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Great quality pencil sharpener that feels nice in the hand.
Great quality pencil sharpener that feels nice in the hand. Read Less
This Mobius & Ruppert Brass Round Double Hole hand sharpener (model 602) is miles above any other sharpeners I've used. Though ... Read More
This Mobius & Ruppert Brass Round Double Hole hand sharpener (model 602) is miles above any other sharpeners I've used. Though it seems quite simple, it's remarkably effective and well-designed.*DESIGN*It's the details on the Mobius & Ruppert brass sharpeners that make such a difference. The M&R Round Double Hole sharpener has a hefty substantial weight, seeming sturdy enough to handle dropping. The sides are textured for better grip when turning it (sharpen colored pencils by turning the sharpener, not the pencil - see instructions at the bottom). It's a comfortable size and shape to hold (no finger cramps).The design is so clever, with the blades for the large hole on the top side and the blades for the small hole on the bottom side, arranged in such a way that I've never sliced my finger when turning it. The bore shafts are each slanted upward, naturally aligning the pencil against the blade. This makes it easy to sharpen the pencil without applying a lot of force. It also makes it easier to sharpen pencils that are more narrow than the width of the hole itself.*HOW TO USE*I use the small bore (hole) to sharpen my graphite drawing pencils and hard lead colored pencils -- Prismacolor Verithin, Derwent Studio, Derwent metallic, Faber-Castell Red Line metallic and Crayola -- which gives me a nice long fine point. (See pic #1.)I use the large bore for my soft lead colored pencils -- such as Prismacolor Premier Soft Core, General's Kimberly Watercolor, Spectrum Noir metallic, Prismacolor Colorless Blending Pencil, Derwent Blender pencil and Derwent Burnisher pencil. The larger hole gives me a short but nice sharp point, preventing the breakage that would result from a long point with these types of pencils (see pic #2).The M&R Brass Round Double Hole hand sharpener has been perfect for all of these pencils, giving a reliable sharp point without problems of shredding, choking or splitting the wood.>>>TIP #1: MORE CONVENIENCE, LESS MESS:The number one complaint I've seen when reading reviews of hand held sharpeners is the lack of a reservoir to hold pencil shavings and the need to sharpen over a trash can while working. I don't find this problematic given that there's a simple workaround.I avoid this issue by simply re-using an old mint tin for this purpose. I sharpen over the tin, collecting the shavings inside. (See pics #3-#4.) Then once it's full I'll empty the tin into a trash can (typically every couple days). Altoids tins work well for this because they have a deep bottom, but are still small enough to fit in a pocket. But even the smaller tins are suitable. You just need something with a hinged lid.*COMPARISON*I also bought the M&R Brass Bullet/Grenade style sharpener to see which model I'd prefer. While I like the shape of the Bullet/Grenade model and the way it fits in my hand, the fact that it does not take the standard size M&R blades and has only a single hole (small, for hard leads/long points) is limiting. So I find I'm reaching for the M&R Round Double Hole more because of its versatility. If I had to choose just one, I'd pick the Round Double Hole model.*REPLACEMENT:*This is definitely not a disposable sharpener. Plan to use this for a long, long time. I bought the 10-pack of Mobius & Ruppert standard replacement blades (blade # MGT100-0050, available on Amazon). It is easy to change the blades on the M&R brass sharpeners using a small screwdriver (available at most hardware stores). The sharpener has an indented slot that is curved at one end, fitting the shape of the blades. (See pics #5-#6.) This means it's impossible to install new blades in the wrong direction.>>>TIP #2: NOTE THE SIGNS THAT A BLADE NEEDS REPLACING.A dull blade will start shredding, splitting or choking the wood, or persistently breaking the points. If this occurrs, try replacing the blade.>>>TIP #3: SWAP BLADES FROM ONE SIDE TO THE OTHER.One way to get the most life out of the blades is to swap the most used side for the less used side. For example, if you regularly use the small bore more often than the large bore, then when the small bore blade becomes duller you can remove it and replace it with the large bore blade (then move the duller small bore blade to the large bore side). This will let you further extend the use of each blade before making a new replacement.>>>TIP #4: MAINTAINING THE BLADES:Wax pencils, like colored pencils, dull blades more quickly. To combat this, run a simple graphite pencil through the sharpener periodically, like every 6-8 pencils. This cleans the sharpener and maintains the blades. Use artist pencils, even cheap $1 ones, *not* No.2 school pencils (they suck for this purpose.)*SHARPENING TIPS:*I've learned that how you sharpen is as important as your choice of sharpener. Here are some sharpening tips to get more out of your M&R Brass sharpener:>>>TIP #4: STANDARD SHARPENING TECHNIQUE:Sometimes frequent breakage or dull points are the result of poor sharpening technique. Many sources state that when sharpening colored pencils by hand you should turn the sharpener *not* the pencil. Turning the pencil instead (as most of us are used to doing) can stress the wood and torque the lead, which leads to breakages.1. Hold the sharpener in your dominant hand (usually the right).2. Hold the pencil in your non-dominant hand (usually the left).3. Keeping the pencil still, turn the sharpener away from you (about a half-turn).4. Reposition your fingers and continue turning the sharpener.5. Repeat as needed until the desired point is reached.>>>TIP #5: ALTERNATE SHARPENING TECHNIQUE:If the above method doesn't work for you, I actually do this odd hybrid method of sharpening, where I turn both the sharpener and the pencil simultaneously. (I don't know why I started doing this; it just happened.) I get nice sharp points with this method:1. Hold the sharpener in your non-dominant hand (usually the left).2. Place the sharpener so the blade side is facing the floor or away from you, with your palm facing upward.2. Then rotate the sharpener towards you with one hand (about a half-turn) while simultaneously turning the pencil away from you with the other, in one smooth movement. It's kind of similar to the movement you make when wringing out a wash cloth.3. Reposition your fingers and repeat as needed until the desired point is reached.*If it feels more natural to turn the sharpener away from you, then switch hands and do the reverse movement. Though it goes against conventional wisdom, I hold the sharpener in my left (non-dominant) hand because I find that turning towards me is a more natural movement. (Again, don't know why, just do.)>>>TIP #7: PRESERVING YOUR POINTS:Here's how to sharpen less often, preserving the length of your pencils.1) After sharpening do the smallest areas, corners and edges first, while the tip is still pointed. When the tip begins to blunt move to the larger areas, where a blunted tip is more effective at covering large areas anyway. This prevents you from having to resharpen more often.2) To extend the longevity of the points and the pencils, get an artist's sanding block. This is essentially a stack of fine sanding paper attached to a plank. A cheap one ($1-$2) will do the job and will last a long time, you don't need something expensive. When the tip starts to blunt, *gently* slide it along the sanding paper to resharpen or bevel. This re-points the tip without losing any wood. I find this lasts 1-2 rounds between full sharpenings.*CONCLUSION:*I give this Mobius & Ruppert Brass Round Double Hole hand sharpener *5-STARS* and heartily recommend it to anyone! Especiallly if you've been having difficulties when sharpening colored pencils with other brands.*HEY! If you liked this review, please click Helpful below so other shoppers can find it more easily. Thanks!* Read Less
This sharpener is working fine. I just wish it was a little larger around for arthritic hands.
This sharpener is working fine. I just wish it was a little larger around for arthritic hands. Read Less
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The sides are textured for better grip when turning it (sharpen colored pencils by turning the sharpener, not the pencil - see instructions at the bottom).
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I avoid this issue by simply re-using an old mint tin for this purpose.
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Use artist pencils, even cheap $1 ones, *not* no.