Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener ~ Review

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Have you ever gotten frustrated because it seems like every pencil in your house is dull when you need it? Or maybe you are constantly trying new pencil sharpeners and just cannot find the right one. If either of these apply to you, I am happy to say we have found the solution! Arlene and I received a Midnight Black pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies to review and we are quite impressed! These quality pencil sharpeners are available in seven colors and are made to stand up to the rigors of everyday classroom use. They are a great option for homeschoolers as well!

After using this pencil sharpener for the past month, I understand why so many classroom teachers love them. They make a consistent, sharp point every time. The noise is less than an old-fashioned metal pencil sharpener, like those I used in school so long ago, but the point produced is better and more consistent than most modern electric pencil sharpeners available today. 

How does this pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies work so well? The design is the key. Instead of the student continually cranking the handle over and over and wondering if the pencil is ready yet, on these innovative sharpeners, the face plate comes forward and grips the pencil, moving it the correct amount for a perfect point each time it is used.

pencil sharpeners, classroom friendly supplies

Our pencil sharpener arrived, securely packed, and Arlene was ready to try it out. Since Arlene loves to draw, she is quite particular about her pencils. She likes a sharp point, but does not like traditional pencil sharpeners because they either eat too much of her pencil, or the lead breaks off and gets stuck in the blades. This pencil sharpener is different because it has one rotating blade, and the stationary pencil holder so the end is less likely to break off. If the lead does break, a simple twist on the gear arm removes the blade so you can clean it out. There is a helpful YouTube video that shows the process. You can watch it on their website, or directly on YouTube.

As you can see in the pictures above, the shavings are collected in a clear drawer that can be easily removed and dumped whenever needed. The pencil sharpener can either be held in the student's other hand, or it can be fastened to a desktop or table with the enclosed clamp. We used it most often with the clamp attaching it to the side of a small table. Classroom Friendly Supplies also offers a permanent sharpener mount that can be used to attach the pencil sharpener to a teacher's desk or classroom table so you always know where it is. I think this would be an ideal solution for classroom use, since because of the drawer design, it cannot be mounted on the wall.

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This really is a simple to use, consistent pencil sharpener. Squeeze the little black tabs on top to pull out the faceplate and insert your pencil. Crank the handle until the faceplate pulls your pencil in to sharpen it to a point, then squeeze the little tabs (they look like ears to me) again to remove your pencil. Empty the drawer as needed, and learn to love pencils again! Arlene (age 16) was so impressed by how well it worked that she went through our box of 50 colored pencils and sharpened every single one of them! 

The Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpeners retail for $24.99 for a single sharpener, which includes free shipping. These solid metal sharpeners are worth every penny! If you are purchasing for a classroom, there is a significant discount (30%) if you purchase three of the same color at a time. 

Classroom Friendly Sharpeners also offer a super-bonus discount of 45% to schools (and PTOs) if they purchase 36 sharpeners at a time. If you are looking for a good use of your supply funds, why not ask your PTO or your school principal to purchase these for the entire building? For the super discount, all 36 must be of the same color, but they can be any of the seven color choices. You could have pencil sharpeners that match your school mascot!

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Overall we both give this pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies an A+ for quality, consistency, and value!

To learn more about these great pencil sharpeners, visit Classroom Friendly Supplies on their Facebook page!
Visit them on Pinterest for some great ideas and giveaways!
They are brand new to Google + so stop by and be one of their original followers!

Make sure you stop back by Home Sweet Life often as we will be hosting a Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener giveaway later this month!

Disclosure: we received a free pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies in exchange for an honest review. We were not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

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