I sure wish I had read the reviews first. I would have never purchased this for my boss. It just didn't sharpen his pencils. He tried three of them. Then I tried one. It really was ridiculous. All he wanted was a pencil with a point. And, on top of all of that, it is so noisy. No one wants to hear all that noise in an office setting.
Staples needs to stop carrying the product. The motor is very weak and loud. I typically spend about 2 minutes trying to sharpen one pencil. Results are uneven and jagged. Sad that it can't perform the only thing it's built for...sharpening pencils!!!!!
I had to twist the pencil around, maneuver it around, so that it could get a decent edge (when the sharpener was new). Now, after about 25 pencils, the motor is still running, but it does not sharpen- meaning I have been trying to sharpen just one pencil, so far it's been 5 minutes of doing this, and its about half way sharpened. This sharpener disappoints me.
I hate this pencil sharpener. I've had it for about 8 months and it stinks. The motor runs, the pencil fits in and everything, but the results are very unsatisfactory: the pencil point breaks 60% of the time; you end up with just a wood (no lead) point 20% of the time; the pencil looks sharpened, but the lead ends up falling right out when you try to write with it 10% of the time; the pencil comes out with a dull point 7% of the time; and you get a decent point 3% of the time. Not what I expected when spending over $30 on a pencil sharpener. Dissapointing, frustrating junk.
We enjoyed this sharpener while it lasted. It broke down once and my husband fixed it, but now it has broken in another place and I think I'll give up on it now. Too bad, I thought I was buying a quality item that would last.
This sharpener is not used daily. I rarely use pencils, but when I need a pencil I need a sharp one. This X-acto is wrongly named. In fact, I find most electric AND manual sharpeners are of shoddy quality. It seems the manufacturers are bound and determined to offer what appeals to the eye but the inner workings are JUNK.