Pencil Sharpener Guide

Pencil Sharpener Guide

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There are a lot of pencil sharpeners out there, how do you know which one is the best for you?

We have put together this guide to help answer this question! And as always, please reach out if you ever have any questions. Our team is ready to help you!

Best for Graphite Pencils

Blackwing One-Step Long Point Sharpener

In one step, this new sharpener creates a special long point with a curved taper that resists breakage. The compact design features a machined aluminum body with a German steel blade. The canister can hold three fresh sharpens before needing to be emptied.

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Long Point Pencil Sharpener

This sharpener creates a long extra-smooth tip. The large hole removes the wood casing of the pencil. The smaller hole sharpens the lead to a superfine point. Comes with 1 spare blade. From Germany.

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KUM XF Pencil Sharpener

This simple pencil block pencil sharpener is a favorite here at John Neal Books. The high-carbon steel blade sharpens cleanly and easily. The sharpener comes with two replacement blades that are stored on the sharpener itself, so they are handy when you eventually need to replace the blade. From Germany.

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Best for Colored Pencils:

Cretacolor Mega-Duo Pencil Sharpener

This sharpener is compatible with standard colored pencils and large colored pencils. Designed specifically for use with Cretacolor MegaColor Pencils. Constructed of metal and plastic.

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KUM Colored Pencil Sharpener

This pencil sharpener is made specifically for colored pencils. The sharpener will form a rounded-off tip, so you are less likely to break the tip off. There is a second hole used for normal sharpening. From Germany.

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Specialty Sharpeners:

Flat Pencil Sharpener

This sharpener from General Pencil is the world's first sharpener that creates broad chisel tips on artist pencils. Great for calligraphy practice, drawing, sketching, broad stokes, and covering large areas. This sharpener is compatible with flat pencils, carpenter pencils, oval pencils, and woodless graphite.

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Blackwing x Hovel Pencil Sharpener

This collaboration between Blackwing and Makers Cabinet allows you to create custom pencil points tailored to your specific needs! The Høvel offers the benefits of a traditional woodworking plane, but in a compact size that's perfect for taking with you. Create your custom point by holding the Høvel at both ends with your dominant hand and shaving directly away from yourself until you've reached your desired point. Adjust the angle of the Høvel and the depth of the blade to achieve a variety of different angles.

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Adjustable Sharpeners:

Kutsuwa Lead Adjustable Pencil Sharpener, Length (K'ZOOL)

This amazing pencil sharpener can be adjusted to 5 different sharpening lengths with a simple turn of the dial! Manufactured in Japan, the Kutsuwa K'ZOOL also features a "close" option that shutters the hole and keeps pencil shavings inside, reducing mess. Use the lowest setting for a short, flat pencil edge and the highest setting for a long, super-sharp point. This sharpener is compatible with standard graphite pencils and standard colored pencils.

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Kutsuwa Lead Adjustable Pencil Sharpener, Angle (T'GAAL)

Similar to the K'ZOOL, this sharpener can be adjusted to 5 different sharpening angles. Set the dial to 1 or 2 for a sturdier, shorter tip that reduces breakage and is great for colored pencils. Or set the dial to 3-5 for your hard lead graphite drawing pencils. It is also compatible with standard graphite pencils and standard colored pencils.

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Browse all of our sharpeners here. Also, don't every sharpener needs a pencil and eraser to go along with them!

May 3rd 2023 John Neal Books

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