Disclosure: I received the product mentioned to facilitate my review. Regardless, all opinions are my own and those of my family.
The first thing I posted in the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials series was the need for a lot of pencils. Our kids are always losing them and breaking them. Of course, that also means a good pencil sharpener is important, too. This is something we hadn’t yet found.
When I saw the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener I was intrigued and wondered if this could be the solution to our pencil sharpener problems! I was excited for the chance to review it.
At one point I was convinced we needed an electric pencil sharpener, but they have been nothing but problematic for us. I was relieved this was not an electric pencil sharpener yet it looked so easy to use that it wouldn’t be hard on my hands and wrists, which can be a problem for me. Surprisingly, our electronic one IS because I really have to push the pencil in hard for it to even work. Of course, knowing the right amount of pressure is a challenge, too, and sometimes I push too hard and break it. It’s a constant battle.
When the Classroom Friendly Sharpener arrived I was eager to try it right away. We have plenty of pencils that need sharpening so we could test it out! The Classroom Friendly Sharpener comes with a wall mount, but it also has little bumpers on the bottom so you can place it on a table or desk. Since we rent and are trying to minimize holes in the wall, this is the option we chose.
Now you may be wondering how you can hold the sharpener, pencil, and turn the crank at the same time? The unique feature I enjoy most about this pencil sharpener – you don’t have to hold the pencil! Seriously, it does it for you. It stops when it’s finished, and you end up with a perfect point every time! My husband and I were so impressed we sharpened a whole handful of pencils just to keep using it!
I took a little video to show it in action!
Pretty awesome, right? We have sharpened at least 20 pencils and have always gotten the same, reliable results – a nicely sharpened pencil that took no straining and no problems with the led breaking. They are all just standard pencils with standard led.
An extra benefit is that this pencil sharpener is pretty quiet, too! No loud hums and grinds from an electric pencil sharpener, but no loud grinding either like the manual pencil sharpeners I remember from school!
I can definitely say this is our favorite pencil sharpener, and it is definitely the most effective. It is the solution to our pencil sharpener problems! Plus, the kids like using it so much, I don’t have to remind them to keep their pencils sharpened! It gets two thumbs up for being homeschool friendly, too!
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