such heavy usage they don't sharpen perfectly- the wood might look slightly ragged and they occasionally overheat or get stopped up with pencil tips, but they are very reliable and long lasting and well priced and with my budget that makes dealing with a few flaws okay. And they sharpen to a nice point, and that's really all I ask of them. These are great, I'd suggest them for any art teacher; they're well worth spending some of your budget to avoid the hand sharpeners the office gives you!
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Good Bang for the Buck
By Gina's Drawings
from Indian Trail, NC
I almost exclusively use this for sharpening colored pencils, which are notoriously HARD on pencil sharpeners. I literally sharpened an entire new set of CPs (over 100) and then some. I've had this sharpener for a little under a year and it's still going strong!There is one thing that people will find helpful - if you are sharpening A LOT, the motor gets really hot. If the motor gets too hot, it will cease to function until it cools down. I truly thought I blew it up with heavy use one afternoon. I even tore it apart with a screwdriver to see if I could "fix" it when it stopped working. I left it alone and it ran fine the next day. It just needed to cool down.So, lesson learned - this sharpener will take a licking, but let it cool off a little when it gets really hot to keep on ticking. Also, it helps to run a regular wooden/graphite pencil in the sharpener occasionally between colored pencils to keep the blades clean and in top shape! ;-)
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