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The Best Way to Sharpen Colored Pencils

“Hi Everyone, Jackie here, Talking about Pencil Sharpeners.

Most of the talk is about the pencils… the kind, color, brand, cost, availability.

But what is the best way to sharpen those pencils? Let’s take a look.”

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The problem many people find with wax-based colored pencils (like Prismacolor) is that the point breaks or even crumbles when they try to sharpen them. This causes repeated extra sharpening, which of course, waste your valuable pencils.

Photo of Example of soft, wax based colored pencils that were not sharpened properly

Example of soft, wax based colored pencils that were not sharpened properly.

What is happening is that when you twist the pencil in a manual sharpener, the lead or wax pigment medium is softer than the wood and cannot withstand the pressure it takes to whittle away the wood.

The solution is a “helical blade” instead of a flat blade.

Photo of what the inside of a helical blade pencil sharpener looks like, instead of just a heavy duty razor blade found in most manual pencil sharpeners.

This is what the inside of a helical blade pencil sharpener looks like, instead of just a heavy-duty razor blade found in most manual pencil sharpeners.

This type of blade is available in both manual and electric pencil sharpeners. It chews away the wood as it goes around the pencil. A helical blade pencil sharpener sounds fancy, but that is what old fashioned pencil sharpeners with the hand crank are . . . 2 opposing helical blades.

 

“But how do you sharpen your pencils until you order a helical blade sharpener?

Use a manual sharpener very carefully.  By holding the pencil sharpener in your dominant hand, there are two ways to carefully sharpen. One technique is to gently twist the pencil with your weaker hand while holding the sharpener still. The second technique is to twist the sharpener in your dominant hand, while leaving the pencil still.

If you are using an electric pencil sharpener, don’t push so hard. Be Gentle. You are chewing up more than wood, you are chewing up dollars.”

May you have a blessed day!

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