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Pencil Sharpeners

The first pencil sharpener was created in 1828, and after being perfected and made commercially available in 1940, these devices quickly became a staple in offices, homes and schools. With so many different styles to choose from, getting the right sharpener is easy. Staples has a selection of office supplies and pencil sharpeners from well-known brands to give you the pencil point you want.

What to Look for in a Pencil Sharpener
All pencil sharpeners work differently and sharpen different sized pencils. The size of the pencil diameter determines the type of sharpener needed. Most sharpeners accommodate an 8 millimeter pencil, the standard pencil diameter. Larger pencil sharpeners work for pencils up to 10.5 millimeters in diameter. Sharpeners also handle different shapes of pencils, including triangular, hexagonal or circular. The sharpening angle can vary, as can the gentleness of the blade. The sharpening cleanliness may also vary, depending on the blade and size of the sharpener.

Choosing a Pencil Sharpener
When you select a pencil sharpener, keep in mind the sharpening angle you want. A larger angle cuts more of the wood away, giving the pencil a longer lead tip. A shorter angle produces a smaller, more durable tip. The lead point also varies, so look for a sharpener that creates either a sharp or blunt tip, depending on your preference. If you have large pencils, like children's over-sized pencils, then choose a sharpener with at least two diameter options. Some sharpeners have 10 or more options with a panel you can rotate to get the closest fit. The correct diameter helps hold the pencil in place while it's being sharpened. Cleanliness may matter to you, and if so, choose a sharpener that doesn't leave graphite marks behind on the wood. Some lower-quality sharpeners also leave behind residue that gets stuck on the blade.

What Kinds of Pencil Sharpeners Are There?
Common, basic sharpeners have one 8 millimeter opening and a single blade. These usually have razor blades inside, which are guarded with plastic or metal casings. The hole is conical, producing the pointed lead tip. Planetary sharpeners mount to a desk or wall and have a crank that turns a rotating blade or grinder. Some models of pencil sharpeners allow the pencil to twist back and forth instead of rotating it 360 degrees to achieve the right sharpness. The blade inside actually moves with you as you sharpen the pencil to prevent wrist fatigue. Long-point sharpeners produce long, super-sharp points. Whichever kind you are looking for, pencil sharpeners are a great addition to any school supplies list. 

Which Is Better: Electric or Manual Pencil Sharpeners?
Electric pencil sharpeners sharpen colored pencils when they are pressed inside the sharpener's hole. It recognizes the presence of the pencil and switches on, quickly rotating its blades to sharpen the pencil. Electric sharpeners make it easy for children to get good points on their pencils or crayons. If many pencils have to be sharpened, an electric sharpener does most of the work for you. Manual pencil sharpeners don't have power, so you twist the pencil to get the blade to cut the lead. This allows for better precision, and you can angle the pencil to sharpen just the tip or continue sharpening it until the entire top has the shape you desire. Pencil sharpeners do not work with mechanical pencils
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Staples® Light Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener (34462)
Item : 380806
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  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Gray/black color
  • "Dimensions: 5.98""L x 3.54""W x 3.82""H"
$17.99
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X-Acto 1675 Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item : 758039
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  • Pencil sharpener for continuous school use
  • Electric operation
  • X-ACTO hardened steel cutters
$44.99
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Staples® Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener
Item : 788407
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  • Portable design
  • Transparent bin
  • Built-in safety switch
$9.99
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Staples® Manual Dual-Hole Pencil Sharpener, Assorted Colors (10898)
Item : 935650
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  • Manual pencil sharpener
  • Recommended for personal use
  • Handheld, compact design
$2.49
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Staedtler® Double-hole Tub Pencil Sharpener, Black, Each
Item : 441772
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  • Premium-quality metal sharpeners
  • 2-hole oval with shavings cup
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener per pack
$5.99
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Staedtler® Double-hole Tub Pencil Sharpener
Item : 652427
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  • Clear plastic lid protects the sharpening mechanism and prevents shavings from spilling out
  • Premium-quality metal sharpeners
  • 2-hole oval with shavings cup
$5.79
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Stanley Bostitch Compact Desktop Pencil Sharpener, Electric, Blue (BOSEPS4BLUE)
Item : 854046
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  • Electric pencil sharpener for smooth, efficient use in offices and classrooms
  • Blue plastic design provides a modern look
  • Designed for efficiency under normal conditions
$14.89
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STAPLES® HEAVY DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (21834)
Item : 356332
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  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for large office or classroom use (up to 20 uses per day)
  • Staples' most powerful sharpener
$44.99
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Westcott iPoint Ball Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener
Item : 185011
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  • Moderate use
  • Battery operated
  • Sharpens standard-size pencils
$17.99
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Bostitch® Twist-N-Sharp™ Pencil Sharpener, Manual, Assorted (PS1-ADJ)
Item : 1641097
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  • Handheld, manual pencil sharpener
  • Recommended for personal and student use
  • Ratchet mechanism offers fast, easy sharpening
$2.99
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Boston® KS Multi-Size Manual Pencil Sharpener
Item : SS976928
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  • Pencil saver prevents over sharpening
  • Positive-lock guide sharpens 8 different pencil diameters
  • Solid steel X-ACTO cutters
As low as $13.99
Multiple options available
STAPLES® MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (21835)
Item : 356331
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  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for personal or small office use (up to 10 uses per day)
  • Powerful motor for enhanced performance
$26.99
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X-ACTO School Pro 1670 Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item : 436632
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  • For continuous school use
  • Color blue
  • Multiple-size dial sharpens wood, composite, and recycled pencils (regular or children's thick size)
$44.99
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Stanley Bostitch Compact Desktop Electric Sharpener, Black
Item : 901538
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  • Powerful motor for stall-free operation under normal use
  • Space-saver compact design
  • High capacity easy clean shavings tray
$22.49
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Stanley Bostitch Quiet Sharp 6 Desktop Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue
Item : 616851
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  • XHC cutter technology for 70% faster sharpening and longer life
  • QuietSharp super duty motor for quiet stall-free operation under normal use
  • MagnaSafe tamper proof safety switch shuts down motor when shavings tray is removed
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Bostitch® Vertical Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black
Item : 1624685
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  • Sleek modern design
  • SharpStop™ mechanism shuts motor off to avoid over-sharpening
  • Thermal overload protection increases motor life
$19.99
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X-ACTO Helix 1900 Electric Pencil Sharpener Silver
Item : 330250
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  • Desktop pencil sharpener
  • Electric operation
  • Exclusive Pencil-Saver® prevents over-sharpening
$29.99
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STAPLES® SLIM BATTERY-POWERED PENCIL SHARPENER (17813)
Item : 796619
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  • Recommended for personal or home office use
  • Helical steel blade with built-in safety switch
  • Sleek design pencil sharpener
$14.99
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STAPLES® BOTTOM-EMPTY ELECTRICAL PENCIL SHARPENER (17445)
Item : 790029
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  • Silver/black color
  • "Dimensions: 3.77""L x 3.47""W x 8.21""H"
  • Push-button design empties in an instant
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Royal® P10 Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item : 208489
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  • Auto start
  • Helical steel cutting blade
  • Non skid rubber feet
$24.99
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STAPLES® MANUAL SINGLE-HOLE PENCIL SHARPENER, ASSORTED (10896)
Item : 211672
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  • Hand held sharpener
  • Manual operation
  • One hole pencil use
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Stanley Bostitch® Antimicrobial Manual Pencil Sharpener
Item : 616855
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  • Antimicrobial protected
  • HHC2â„¢ dual cutter technology for longer life
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener per pack
$19.71
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X-ACTO ProX® 1612 Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item : 264898
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  • Heavy duty
  • Electric
  • Recommended for commercial use
$64.99
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Cynthia Rowley Pencil Sharpener, Gilded Gold Floral
Item : 1680003
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  • Removable cover
  • Staples exclusive
  • Dual size holes for standard and jumbo pencils
$1.99
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