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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Review: OfficePro Electric Pencil Sharpener

If you have kids in the house, you're going to have a ton of pencils, and usually the regular kind: mechanical pencils aren't nearly as good for kids (the sharp points break off too easily, and kids press too hard and cause paper to tear when using them), and cost a lot more when the pencil inevitably breaks. With the regular wooden pencils, you have to sharpen them.

Over the years, we've tried a bunch of different pencil sharpeners: the hand-held kind (breaks easily after abuse), the rotary kind (too finicky to mount and not portable), and everything in between. None of them have given satisfactory results. The OfficePro Electric beats them all, and by a significant margin.

The sharpener is powered by 4 AA batteries, which would be a pain to replace if they wore out rapidly, but it turns out that they don't. The sharpener demands that you put pressure and hold it still while the rotary blades inside work. That's great. If the kid lets go, the entire pencil rotates and the pencil doesn't get sharpened, no harm done. When the sharpening is done it stops automatically but unfortunately, Bowen pushed so hard that he broke the thing.

I guess you can't make anything so robust that a 6-year old can't break it. I'd still recommend getting one, but you do need to supervise your kid while he's using it.

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