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.
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.
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