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on: July 23, 2012, 09:01:14 PM
I used to use one of these when I had drafting back in High School.
They were great.
Have you used any of these Nolan? What do you think about them?
I keep breaking my soft lead pencils so much when I try to sharpen them with a regular pencil sharpener because they're so soft.
I'm picking up my wife and son in 2 weeks..yes two weeks :whistle:
and their is a place in Orlando that carries these. They are easy on the pencil and almost guarentted not to break them from my own experience with one.
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Reply #1 on: July 24, 2012, 03:48:41 AM
I have never seen one of these Pat. I have one made by iPoint that seems to work quite well. A lot less broken leds.
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Reply #2 on: July 24, 2012, 12:21:53 PM
The inside of these is like a cylindrical wall of rough sandpaper. When you rotate the pencil in it, the sand paper grinds the pencil to a very sharp point. Their is no "grinding" or ripping of the wood at all. So, it never breaks the lead. I break my 5B and 6B pencils so much and i end up grinding it down to nothing before i know it. So, I'll stop at that store in a couple weeks in Orlando. I remember using these in High School, and they worked great.
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Reply #3 on: July 24, 2012, 01:00:17 PM
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Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 03:36:18 PM
The rotary pencil sharpeners were in every classroom from first grade through high school in our area...and maybe even college.. I think we had one in our dorm room.  They do work very well.  About the only way you ever break the lead is if you apply pressure on the pencil when you hold it.  I can still sharpen one with a kitchen knife...probably the wrong way by today's standards.  I learned to whittle as a child..bringing the knife toward my thumb rather than away from it.  Being in the floral business, I was always amazed as to the number of empoyees I had who never learned to use a knife. (Different generation)  I thought it was just part of growing up.  In those days, I used a pocket knife though.. My dad taught me.
I would like to have a rotary sharpener, though.  I think you can still get them here in the states... have to check into that.  Thanks for reminding me of that, Pat.  Do you think I can find one in Palm Coast??
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Reply #5 on: July 24, 2012, 04:33:20 PM
Polli, i don't know about Palm Coast if their's a place. I looked online and found a place in Orlando (Winter Park) It's called Art Systems of Orlando.
Going that way in a couple weeks, so I'll stop by and pick one up. It's plastic, but should do the job. I bought a couple 8B pencils today...it's already half gone! The lead keeps breaking every time I sharpen it.
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Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012, 05:38:40 AM
I vaguely remember using one of these way back when!  But, now that you've remended me about them, I'm going to try to find one.  I hate it when I waste moste of my pencil just trying to sharpen it!  Thanks for the reminder!

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Reply #7 on: August 10, 2012, 09:39:27 PM
Sunrai...yes, that's exactly why I'm going to try to find one. I pick up my wife in Orlando tomorrow morning from California. Unfortunately, that store that carries them is closed that early. Might try to convince everyone in the car to let me go out of the way to find it.....Hobby Lobby just MIGHTTTT have one of them in the drafting dept. I hope they do, but kind of doubt it. I wasted half my pencils because each time i sharpened them (the soft leads), the lead was broke inside the wood and it just fell out every time.
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Reply #8 on: August 11, 2012, 12:13:30 AM
I went to look online.  I found the company site, but couldn't find out any price, or where to buy them.  If you find a source, I'd love to know about it!

I found some reviews on a few other brands.  Here's one that sounds interesting -

http://www.jetpens.com/Stad-T-Gaal-Pencil-Sharpener-Orange/pd/7675

The KUM also was rated highly.

Have you heard of either of these?  I really do want to find one that doesn't eat up my pencils!!

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Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012, 03:45:14 AM
 :thankyou:  for posting this link, SunRai.  It looks like you can buy on line there.

I've bookmarked this page for future reference. 

There's lots of interesting stuff there and nothing in my area sells such things.
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Reply #10 on: August 11, 2012, 03:51:45 AM
Well, it's a good thing I double checked on that rotary at that art store. I think it's for mechanical pencil leads only. I'm feeling kind of in a hurry now...think i might just buy a decent priced electric (though I have a battery very old electric...it's not that good).
If I buy another one, i can always return it if I'm not satisfied with it. They can be VERY expensive..i saw one or two like around $ 200!  Not buying anything near that!  Will buy it at Wal Mart...they take anything back no matter what...even watermelon that isn't ripe ;D   Let you know how it works.
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Reply #11 on: August 11, 2012, 03:58:14 AM
I replied but it didn't show up!  Maybe it will later! 

I went back to the TruPoint website and emailed them.  I asked if they could be used for regular pencils as well, because I saw that it was lead pointer.  I ask about the variable point one.  I also asked how much shipping would be to Washington State.  I'll let you know if I hear anything.

Today when I stopped by Daniel Smith for a couple of things, they were highlighting the KUM sharpener so I bought one since I had read good reviews about that one.  I haven't tried it out yet, though!  I'll give a report when I do.

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Reply #12 on: August 12, 2012, 09:36:31 PM
Thanks Rai. Yes, I also saw somewhere about the KUM sharpeners being good. But I saw they were very basic sharpeners also...
I almost bought a nice electric one today. I went there, but they had none (saw they did online)..so probably have to pay a few extra bucks and buy it at Wal Mart..if they have them in stock. It is the X-Acto Powerhouse electric. About 27 dollars or so. I heard some terrible reviews, then I heard some excellant ones too on it. I tend to never take time out to sharpen anything while i am drawing. Same with painting..bad habits.
Hopefully, a nice quick sharpen will solve some of that and help produce sharper edges where needed in the drawings.   Seems to be a sharper point makes one have a sharper mind while drawing...same with a tidy work space...(more organized thinking). Funny how those things do that.
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Reply #13 on: August 13, 2012, 02:32:38 PM
Not sure if I mentioned this, I bought a battery powered sharpener called an " iPoint" which so far has performed extremely well. They apparently have a full range of sharpeners for various applications. I think I must have lucked out with this model as it seems to work beautifully. It cost about US$19.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 01:22:43 PM
Val, i'll go check it out now..thanks.
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