A couple weeks ago I received a Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener for the purpose of review on my blog. I have heard great things about Classroom Friendly Supplies and wanted to see how their sharpener measured up against what I had been using.
This hand-crank, auto-pull sharpener is very similar to the Mitsubishi KH-20 (and is always atop the desk in my study). If you are unfamiliar with this kind of sharpener watch the video below to see how it works.
The first difference between the two I noticed was the weight and material. The Classroom Friendly sharpener is made of metal and is heavier than the Mitsubishi. Like the Mitsubishi it easily puts a fine and long point on pencils and stops shaving the pencil on its own once the point is made. Both had a slide out container the hold the pencil shavings, but only the Classroom Friendly comes with a clamp that allows the sharpener to be securely attached to a table or desk.
The Classroom Friendly is a high-quality sharpener that I believe will last a long time.
The only potential criticism I have of the sharpener is a minor one. The grip on the face that holds the pencil in place is metal, and leaves small indentations on the shaft of a pencil after sharpening. This shouldn’t matter to anyone, really. But pencil nerds can be picky. For comparison, the Mitsubishi has rubber grips that do not mark up the pencil.
The Classroom Friendly Sharpener is great looking and high quality. It is now in frequent and regular use in our home as Jen homeschools the kiddos. You can get it online at classroomfriendlysupplies.com for $24.99.