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Whittles down pencils without sharpening
Reviewed in the United States on April 1, 2020
I initially rated this one-star, but decided to bump it up one star since it isn't completely useless. Just mostly useless. At first, it seemed the sharpener shaves the pencil down, but does not shave to the inside color / lead or sharpen the tip. It just keeps whittling down the pencil. We tried this on both childrens' coloring pencils and regular no. 2 pencils. Same result for both. Upon further experimentation, we discovered the sharpener was sharpening the point, but would then break it off (and would get stuck in the sharpener blades). If you are very careful and time it just right, you can get a very short, blunt tip. If you insert the pencil only very briefly, no tip at all; if you insert the pencil too long, the tip will be broken off. We bought this while we are self-isolating during the covid-19 crisis, so we won't be returning, of course. Guess we'll be going back to crayons and water paints.