Dahle Professional Sharpener 155
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8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Good sharpener for Artist Jan 14, 2011
By Kevin J. Hurtack
I used this to sharpen my larger then normal sketch pencils and other art pencils. I'm very pleased by the performance of this sharpener. In regards to the construction and durability of the product I have no problems with it. Yes, it is made out plastic - what isn't these days? The fact that it is made in China is irrelevant. Look around your house and the majority of your items will be made over seas. The crank arm on mine seems perfectly fine, and I've used it plenty. I have mine mounted to my drawing table which is convenient.
Another nice feature is being able to remove the blades and clean them. If you use this sharpener for colored pencils, you will appreciate being able to clean the blades very easily. This sharpner will not 'eat' your pencils like cheaper brands. This extends the life of your pencils, by not over sharpening them.
Being able to adjust the sharpness of the point is great. It makes the sharpener versitle enough to be used with colored pencils and graphite.
The one con is that it comes with no instructions. You'll have to play around with the red piece that controls the length/sharpness of the point, but it's not rocket science. Use some cheap pencils and experiment until you get a handle on it.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Good, but not great Apr 16, 2011
I purchased this sharpener as it came recommended as being very reliable and capable of generating a sharp point with ease. If there's something this sharpener can do, its to build up a point! With the little red dial on the base of the handle to the rear (red dial not shown in the stock photo), you can control the sharpness of the tip.
Now to the bad. That little red dial need not be so little! It could've been made a bit larger so that its easier to get to. I wouldn't say my fingers are large, but they're not small either, and while I can certainly turn that red knob, its unnecessarily difficult. It just needs to be made around 30-50% larger, and I would be able to get at it with ease. Another problem is that I need to hold the faceplate (the black part in the picture) with one hand while turning the crank with the other. If I don't do this, then the teeth that hold the pencil aren't strong enough to keep it in place, and the pencil never gets that sharp point you were looking for. Even when doing this, I often have to remove the pencil from the sharpener and re-insert it, ensuring that I'm applying a bit of pressure to push the pencil into the sharpener. If I don't do this it doesn't consistently get a sharp point. Even worse, occasionally, the rotating action of the crank in the back loosens the plastic lock that keeps the sharpening blades (which are attached to the crank) attached to the body. So while you're turning the crank, sooner or later, the sharpening blades and the crank handle just come off the body leaving you with a few shavings on your work/lap and an annoyed demeanour!
3 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Great Sharpening, Shoddy Materials Dec 05, 2010
I am using this sharpener to sharpen Wolff's carbon pencils. It does a superb job of making a very nice elongated point, and you can adjust the sharpening mechanism so that you can make a more blunt point if you want to.
I have a big problem with the cheap plastic materials that this sharpener is made with. The crank mechanism feels extremely flimsy, and it doesn't stay in place very well, it's easy to knock it loose so that the whole sharpening blade falls out of position. When I turn the crank it feels like it's straining a little. I would think that for the price, they could have at least made the crank of a slightly sturdier material, I doubt this thing will last me a year.
That being said, I would probably buy another one because this is the first sharpener I've found that will sharpen the softer carbon/charcoal type pencils without breaking them.
Also, I was under the impression that Dahle was a German company (it's actually US), but the pieces are manufactured in China.
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Best pencil sharpener ever Sep 09, 2010
By christine Gold
This is the best pencil sharpener and it lasts. I have an old one that is at least 30 years old and it is still going strong. It is made in Germany and they definitely know how to make things last. I am buying a new one for my kids! You wont waste your money.
works well Mar 17, 2013
I wanted a pencil sharpener that wasn't electric and sharpens reliably. This one works well. There were some complaints in other people's reviews aout the feed mechanism. I had/have no problem with it.
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