Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Foray Battery Operated Sharpener Review

As you shop for "Back to School Supplies" might be a good idea to take a gander at the Clearance bins that you might come across. Found this Foray Battery Operated Sharpener for 56 cents in the marked down rack at the entrance of a local Office Depot store.Did this little video review for it.
The white sharpener could be used for regular graphite pencils, and the gray sharpener could be used for colored pencils to keep the individual colors from getting soiled with graphite dust. The dial on top allow for clockwise adjustments of the barrel opening to accommodate different diameter pencils: 8, 9, 10, and 11 mm. The unit is powered by 4 AA batteries, and it is a tad loud. Since pencils are held vertically for sharpening, it reduces the chance of breakage due to side stresses.
By adjusting the red knobs on the bottom of the unit, you can control the sharpness of the resulting pencil points from blunt to sharp. The longer taper on the pencils on the left is meant for regular writing pencils while the shorter taper pencil style would be suitable for colored pencils.
I suppose it is nice to have the option of sharpening pencil tips in different styles, though I tend to prefer working with sharp ones. Still this Foray Sharpener was a pretty good pencil accessory buy for under a buck.

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