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What's the deal with Dixon pencils????? Since Sept. we have been using them and I feel like all they ask is to sharpen pencils! I sharpen them for them too and they break in the sharpener or immediately when I take it out!??!

I can't take much more of this pencil situation?!?!?


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They came in our supply kits this year and break every two seconds. They are junk!
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ALL of my pencils are garbage. The kids all bought several different types and not one brand is decent. I'm not sure if the industry standards have dropped or what, but I'm about to train them all how to use mechanical pencils.
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Irritatingly worthless!
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It's not just Dixon, so many pencils are junk. It seems the lead is shattered inside the pencil before it's even sharpened. What a waste of money and even worse time! We need some creative person to invent a cheap writing tool that doesn't need to be sharpened. Wait a minute... maybe that's chalk!
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And my OCD child can grind a new pencil down to nothing in no time flat (if I don't intervene in time) because it keeps breaking and she has to have it perfect.


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same here
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I've noticed it, too.

I've also noticed that many pencils are made in another country.

I wonder if it is their plot to hinder the education of children in America
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Oh my goodness, I think we were making a reply to this post at about the same moment!
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I'll only buy Ticonderoga
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Dixon stinks!
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The pencils are definitely horrible! I love the chalk idea, but then they would just snap it in half. I'll tell you that some of them work better when sharpened in an old fashioned hand sharpener. (Not the plastic ones from the store...the ones that are attached to the wall!)
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Our supply lists have to be under a certain dollar amount. After dealing with a Dixon nightmare last year we took off other things from our supply list just so that Ticonderoga pencils could be put on our list. I will never return. Instead of sharpening pencils every single day, now I only need to sharpen every week at the most. They are significantly more expensive but have saved my sanity!!


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Dixon Ticonderoga pencils are aaaaah-mazing! Thats all I want to use in my classroom!
 
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I hate pencil problems!
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I am the only one who is allowed to use the expensive electric sharpener. I thought that the kids were the ones who were being rough with the pencils. Then, I had problems with them breaking for ME! Ha, Ha! Me? Ruin a pencil? No way!

Yes, they are junk. Maybe the PP is right and this is just a subversive plot to make the American education system even more dysfunctional!
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No Dixon here either
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Dixon pencils are awful. Use pinterest to make something cute out of them, then get different pencils. It's been posted that USA, Starfall (very cheap, too), Mirado Black Warriors, and Dixon Ticonderogas are great pencils.
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I also HATE the Dixon that EVERY child brought this year, because they were so CHEAP. Standard pencil grips don't fit and the lead is broken all the way down, if they even sharpen evenly. I'm planning to put Ticonderoga on the student supply list next year. Parents will fuss at first, but they have NO IDEA of what we've been through!
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I hate Dixon, and refuse to buy them even when they are on the penny sales. I don't think they are worth a penny
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Is garbage!
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I checked out their website when I discovered others were as disappointed as I was.

Interesting - according to their website, Dixon are are "budget" pencil created by Dixon-Ticonderoga.

I, too, have always been a fan of Dixon-Ticonderoga. Tried Dixon this year and agree with all the above posts. What a mess!

I suggest we take our complaints to Dixon-Ticonderoga. Here are the contacts:


Heathrow, FL
Dixon Ticonderoga Company
(North America Headquarters)
195 International Parkway
Heathrow, FL 32746

Toll Free: 800-824-9430
Fax: 800-232-9396
E-mail: customerservice (at) dixonusa.com

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Old 01-06-2012, 08:28 AM
 
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I called them last year to complain and they sent me a gross of the ticonderoga pencils to make up for it...give it a try..
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Glad I am not alone!!
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I encourage my students to get paper-mate sharpwriter pencil;s--you just twist the tip and they are hard to break b/c they have a little bit of give to them when you write. I found some on sale at office max and bought enough for each kid to have a few to get them hooked so they could buy their own from then on. Has really cut down on the sharpening
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I guess you can say I was happy to see this post! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has been majorly disappointed. Those pencils have been AWFUL this year! Our main issues are not sharpening evenly and the lead being broken throughout the pencil.

I will try to keep in mind the Ticonderoga pencils for next year's supply list.

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What about the parents who buy the CHEAP pencils and the expensive crayons? I asked for 8 crayons, not 64 with a sharpener! Spend your money on good pencils and fewer (but good) crayons.

While I am at it, same with glue sticks. I want 4 good small glue sticks, not 4 HUGE and cheap ones!
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I agree that Ticonderoga is the best. A few years back someone on PT suggested pencils with liquid graphite. They are ok, but the lead comes out fairly light. I ask the parents to buy the fat Ticonderoga pencils since they hardly ever need to be sharpened. I also request the 8 pack of fat crayons. They usually will last a kid the entire school year.
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I bought a bunch at the penny sales and was super disappointed how hard they were to sharpen. My wall-mounted, electric, and hand-held sharpeners all couldn't get them to work.

BUT, I got a new pencil sharpener and now I can use them! (sorry, that sounds like a cheesy infomercial, but it's TRUE!) It's from classroom friendly supplies (.com). It has made a world of difference. They sharpen perfectly. EVERY. TIME.

It's quiet, it won't oversharpen pencils, it's fast, and it WORKS. And it's only $20 (free shipping). The kids have to be trained how to use it, because it's a little different than a regular sharpener, but once they get it, it's fine. I've yet to find a pencil it won't sharpen, including my cheap-o Dixon ones.
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I checked out the website for the sharpener and it looks VERY interesting! I'll have to get one and see how it does. Cause I agree with everyone . . . those Dixon pencils are worthless and if this sharpener will make them worthwhile, that'll be wonderful!
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I love the above mentioned pencil sharpener, but the Dixon I have still aren't worth a darn using it. Maybe it would be much worse if I didn't have such a great sharpener!
I also wonder if Dixon are worse in different parts of the US.
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I'm in the Midwest and our Dixon pencils are a waste of money! I checked the link for the pencil sharpener. I'd like to have one of those sharpeners!
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We hate Dixon pencils! All they ever do is break. We don't buy them anymore and suggest our parents don't buy them as well.
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I bought several of those retro sharpeners from classroom friendly supplies and after 2 years neither of them is working very well. I guess I'll have to either replace the whole thing or order replacement blades. But the kids do like them, they're quiet, and they work well. I would definitely recommend them.
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I do appreciate that they sell replacement blades. It makes me feel good that I don't have to throw away a perfectly good metal shell. I hope mine holds up that long - I teach middle school, and kids have started coming to my room before school and between classes (when they're not coming to me) to sharpen their pencils. I love it, but it gets a lot of use!!
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They are awful! I don't even bother sharpening them anymore. They break and sharpen unevenly. I know it's not the sharpener, because it works well on other pencils.
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The kids drive me crazy grinding these pencils all day long...it really grates on my nerves too. Sounds like a small problem but if non-teachers only knew what we have to put up with!!!
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I have been complaining about pencils for the last 2 years and get the feeling that everyone thinks I am nuts for getting so bent out of shape about them. It is one of my biggest aggravations of the day. Especially when student after student has to go get another pencil after their leads have broken. We have even had the wood split only to find that there are portions of the pencil that have pieces of lead missing. I have tried pencil sharpener after pencil sharpener and nothing works on most pencils. They all break. Thanks for verifying that I am not losing my mind (at least not with the pencils, anyway.) :0)
 
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I bought a bunch of the Dixon pencils during the penney sales and mine are fine. They are my preferred pencil. Also the pentech ones are pretty good.
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i scour the pencil bin in the supply room for Dixon Ticonderogas. I have sworn for years that they're the only ones whose tips don't bend and snap straight out of the sharpener. Now I see I'm not alone! Honestly, they are worth it! The regular Dixon brand is a-w-f-u-l. IMHO they are worse than PenPal, Office Max, and all the other generic brands. I was tricked into thinking at all Dixon's must be good but it is the opposite! Now on our supply list we put a "teacher's choice" option on there so parents know, but it's not mandatory.
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I'm glad to know it's not just my school that got suckered, and that it's not just me who despises this brand. We have a plethora of Dixon on campus, but I'm gonna ask for Ticonderoga. It wastes so much class time. 30 pencils sharpened before class; ALL of them broken within 30 minutes.
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glad I found this thread. I am the only one that sharpens those dixon pencils that seem to multiply in my room. All they do for me is break, also. I really thought I was hard on the sharpener. Guess it's the pencils afterall.
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This is the first year we asked our students to buy their own supplies because of budget cuts, so I started out with 30 boxes of these cheap pencils this year and only have a few boxes left. I used to get 20 dozen Princess pencils and still have several dozen left at the end of the year, but Princess apparently closed down. They were the best pencils, but I'm finding that Ticonderoga is ok too.
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I have felt that perhaps these cheap Dixon pencils actually are made with pieces of lead, like about 1/4 inch long, rather than a full piece of lead. In spite of several pencil sharpeners, it seemed like a perfectly looking sharpened pencil would no sooner hit the paper than would break...so frustrating...for students and teachers...and yet, that is what parents are offered at stores during the back-to-school sales. And, that is what they buy!
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Staples brand are just as bad. I had a box of 48 and in every single one the lead was crooked, so it wouldn't sharpen properly.
I only allow Ticonderoga. In fact I tell parents to NOT buy pencils on the supply list, that I'll take care of those and instead to buy tissues and hand sanitizer for the classroom.
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Ugh -- I hate the Staples brand too -- horrible, horrible. Just when I thought I've thrown every last one away, one is lurking... Behind a desk, on the restroom floor, under a throw rug, on the white board tray. I throw it away and the next week I find yet another, perhaps a little chewed up and the eraser gone, but with its crooked point taunting me. Mwaaah, mwaaah, mwaaah...

Speaking of Staples though... I was there last night and they have their boxes of the good yellow Ticonderogas for $2 (usually $3.49 if I remember right) so I bought three boxes.
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We have been going through pencils like crazy this year and I was so glad to see this post. Not only does the lead break, but the erasers snap off the first time the child goes to use it. It's ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a good electric sharpener I won't let the kids use because we've gone through two electric sharpeners already this year. The old fashioned wall sharpeners are horrible and there's a line at them every morning. Sharpening the cheap pencils is almost laughable because you just keep sharpening, and sharpening, and sharpening, and they keep breaking and breaking and breaking.
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Check to see where products are made. Made in China typically means "affordable because we use the cheapest materials and labor to product cheaper, worthless products."
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Pencils that don't need to be sharpened.
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My senior year (two years ago) the college bookstore had just got in these new pencils that never need to be sharpened. They look like a normal pencil but the material inside them is made that they never lose their point or break. They were a bit pricy (maybe 6 dollars for 4) but completely worth it because they were so magical. I have no idea what company makes them or what they are called I just know they never needed to be sharpened..

(Sorry if this was mentioned somewhere in the post already. I couldn't handle all the posts about pencils. I skipped to my input on the matter.)
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I subbed in an inner-city classroom with Dixon pencils today. Do you know what happens in an Urban classroom with pencils that easily break? Well, I tell you it wasn't good! How am I supposed to keep students on task when they have an excuse to get up and go mess with the pencil sharpener continuously?????
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I did see that the CFS sharpener does have replacement blades, and there's even a video on you tube that shows how to replace them. If they work as well as people say (and I hope!), it seems like a good bargain to just replace the blade.
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I also only buy only Ticonderoga pencils, and they can have problems, too. But have you all noticed how AWFUL the erasers are???!? It seems that you can't buy a pencil, with the exception of Ticonderoga, that has an eraser that doesn't make your paper black, rip, or smudge beyond belief. I agree.....let's go back to chalk!
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I get so annoyed with my Dixon pencils breaking every five minutes that I have decided to go out and get Tico's as I call them. They are sooo much better and when they go on sale I stock up since our school doesn't have a supply room anymore. I get so annoyed that some of my kids write so hard that five second after getting them a pencil it breaks. So now I'm treasuring my Tico's and getting more when I can afford them.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:07 PM
 
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Erasable pens have saved my sanity! Kids love them! I even let them use them in Math. I could not stand the sound of the pencil sharpener anymore. I went through three this year! A Swingline, an Ipoint, and a Boston. NO MORE!
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Ticonderoga -- yikes!
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I have always spent the extra money for Ticonderoga, but this year they are breaking every 2 seconds! I had a kid break 7 different pencils in one writing period, and I know he wasn't doing it on purpose -- I watched him! Why are they so bad these days? I want to send them back to the company with an angry note. I have more students and less classroom supply money than ever before. I can't afford this!
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Oh wow...this post is awesome! I hate pencils. I hate them all...I have reduced more than one BRAND NEW pencil to a stub in less than a minute because of broken lead, uneven sharpening, etc. I love it when you're in the middle of a standardized test and the poor kid's pencil breaks over and over-that's not distracting or anything. I've tried to hook my kids on mechanical pencils, but then they take them home and leave them there!
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I actually had to look up to see the author of this post, I was sure it was something I'd previously written. I thought I was alone in my pencil agony. There needs to be something done, it has the potential to ruin a very good day! PENCILS!
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I have used these as well. I introduced them to my students and they bought them too. Now, I can't find them. Do you know some particular store that carries them?
 

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