Thursday, May 20, 2010

Meet...My Pencil Sharpener

The last time we had a little home education gathering at my house, the topic of helpful products came up.

There are several products that have made this homeschooling momma's life a little easier and I thought I'd share them with you.

(Please note: I am not doing/do not do product reviews, etc... and have no benefit from blogging this stuff other than trying to helpful.  Just had to say, y'know?).

Alrighty then,  first up?

Our pencil sharpener.

We are on our third electric pencil sharpener in four years.

This year is the first year we've made it to the end (almost) without having to buy a new one.

Now, there really wasn't anything "wrong" with our previous models which all look something like this...


I still have this one on my desk.

But the problem we had with this type of sharpener is that this is design for use in "home/office."

Because the shaving catcher/container thing is 'smoky,' it was harder to see if it was getting full.

I would know it was full because I would hear the familiar cry of, "Mooommmm, there is something wrong with the pencil sharpener!"

Now, emptying out the sharpener should take all of about 15 seconds.
• Pull it out, dump the contents, and put it back in.  Done!

Right?

Oh, no, no-- let's forget to check, keep sharpening pencil after pencil after pencil, wait until it stops working, and then, investigate.

What should have taken 15 seconds will now take 5-10 minutes since shavings are packed in the container AND firmly packed up inside the blades.

Ten minutes and two toothpicks or an unfurled paperclip later, my hands are black and there is shaving "dust" everywhere.

A couple more minutes with the hand vac and/or a rag and guess what?

Now I'm ready for a nap.

Two years of this and I finally decided enough was enough.

Meet our new sharpener:



Click.

"Please turn to the side."


Click.

Sorry, it felt like I was taking mugshots.

Not that I've ever taken a mugshot... or had a mugshot taken...

Stay focused, Lainie.

Where was I?

Oh, yes... sharpeners.

This was not cheap.

I did, however, have a rebate/rewards coupon-y thing from Staples and applied the entire thing towards it's purchase.

It has been worth every penny.

It's strong.

It's fast.

It's, it's...


Super Shaver!

(Maybe I should make it a cape?  Oh that's right, per Edna Mode, "No capes!")




And it has a variable-size hole opening (bonus!), and as you can see, the shavings catch is BIG and clear and we've not filled it up yet.

As we know, every superhero needs a sidekick, right?

Well...
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Sometimes we do like something with a little portability.

Those cheap "personal" sharpeners are... well, junk.

In other words, not a good sidekick for "Super School Pro."

They're inexpensive because they are cheap.
And will spill shavings all over something and stain and make you sad.



This one...



will make you and your student happy, happy, happy.

It snaps close, so no leaky shavings.

Open it up and...


Three sizes!

I left it "as is" so you can tell we actually use the thing.

To empty, simply pick a side and *pop* it open...





Dump the shavings, snap it back together, and you're ready to roll.



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So that is our Dynamic Duo of Sharpening Greatness!

And that is about all I have to say in regards to pencil sharpeners.

So... do you have any of these?

Are you in the market for a new one?

Do you have a pencil sharpener horror story?

Is there a sharpener that you and your family really like?

Do tell...


Until next time...



3 comments:

Kathi @ A Mother's Prayers said...

We only have one cheap-o, for the Big, Fat K pencils. We buy one every few months.

We're on our third electric, and we've also used up a battery operated one.

I agree, you get what you pay for. When this one dies, it's time for something grand.

P.S. A dustbuster to catch all those pencil shavings has also been useful (we're on our third one of those too:).

*P.S. LOVE the Edna "quote"..."Credables" is one of our Faves :)

**P.S. Sooo happy and excited to "see" you posting, we have missed you (both the girls and I have been catching up)...if only Brian's next set of orders were for Oregon...

Lainie said...

{{{waving}}} Hi Kathi :)

We don't use a dustbuster. When we purchased our vacuum, it came with a smaller, but plug in, vacuum and that has held up (except for the carrying strap) years.

And I am happy to be here too!

Our family and your family together in Oregon... I like that!

Hugs to all!

Hi, I'm Jami! said...

I am loving your product reviews! They make me even more excited for the back-to-school sales this summer!

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