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Sharpening Pencils

Quality Matters When Sharpening Pencils
In the 1890's the first serious devices to replace the pocket knife for pencil sharpening began to be widely available. They were hand held and many had inwardly pointing replaceable blades. While they were not as neat and compact as today's models, they would be recognizable to the modern eye.

The desire for a clean sharp pencil point is doubtless as old as the pencil itself, however the wood from which the pencil is made, and the lead it contains are sometimes forgotten as components needing to meet prerequisite standards of an acceptably high quality before the sharpener can be expected to perform its job satisfactorily.

A wood of reasonable quality and lead of consistent density and quality is important.There are 5 points which a sharpener has to have correctly configured for it to be able to perform its function successfully:
1. The sharpness of the blade
2. The angle of the blade
3. The angle at which the blade is presented to the wood
4. The angle of the taper of the sharpener cone
5. The rigidity of the whole structure

A high quality sharpener cannot compensate for poor quality wood and lead. High quality wood and lead will not withstand the damaging influence of a poor quality sharpener. In order to ensure optimal sharpening, we recommend replacing the sharpener from time to time as the blade becomes blunt over time. This leads to breakage.

Electric Pencil Sharpeners Are Not Recommended
We do not recommend using an electric sharpener with any of our pencils.

When sharpening artists pencils, we recommend using the most commonly used hand held Double Hole Metal Sharpener for best results. The angle and sharpness of the blade is very important when sharpening a pencil properly.

Sharpening Pitt Charcoal Pencils
Due to their natural texture, charcoal pencils can be tricky to sharpen. The Faber-Castell Double Hole Metal Sharpener is recommended for a nice sharp point.
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Sharpening Pitt Pastel Pencils
Electric and handheld sharpeners should not be used when sharpening the Pitt Pastel Pencil. The lead contains quartz sand which makes the blade go blunt. A sharpening knife should be used for best results.

Recommended Sharpeners
The following sharpeners are recommended for Art & Graphic Pencils as well as pencils found in our other brands.

Grip Trio Sharpener
Additional Color Options Available
Contains
     3 Sharpeners
     2 Chambers to Contain Shavings
Sharpens
     Hexagonal, Round & Triangular Pencils
     Color & Graphite Pencils
     Jumbo & Standard Size Pencils
Suggested for (not limited to)
     Grip Eco Pencils
     Grip 2001 Standard & Jumbo Pencils
     Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils
     Goldfaber Color & Goldfaber Aqua Pencils
     Design Pencils
     Sparkle Pencils

Castell 9000 Double Hole Sharpener
Contains
     Chamber to Contain Shavings
Sharpens
     Jumbo & Standard Size Pencils
Suggested for (not limited to)
     Castell 9000 Standard & Jumbo Pencils
     Jumbo Grip Pencils
     Albrecht Dürer Magnus Pencils

Double Hole Metal Sharpener
Contains
     Adjustable Sharpness Setting
Sharpens
     Color & Graphite Pencils
     Jumbo & Standard Size Pencils
Suggested for (not limited to)
     Grip Eco Pencils
     Grip 2001 Standard & Jumbo Pencils
     Castell 9000 Pencils
     Graphite Pure Pencils
     Polychromos Color Pencils
     Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
     Art Grip Aquarelle Pencils
     Goldfaber Color & Goldfaber Aqua Pencils
     Perfection Eraser Pencils

Double Hole Metal Sharpener
Contains
     Adjustable Sharpness Setting
Sharpens
     Color & Graphite Pencils
     Jumbo & Standard Size Pencils
Suggested for (not limited to)
     Grip 2001 Standard and Jumbo Pencils
     Polychromos Color Pencils
     Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils
     Albrecht Dürer Magnus Watercolor Pencils

TK Lead Sharpener
Suggested for
     TK Leads 2mm or 3.15mm