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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® MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (21835)
STAPLES® MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (21835)
Item: 356331 / Model : 21835
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  • Electric pencil sharpener recommended for personal or small office use (up to 10 uses per day)
  • Heavy-duty sharpener is the ultimate in versatility
  • Comes in gray/silver
29.99 $29.99
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X-ACTO School Pro Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue (1670)
Item: 436632 / Model : 1670
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Heavy-duty versatile sharpener
  • Comes in blue
48.39 $48.39
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X-ACTO XLR Electric Pencil Sharpener, Putty (1800)
Item: 116392 / Model : 1800
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Comes in putty
  • Desktop pencil sharpener for your convenience
25.89 $25.89
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STAPLES® MANUAL SINGLE-HOLE PENCIL SHARPENER, ASSORTED (10896)
Item: 211672 / Model : 10896-CC
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  • Manual pencil sharpener is quick and convenient for use anywhere
  • This item comes in assorted colors, selected at random
  • Handheld pencil sharpener
1.49 $1.49
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Bostitch Twist-n-Sharp Manual Pencil Sharpener, Assorted Colors (PS1-ADJ)
Item: 1641097 / Model : PS1-ADJ
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  • Manual pencil sharpener is quick and convenient for use anywhere
  • Comes in an assortment of trendy translucent colors: pink, blue, orange colors are selected at random
  • Handheld pencil sharpener
3.09 $3.09
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X-ACTO XLR Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (1818)
Item: 359265 / Model : 1818
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Comes in black
  • Desktop pencil sharpener for your convenience
26.93 $26.93
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Staples® Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener
Item: 788407 / Model : 27661
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  • Battery-powered pencil sharpener is ideal for high quality clean line sharpening
  • This item comes in assorted colors: black, coral, blue, and purple that selected at random
  • Desktop pencil sharpener has portable design
10.49 $10.49
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Staples® Power Extreme Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy-Duty, Black (21834)
Item: 356332 / Model : 21834
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  • Electric pencil sharpener recommended for large office or classroom use (up to 20 uses per day)
  • A heavy-duty sharpener is the ultimate in versatility
  • Comes in black color
47.49 $47.49
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Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue (EPS4-BLUE)
Item: 854046 / Model : BOSEPS4BLUE
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Comes in blue
  • Desktop pencil sharpening for your convenience
15.29 $15.29
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STAEDTLER Manual Pencil Sharpener, Blue/Silver (512 001 BK)
Item: 441772 / Model : 512 001 BK
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  • Manual pencil sharpener is quick and convenient for use anywhere
  • Sharpener in blue/silver is made of metal and is ideal for pencils
  • Two holes dial accommodates various pencil widths
6.59 $6.59
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Staples® Light Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener (34462)
Item: 380806 / Model : 34462
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  • Electric pencil sharpener recommended for personal or small office use (up to five uses per day)
  • Light-duty sharpener intended for light use
  • Comes in gray and black
18.49 $18.49
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X-ACTO KS Manual Pencil Sharpener, Black/Silver (1031)
Item: 116475 / Model : 1031
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  • Manual pencil sharpener is quick and convenient for anywhere use
  • Made of durable metal in a combination of black and silver
  • Wall-mountable pencil sharpener
15.39 $15.39
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Staples® ClassMate 6-Hole Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue (21833)
Item: 356294 / Model : 21833
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  • Electric pencil sharpener recommended for large office or classroom use
  • A heavy-duty sharpener is the ultimate in versatility
  • Comes in blue
41.19 $41.19
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Bostitch QuietSharp Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS8HD-BLK)
Item: 582170 / Model : EPS8HDBLK
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Heavy-duty versatile sharpener
  • Comes in black
30.49 $30.49
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STAPLES® LIGHT DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (39668)
Item: 884259 / Model : 39668
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  • Electric pencil sharpener recommended for personal or small office use (up to five uses per day)
  • Light-duty sharpener intended for light use
  • Comes in black color
26.99 $26.99
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Staples® Fully Automatic Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (51498)
Item: 2722147 / Model : 51498
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  • Electric, Moderate use
  • Black
  • Medium
20.79 $20.79
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X-ACTO KS Vacuum Mount Manual Pencil Sharpener, Metal (1072)
Item: 522334 / Model : 1072
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  • Manual pencil sharpener is quick and convenient for anywhere use
  • Heavy-duty versatile sharpener
  • Made of steel to help you achieve a sharp pencil tip
27.99 $27.99
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Officemate® Metal Handheld Pencil And Crayon Sharpener, Metallic Silver
Item: 44645 / Model : OIC30218
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  • Precision economical sharpening
  • Aluminum housing
  • Honed blade
4.31 $4.31
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X-Acto Power3 Electric Sharpener (74087)
Item: 1722247 / Model : 74087
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  • Electric pencil sharpener with a solid steel cutter
  • Heavy-duty motor supports frequent, long term use
  • Automatic pencil stop prevents over-sharpening and motor burnout
91.49 $91.49
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Staples® Slimline Battery Operated Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black (17813)
Item: 796619 / Model : 17813
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  • Battery-powered pencil sharpener recommended for personal or home office use
  • A pencil sharpener is ideal for light-duty pencil sharpening
  • Comes in silver/black
15.99 $15.99
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Bostitch Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS4-BLACK)
Item: 901538 / Model : EPS4-BLACK
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Black plastic sharpener with clear shavings tray
  • Desktop pencil sharpening for your convenience
23.49 $23.49
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Bostitch Vertical Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black (EPS5V-BLK)
Item: 1624685 / Model : EPS5V-BLK
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  • Electric pencil sharpener provides clean, precise sharpening
  • Comes in black
  • Desktop pencil sharpening for your convenience
25.49 $25.49
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Staples® Manual Dual-Hole Pencil Sharpener, Assorted Colors (10898)
Item: 935650 / Model : 10898-CC
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  • Manual pencil sharpener is quick and convenient for use anywhere
  • Pencil sharpener is ideal for light-duty pencil sharpening
  • This item available in assorted colors: blue, red, and green (may vary)
2.49 $2.49
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X-ACTO Heavy-Duty Desktop Electric Pencil And Crayon Sharpener, Walnut Grain
Item: 522276 / Model : 1716
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  • 4"(H) x 3 1/2"(W) x 8 1/2"(D)
  • Power type: Electric
  • Cord length: 5 ft
48.29 $48.29
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