|Review by Tedstor||posted 04-04-2011 05:48 AM||4559 views||2 times favorited||37 comments|
I went to elementary school in the 1980s. Back then, every classroom had a brown Bostich mechanical pencil sharpener. Most of those sharpeners looked like they had been in service for decades, despite getting daily abuse from legions of careless kids. I have no idea what they were made of, but they were tough, well-bulit products that seemed to last and last.
Fast forward 20 years. Now I have kids in elementary school and all homework gets done in pencil. Up until recently, the only sharpeners we had in the house were those plastic .99 capsule thingys, that have one hole which you twist the pencil around in. They’re great for the first two pencils you sharpen with them; then they magically get dull as a spoon and become useless.
So after months of sporadic frustration, I started shopping for a pencil sharpener…......like the one I used to have in school. That model is actually still in production. Its one of the more expensive models, is now made in China, and the overwhelming majority of people that reviewed it say its complete garbage. Pity. I had high hopes. However, I did find a winner. The X-Acto 1031:
-All steel construction
-X-ACTO hardened steel cutters
-Wall or desk mount (screws included)
-8 hole adjustable guide
-10 year warranty
-Heavy Duty sharpener
-Desk Mount (Screws Included)
Whats not to like? I mounted mine upside down under a shelf in my garage. Works beautifully. Seems like a quality product. And the icing on the cake????........$12.69 from Amazon. It was actually one of the cheaper models, but also seems to be among the best. Great buy for someone that wants a quality sharpener and doesn’t want to leave an electric sharpener plugged in 24/7.