Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Faber Castell Sharpening Machine 1828 review

Found this children's crank-operated pencil sharpener at a local Barnes & Noble bookstore, and figured it would go well with a nice set of colored pencils as a holiday gift for my nephew.  From its packaging label, the Faber Castell Sharpening Machine 1828 was probably manufactured in Malaysia, but oddly its country of origin is not clearly marked anywhere on its lightweight plastic body.
The cutting mechanism can easily be removed from its housing with a counter-clockwise twist for cleaning and clearing out broken leads that might jam it.  This particular model is designed for sharpening triangular, round, and hexagonal pencils that are 8 to 11 mm in diameter.  It yields a medium size taper on graphite and colored pencils.
This sharpening machine has a generously sized clear waste receptacle that allows constant monitoring of the shavings build up, so that it may be emptied in a timely fashion.  It also features rubber grips that prevent marring of the pencils just like the Uni KH-20.  The unit can be mounted on counter tops or drawing tables with the included clamp.  Initial performance is reasonably smooth, and you can tell that a pencil is sharp enough when you feel less resistance while turning the crank.  Judging from the reaction of puzzlement of most of my students with my Classroom Friendly Sharpener, this type of sharpener must no longer be a common sight in school classrooms.  Yet most seem to enjoy sharpening their pencils with this mechanical contraption for a change.  Not requiring a power outlet nor batteries and having a built-in waste container, crank-operated sharpeners are pretty convenient to have around when you need to sharpen a bunch of pencils and do not have a trash can close by.

2 comments:

Kevin said...

I never cease to be amazed that many cheaper rotary sharpeners have rubber protective grippers and yet I can pay $30-$50 and more for an "adult" staedtler, FC or Carl rotary sharpener and have to put up with "metal teeth of death" grippers. Weird - I just don't get it.

B2-kun said...

Indeed. One would think that rubber grips to protect the surface finish of premium pencils should be a given standard feature for crank sharpeners. Guess manufacturers are wrongly assuming that the end user is only sharpening dime a dozen pencils with their products. Thanks for the comment.