*I received a pencil sharpener from ClassroomFriendlySupplies.com in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.*
You guys. YOU GUYS!! I FOUND IT!
I’ve been searching for 15 years and I think I’ve finally found the holy grail!
YES! I think I have found the perfect pencil sharpener!
Ok, I know this is exciting but let’s take it slow, shall we?
This is the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, available exclusively at ClassroomFriendlySupplies.com. I’ve named mine Jasmine, isn’t she gorgeous? Look at that blue!
The standard Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener comes in beautiful hues of green, blue, red, pink, and black. Additionally, you can buy a special sharpener for extra large pencils & an adorable car-shaped sharpener for younger classrooms.
See the little vice doodad securing the sharpener to the counter? The sharpener comes with that so it can attach anywhere. This is far superior to the suction-mount crank sharpeners I’ve used in the past and it’s great for people like me who homeschool and rent, I’m not sure our landlord would love it if I permanently mounted a pencil sharpener in the kitchen.
BUT, let’s say you want to permanently mount the sharpener. You can totally do that by purchasing a permanent mount.
Don’t have a place to mount it temporarily or permanently? No worries! This sharpener is solidly made and has rubber grips on the bottom, making it easy to use even without mounting.
The next thing you’ll notice is the clear shavings tray. The clear tray means it’s easy to see when it’s getting full. To empty the tray all you do it slide it out of the sharpener, easy peasy. OH, and the crank? Yeah, it’s totally removable so you can easily clean the little kid germs off it as needed.
So here’s how you use this beauty:
1. Pull the metal tray out.
You know how kids push pencils into the sharpener really aggressively, often breaking the lead or pencil off in the sharpner, or burning out the motor? Yeah, that won’t happen with this sharpener. The metal tray that pulls out is actually a pencil feed!!! The tray feeds the pencil into the sharpener, no pushing needed!!
2. Squeeze the black tabs together, insert the pencil, release the black tabs.
Squeezing the black tabs releases the grip inside the pencil hole. When you release the black tabs the grips go back into place, securely holding the pencil.
3. Crank the handle clockwise
Because, well, counter-clockwise won’t work.
4. Crank the handle until you feel a release.
This pencil sharpener is different than all the others. Why? It stops sharpening when the pencil is sharpened. Really!!
5. Squeeze the black tabs to release the pencil and slide the metal tray back into place.
Yes, it’s THAT easy!
Here’s a totally unprofessional video that my 10 year old took as I used the sharpener. I elected not to video tape my child using the sharpener, not because he couldn’t, but because anyone who knows me knows I have less dexterity than a 10 year old. The fact that *I* can use this sharpener without trouble means a lot!
Now, let’s talk about maintenance. I’ve already told you that the handle comes off for cleaning. You can also easily clean and replace the blades when needed, check out these instructions for doing so.
This pencil sharpener is far superior to any other I’ve tried, and I’ve tried them all. It’s so easy to use, it’s safe for little fingers, and it even sharpens cheap dollar store pencils to perfection. It’s also affordable, in fact, it’s downright cheap considering it will last years longer than most pencil sharpeners.
If you are also on the search for the holy grail, I invite you to click on over to Classroom Friendly Supplies and find out for yourself why the Classroom Friendly Pencile Sharpener may very likely be the last pencil sharpener you ever buy.
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.