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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® Power Extreme Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy-Duty, Black (21834)
Staples® Power Extreme Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy-Duty, Black (21834)
Item: 356332 / Model : 21834
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  • Heavy-duty desktop pencil sharpener
  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for large office or classroom use (up to 20 uses per day)
37.99 $37.99
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STAPLES® MEDIUM DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (21835)
Item: 356331 / Model : 21835
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  • Medium-duty desktop pencil sharpener
  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for personal or small office use (up to 10 uses per day)
29.99 $29.99
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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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Staples® Battery Powered Pencil Sharpener
Item: 788407 / Model : 27661
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  • Portable design
  • Transparent bin
  • Built-in safety switch
10.49 $10.49
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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
  • Recommended for personal use
  • Handheld, compact design
2.49 $2.49
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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
1.49 $1.49
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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
4.31 $4.31
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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
2.99 $2.99
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X-ACTO KS Multi-Size Manual Pencil Sharpener
Item: 116475 / Model : 1031
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  • Pencil sharpener mount type: Wall
  • Pencil sharpener selector dial: 8 holes
  • Pencil sharpener power type: Manual sharpener
14.79 $14.79
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Staples® ClassMate 6-Hole Electric Pencil Sharpener, Blue (21833)
Item: 356294 / Model : 21833
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  • Heavy-duty sharpener
  • Electric operation
  • Recommended for large office or classroom use
39.99 $39.99
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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
24.59 $24.59
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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
18.49 $18.49
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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)
46.99 $46.99
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X-ACTO XLR 1800 Electric Pencil Sharpener Metallic Putty
Item: 116392 / Model : 1800
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  • Pencil sharpener mount type: Desktop
  • Pencil sharpener selector dial: 1 holes
  • Pencil sharpener power type: Electric sharpener
24.99 $24.99
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Bostitch® Executive Electric Pencil Sharpener
Item: 582170 / Model : EPS8HDBLK
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  • Heavy-duty motor for efficient stall-free sharpening
  • HHC technology provides a faster sharpening and longer life
  • QuietSharp feature takes the noise out of sharpening
24.39 $24.39
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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
19.99 $19.99
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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
6.29 $6.29
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STAPLES® LIGHT DUTY ELECTRIC PENCIL SHARPENER (39668)
Item: 884259 / Model : 39668
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  • Electric pencil sharpener
  • Black color
  • Dimensions: 7.36"L x 3.78"W x 4.13"H
26.99 $26.99
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Westcott® iPoint Ball Battery Sharpener, Red/Black
Item: 185011 / Model : 15570
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  • Moderate use
  • Battery operated
  • Sharpens standard-size pencils
21.89 $21.89
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X-ACTO Vacuum-Mount KS Pencil Sharpener
Item: 522334 / Model : 1072
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  • Pencil sharpener mount type: Table
  • Pencil sharpener selector dial: 8 holes
  • Pencil sharpener power type: Manual sharpener
22.39 $22.39
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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
23.49 $23.49
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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
15.99 $15.99
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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
45.99 $45.99
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X-ACTO XLR 1818 Electric Pencil Sharpener Black (1818)
Item: 359265 / Model : 1818
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  • For moderate home office use
  • black
  • Pencil-Saver prevents over-sharpening
20.95 $20.95
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