Our oldest daughter starts first grade later this week and, because of that, my wife and I started putting her school supplies together (we purchased them earlier this summer but never took the time to organize them).
One of the things she needed to bring with her was 24 sharpened pencils (schools apparently no longer have pencil sharpeners) so my wife dug out our electric pencil sharpener. However, after about three pencils, the sharpener ended up dying on us (I have had it since college so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised by that) and, because neither of us wanted to sharpen all those pencils by hand, I found myself running to the store and buying one from the brand X-Acto.
This is actually the first time I have heard of this particular brand of pencil sharpener (mostly because I don’t buy electric pencil sharpeners all that often) and, the $17 price tag was a bit of a turnoff for me. However, it was the only brand available from the store I was at (Shopko) and, because it was getting a bit late, I didn’t really feel like driving across town to Walmart in an effort to find something cheaper.
Overall, the X-Acto electric pencil sharpener isn’t terrible. But, when compared to the pencil sharpener I replaced with it, I do feel like there was some drop off in quality (and it wasn’t because I was sentimentally attached to the old one either).
For one, the X-Acto sharpener seemed to take much longer to sharpen pencils than our old one did. Keep in mind; I had the other one for close to 15 years so, in theory, the new one should be faster simply because the blades should be sharper. But, that wasn’t the case.
This new sharpener also doesn’t seem to have a lot of space available for pencil shavings. In the 15 years I had my other sharpener; I think I might have emptied it 20 times, if that. And, that’s with me using it throughout college and then using it at home for several years and finally using it for our daughter when she started school last year. We got through about a dozen pencils with the new sharpener and it was full. At the rate we have to sharpen pencils during the school year, I’m guessing we will have to empty it at least a dozen times before the first semester is even over.
Since we did already start using this particular brand of pencil sharpener, I don’t intend on returning it. But, after trying it, I do regret not looking for a different brand.