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    Sharpening Prismacolor Pencils

    Hey all,

    I use a Boston electric sharpener to sharpen my Prismacolor pencils and it works great, I get a sharp fine point. But when I'm at work I can't bring my sharpener with me as it's pretty noisy.

    Right now I sharpen my pencils using a razor blade and it gets the wood off but the pencil doesn't have that sharp tip. Anyway know of a good handheld sharpener for prismacolors, most just chew the wood to bits and cracks the lead.

    Anyone have this Prismacolor sharpener?
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    I haven't tried this, but I am eager to here if anyone has. I have the same problem you do, and it is really annoying, not to mention expensive if the leads keep breaking off.

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    I use a simple alvin hand sharpener. looks kinda like an inkwell, has a glass bottle that comes in all sorts of colors. Been working great for a number of years now.

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    On trick that I use is to have a sandpaper pad nearby. I use it on a regular basis to keep the tips sharp. One other thing that I do to keep the tips of my Prismas super sharp is when I rule lines down, I twirl the pencil in my hand as I drag its tip across my straight edge.

    And whatever you do, do NOT drop your Prismas. Sometimes just a simple drop will shatter the lead inside the pencil. There's nothing worse than sharpening your lead and then magically the lead falls out.

    Good luck.

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    i have the prisma sharpner, and use it all the time. Works fine

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    regular box cutter and a sand paper pad. Barely loses any lead while sharpening, lasts for the longest.

    "Do the best that you wanna do." -My personal quote.

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    Man, I never thought of a sandpaper pad. Thanks all.

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    whats so special about the prisma sharpener???

    i used to have this problem lots and still do from time to time, i use a steadler (sp?) sharpener

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogfa
    Man, I never thought of a sandpaper pad. Thanks all.
    Think about two different sandpaper pads too. Keep one for your WHITE Prismas and one for your BLACK Prismas. Nothing's worse than "mixing" the two colors when you want one crisp color.

    I also have one of those two holed pencil sharpeners just for the same thing- to avoid mixing my colored leads.

    Hopefully this info helps.

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