Monday, January 16, 2012
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.