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    Thumbs up handy lead sharpener

    Last edited by OmenSpirits; March 9th, 2011 at 12:36 AM.
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    So I'm wondering what makes it better than one of these:

    http://www.pencilthings.com/rotary-l...2mm-leads.html

    Because the problem I have with non-rotary sharpeners is that the lead point breaks rather easily due to uneven pressure and wobble while sharpening. And I'm sorry but you're always going to get some degree of the above with any manual sharpener of that type, so I don't really believe their claims... just sayin'.

    Anyone care to buy one and prove me wrong?

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    I'll let you know when it comes in.

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    My leadholder has a small sharpener in the top cap ( you know, the things you press on ). You need to clean it out afterwards tough, as there's nowhere for the graphite dust to go.

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    I've been using the type of small hand-held sharpeners shown in the first post above. However, recently, I find myself breaking the lead at least 5 - 7 times while sharpening it, and it's like, a long new pencil suddenly becomes real short because I keep sharpening and the lead keeps breaking.

    Yesterday, I got fed up with the shit and went to buy those desk sharpeners (see http://www.pencilthings.com/pencil-s...rs/desk-manual ). It's a life-saver, I tell you. Fast, stable, consistent, lead won't break etc.

    An electric sharpener would be even better, but it's too expensive and uses electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scribble King View Post
    So I'm wondering what makes it better than one of these:

    http://www.pencilthings.com/rotary-l...2mm-leads.html

    Because the problem I have with non-rotary sharpeners is that the lead point breaks rather easily due to uneven pressure and wobble while sharpening. And I'm sorry but you're always going to get some degree of the above with any manual sharpener of that type, so I don't really believe their claims... just sayin'.

    Anyone care to buy one and prove me wrong?
    The only advantage one of those small hand-helds has over a rotary sharpener is portability. Imagine the mess if a rotary sharpener opened up in your bag and spilled the accumulated graphite powder all over the place.


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    Before I got the rotary sharpener, I experimented with using the penknife to sharpen the lead, but the problem with this approach is that the lead ends up being always round, and not the fierce sharp tip you get from a sharpener. Sharp lines = awesome

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    I've had nothing but trouble from portable sharpeners. I've lost a lot of good lead to those things. In fact now that I'm thinking about it I'm gonna order a rotary/electric sharpener right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xeon_OND View Post
    Before I got the rotary sharpener, I experimented with using the penknife to sharpen the lead, but the problem with this approach is that the lead ends up being always round, and not the fierce sharp tip you get from a sharpener. Sharp lines = awesome
    If you sand it aswell you can get different effects out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    The only advantage one of those small hand-helds has over a rotary sharpener is portability. Imagine the mess if a rotary sharpener opened up in your bag and spilled the accumulated graphite powder all over the place.
    Hahaha, I suppose that would pretty much suck. Never had that happen with my rotary, so I guess I bought a good one.

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    Received it today.

    It's great!

    The 2mm lead is braced against the right side of the entrance hole and after a few attempts of sharpening, a nice fine point is sharpened without the feeling of the lead cracking.

    Keeping the lead in the holder is the best way to use this.



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    http://www.pencilthings.com/long-poi...-pointers.html

    I use this one and love it.

    It uses a 2 step sharpening process that allows it to expose more lead with a longer tip, great for those who like to use the side of the lead. Also has lead pointers for two lead sizes.

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    I use my schwiss army knife, should I really change into a rotary one? Wont that eat up the pen more quickly?

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