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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® Light Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener (34462)
Staples® Light Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener (34462)
Item: 380806 / Model : 34462
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  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Gray/black color
  • "Dimensions: 5.98""L x 3.54""W x 3.82""H"
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Bostitch® Twist-N-Sharp™ Handheld Pencil Sharpener, Manual, Assorted
Item: 1641097 / Model : PS1-ADJ
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  • Handheld, manual pencil sharpener
  • Recommended for personal and student use
  • Ratchet mechanism offers fast, easy sharpening
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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
  • Recommended for personal use
  • Handheld, compact design
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Staples® Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener
Item: 788407 / Model : 27661
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  • Portable design
  • Transparent bin
  • Built-in safety switch
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Stanley Bostitch Compact Desktop Pencil Sharpener, Electric, Blue (BOSEPS4BLUE)
Item: 854046 / Model : BOSEPS4BLUE
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  • Personal use pencil sharpener
  • Electric operation
  • HHC™ cutter technology for 4x longer life*
15.29 $15.29
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Staedtler® Double-hole Tub Pencil Sharpener, Black, Each
Item: 441772 / Model : 512 001 BK
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  • Premium-quality metal sharpeners
  • 2-hole oval with shavings cup
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener per pack
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STAPLES® MANUAL SINGLE-HOLE PENCIL SHARPENER, ASSORTED (10896)
Item: 211672 / Model : 10896-CC
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  • Hand held sharpener
  • Manual operation
  • One hole pencil use
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STAPLES® MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (21835)
Item: 356331 / Model : 21835
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  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for personal or small office use (up to 10 uses per day)
  • Powerful motor for enhanced performance
29.99 $29.99
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Staples® Power Extreme Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy-Duty, Black (21834)
Item: 356332 / Model : 21834
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  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for large office or classroom use (up to 20 uses per day)
  • Staples' most powerful sharpener
47.49 $47.49
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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
3.59 $3.59
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X-ACTO School Pro 1670 Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item: 436632 / Model : 1670
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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 $44.99
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Cynthia Rowley Pencil Sharpener, Gilded Gold Floral
Item: 1680003 / Model : 44352
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  • Removable cover
  • Staples exclusive
  • Dual size holes for standard and jumbo pencils
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Bostitch® Vertical Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black
Item: 1624685 / Model : EPS5V-BLK
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  • Sleek modern design
  • SharpStop™ mechanism shuts motor off to avoid over-sharpening
  • Thermal overload protection increases motor life
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Stanley Bostitch® Compact Desktop Electric Sharpener, Black
Item: 901538 / Model : EPS4-BLACK
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  • Powerful motor for stall-free operation under normal use
  • Space-saver compact design
  • High capacity easy clean shavings tray
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Staples® Slimline Battery Operated Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black (17813)
Item: 796619 / Model : 17813
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  • Recommended for personal or home office use
  • Helical steel blade with built-in safety switch
  • Sleek design pencil sharpener
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Stanley Bostitch® Quiet Sharp 6™ Desktop Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue
Item: 616851 / Model : EPS10HC
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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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Stanley Bostitch® Antimicrobial Manual Pencil Sharpener
Item: 616855 / Model : MPS1BLK
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  • Antimicrobial protected
  • HHC2™ dual cutter technology for longer life
  • 1 Pencil Sharpener per pack
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Staedtler® Double-hole Tub Pencil Sharpener
Item: 652427 / Model : 512 001
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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
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X-ACTO® ProX™ Desktop Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item: 264898 / Model : 1612
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  • Heavy duty
  • Electric
  • Recommended for commercial use
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X-ACTO Helix 1900 Electric Pencil Sharpener Silver
Item: 330250 / Model : 1900
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  • Desktop pencil sharpener
  • Electric operation
  • Exclusive Pencil-Saver® prevents over-sharpening
33.49 $33.49
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X-Acto 1675 Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item: 758039 / Model : 1675
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  • Pencil sharpener for continuous school use
  • Electric operation
  • X-ACTO hardened steel cutters
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Westcott® 15217 Recycled Battery Pencil Sharpener, Black
Item: 891795 / Model : 15217
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  • Dimensions: 6"(H) x 3 1/2"(W) x 2 3/4"(D)
  • Auto stop feature automatically shuts off the power at the perfect point
  • Small desktop footprint
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X-ACTO® L Manual Pencil Sharpener, Silver
Item: 502040 / Model : 1041
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  • Table- or wall-mountable
  • Steel cutters, gears and receptacle
  • Pencil Saver® saves time and energy by preventing over-sharpening
17.49 $17.49
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X-ACTO Ranger® #55 Pencil Sharpener
Item: 384670 / Model : 1001
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  • Table-mount/Wall-mount pencil sharpener
  • Manual operation
  • Adjustable pencil guide for eight different diameters
34.49 $34.49
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