I've been a fan of the Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener for a few years now and have purchased 9 or more with my own moolah. I am officially the teacher who purchases the packs of 3 and then fellow teachers come and ask me if I'll give them one for a $20 bill. Every single one of my teammates who has used the sharpener has loved them as well and I will absolutely buy one every year for my classroom! So far I've had a green one, two pink ones, three red ones, and now PURPLE.
My favorite thing about it:
My classroom pencils are sharp, I don't have to listen to the horrid noises emitted from the electric sharpener variety, and the kids love using it.
There are lots of great things about this little guy! It sharpens new pencils quickly and makes them super sharp. The pencils are so sharp in fact, that my (male) teammate decided to throw a newly sharpened pencil onto the cork-like ceiling tiles to see if it would stick. It did.
The sharpener is definitely quiet, not like those annoying electric ones. It is fairly easy to use, although a few of my students did say it took a few tries to master using the sharpener. They also liked that once the pencil is locked in, you don't have to hold it anymore and are free to hold the sharpener while you turn the crank with the other. I love that the sharpener comes in many colors and hasn't yet broken. It has far surpassed any other sharpener I've had in the survival department. I haven't had much luck with the fastener attachment, but it's no biggie. Since the pencil locks into the sharpener, even my second graders can stabilize the sharpener while they use it. 9+ sharpeners in and I haven't had one fly off my counter top yet. :)
Overall, if pencil sharpening has been an issue you've yet to solve, I would recommend The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener to teachers old and new. It's gets the job done quickly and quietly and is relatively inexpensive compared to some of the electric sharpeners I've seen ($80 to $100 - yikes!) I also love that these are sold by a teacher! Overall, the Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener has been a great addition to our classroom.