Elmer's CrayonPro Electric Crayon Sharpener, Orange
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49 of 49 found the following review helpful:
Make crayons look new again Apr 05, 2010
I really had to put some thought into buying this CrayonPro sharpener. After all, crayons aren't all that expensive. I could buy a manual sharpener for a lot less. In fact, I did buy a manual crayon sharpener once, but results were less than satisfactory.
It's such a waste to dispose of all those blunt tip crayons. I could melt them down into wonderful creations, but no one really uses those for coloring. I could send them off the be recycled, but I don't want that extra cost. Why not just sharpen them?
My first impression of this crayon sharpener? Wow. The tips look just like they just came out of the box. I don't have to peel the paper. The sharpener takes care of that. I did have a few break off in the shapener, in which case it was a pain to fix; but now that I have a tub full of sharpened crayons, I couldn't be happier.
Just want to warn you that emptying the waste container can be a messy endeavor. Be sure to do the whole process over a trash can. I had crayon shavings falling all over my desk.
My kids love their newly sharpened crayons. Now, they can draw within the lines and not get any points off for messiness from their teachers.
+ make those crayon tips look new again
+ quick and easy, no need to peel off paper
+ suction on bottom keeps sharpener from sliding around
+ cleaning brush and replacement blade included
- crayons sometimes break in the sharpener and it's a pain to fix
- emptying the shavings is a messy proceedure
UPDATE: I have found that the sharpener overheats when I sharpen lots of crayons. It's temporary but inconvenient.
Also, I've learned a steady hand is key to keeping breakage to a minimum. When they crayons do break, I just insert the other half in and continue sharpening. It takes a little more pressure, but there's no need to stop and dislodge the broken piece from the sharpener.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
Tricky to use Nov 22, 2009
By Theresa Peplinski
I run a home daycare and thought this would be great to keep our crayons sharp. It has nice suction cups. A practiced hand is required to get the crayon sharpened without it breaking. No need to peel but move it in carefully and with a firm grip. Keep the cleaning tool handy because you will need it. Opening the collection bin to empty it or remove a crayon fragment is very messy. Small children would never be able to manage this by themselves. Mine also overheats and stops working temporarily about every 30 crayons that you sharpen in a row.
16 of 16 found the following review helpful:
elmers electric crayon sharpener Sep 07, 2008
By jardin 1
I have used this in my kindergarten class. jams about 1 in 50 crayons. Works fast the rest of the time. Was hard to understand how to put in the cutting blade. Once I learned, it was pretty easy to clean. Not for young kids to use. Has good table suction cup grips. Leaves the crayon tips looking like new. looking
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Not for heavy duty use Jul 23, 2011
By A Customer
We have purchased 8 of these units and find they work beautiful for small amounts of crayon sharpening, but if you have a bag or bucketful they burn out quickly.
The good thing is they come with a 2 year warranty so if you save your invoice and send bad units back to manufacturer they, will replace them as often as they burn out.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
I wish they'd had this when I was a kid Feb 23, 2010
By Music and Literature Garden
I admit it: I'm in my mid-30s and my favorite toys are still my crayons and coloring books. Coloring is a pleasure I never outgrew. Over the years I'm sure I've been through a few dozen boxes of crayons. When I discovered the CrayonPro Electric Sharpener, I was thrilled. I can't believe the perfect "new crayon" look it restores to even my nubbiest cerulean and jungle green Crayolas. After sharpening, the point and sides of the crayon really do look and behave exactly like a brand new out-of-the-box crayon.
There is a bit of a learning curve; I think any kid old enough to use an electric pencil sharpener could master this with some instruction the first few times about holding the crayon still and putting the crayon in straight. Emptying and clearing jams should be left to the big kids and grown-ups, though, unless you relish tiny wax shavings ground into your floor for the rest of eternity. It really does make a huge mess when you empty it -- do it over a large trash receptacle if possible. (I'm thinking of getting a large candle mold for my shavings because I think it would make quite a psychedelic candle when it's full.)
Another reviewer mentioned the jams that occur in about 1 in 50 crayons; that has been my experience too. Once you know how to clear them, it only takes five seconds and you're back in business. Putting the cartridge back in correctly, while not actually difficult once I figured it out, took me quite a few tries before I did it right. You have to push the cartridge toward the front of the machine before you push the red button. Take that as your mantra and you'll be fine. The little tool that comes with the sharpener has a pointy end for clearing jams (useful) and a tiny brush for cleaning the cartridge. I've been using an old toothbrush instead, because the little brush just takes too long for me.
All in all, I think this is an excellent product that no art-loving family should be without. Elementary schools should make these standard in classrooms, too.
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