Monday, January 16, 2012

Pencil Sharpeners

Now that I am back to creating and working in coloured pencil again, I have been giving pencil sharpeners a lot of thought. It is important to have a good pencil sharpener with you at all times when working in coloured pencil because you need to have a very sharp point for the best effects. A bad sharpener will twist and break your lead or chew up your pencil.

Today, a member of one of my online FB art groups posted this link to A Closer Look at Pencil Sharpeners, and it could not have come at a better time. I plan to upgrade my pencil sharpener this week or next.

Generally speaking, I prefer an electric sharpener for the majority of my work.  I have been using a moderately priced Staples brand sharpener that has been working well enough, but does give me too long a point.  The only time I use a battery operated one is if I am traveling or working away from home.  The hand held manual sharpeners are fine for short bits, but your hand become cramped and sore if you are using these for large pieces.

Please read the linked article for a more comprehensive analysis of different pencil sharpeners.

A Closer Look at Pencil Sharpeners

A Quick Tip:
You should run an HB (#2) pencil every now and again through your sharpener if you are using it exclusively for coloured pencils. It will help it to keep running and sharpening well.

Also, avoid dropping your pencils. It breaks the lead inside the casing.


  1. I have this exact pencil sharpener and I love it. It's the best I've ever had and so simple and inexpensive and battery powered too. It has saved me a lot of money buying new colored pencils because I used to go through them so much faster with the leads always breaking or getting chewed up in the sharpener.

  2. So what it says about the whole not being big enough is false. I use it for my prismacolors and I have a few polychromos that do fit; although tight, I do confess. So, bogus on the statement that only verithins and hb's are the only ones that fit.