Best Crank Pencil Sharpeners – ARTnews.com

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Never get bored with a solid pencil sharpener. A classic option is a manual option with an old-fashioned crank, once a staple of classrooms and art studios everywhere. While many people may opt for electric sharpeners for convenience, a hand crank sharpener is still a great choice if control is a priority. When you’re sharpening colored pencils, charcoals, and even pastels, feeling your professional tool dwindle can mean the difference between a pristine tip and a broken core. Plus, you won’t experience the harsh grind emitted by an electric sharpener. Below, we’ve found the best pencil sharpeners to keep your pencils in pristine condition without batteries or sockets.

ARTnews RECOMMENDS
Derwent SuperPoint Manual Pencil Sharpener
Designed for artists, the Derwent sharpener is constructed with helical steel blades that provide long, sharp points on tools up to eight millimeters in diameter. Sharp, precise blades run smoothly but steadily to expose pits without breaking them, and the crank action is smooth and consistent to help prevent over-sharpening. This sharpener features a clamp to mount it to any work surface without leaving permanent damage, and it stays put when you turn the handle. Finally, a translucent shavings outlet lets you know when you need to empty the waste.

To buy:
Derwent SuperPoint Manual Pencil Sharpener

$26.50

WE LIKE TOO
Dahle professional pencil sharpener
Dahle’s pencil sharpener can handle larger pencils, with a single hole accommodating tools up to 12 millimeters in diameter. We love how versatile it is: you can use it as a hand-held pencil sharpener, but it comes with a clamp if you want to clip it to your desk. A cool feature is its focus adjuster – use this mechanism to set your desired sharpness before you go. One thing to be aware of is that there is a small learning curve with this sharpener. You have to pinch his jaws to tighten your pencil, and the sharpener will pull him as he shaves. Although made of plastic, this sharpener is a workhorse that will deliver crisp results on both hard and soft leads.

To buy:
Dahle professional pencil sharpener

$24.15

ANOTHER GOOD OPTION
Bostitch Antimicrobial Metal Manual Pencil Sharpener
If you have a place in mind to permanently install a sharpener, you can get one that screws onto a stable surface. This model from Bostitch requires three screws to mount it vertically or horizontally for a totally motionless sharpening experience. Resembling the original old-school crank pencil sharpeners, it features an eight-hole dial to accommodate a variety of pencil sizes. The die-cast alloy steel body (connected to an easy-to-sanitize plastic handle) resembles a reservoir and houses ultra-sharp knives. The only sharpener with replaceable parts on our list, this might be the last one you buy.

To buy:
Bostitch Antimicrobial Manual Pencil Sharpener

$18.21

CHOICE OF EDUCATORS
Wall mounted X-Acto Ranger manual pencil sharpener
The only all-metal sharpener on our list, the X-Acto model is equipped with the brand’s famous blades, which are among the sharpest on the market. Like Bostitch’s sharpener, this one has a similar eight-hole design and also screws into place, either horizontally or vertically. Its durability makes it an excellent choice for classrooms, where heavy daily use demands a tool that can withstand continuous, worry-free cranking. Pencils sharpen to give satisfying sharp points without breaking.

To buy:
Wall mounted X-Acto Ranger manual pencil sharpener

$15.99

ALSO CONSIDER
X-Acto Bulldog Vacuum Pencil Sharpener
Weighing just over 10 ounces, this dynamic and compact sharpener is a good option for artists on the go. You get the precision of a hand-cranked tool combined with the portability of a regular hand-held sharpener. With a suction cup base, this sharpener can be pressed onto any non-porous, horizontal surface to create a seal that successfully anchors it while you sharpen. The transparent container means you always know when to empty its contents. It’s made of plastic, so be sure to store it carefully for travel.

To buy:
X-Acto Vacuum Mount Manual Pencil Sharpener

$12.99

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