I must be losing my mind. I read a post about THE pencil sharpener that everyone is raving about, and I even posted on it. Now I can't find the post. If someone answered my question already, I apologize. I really have searched. It doesn't come up on My Posts either.

Anyway, my question is, can you use the pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies with the cute, decorative pencils? How about the colored map pencils? I have an electric pencil sharpener, but I only allow the basic yellow pencils to be used in it because the wax in these pencils ruin the electric sharpeners. The students love their decorative pencils and need to sharpen their map pencils, so I was wondering if it would be safe in this particular pencil sharpener? Thanks for your help!!!!

I know this response doesn't answer your questions but I wanted to get that sharpener too. I visited the site earlier today and it says that single sharpeners are sold out, you can only buy sets of the sharpeners.

Yes, you can use the sharpener on the decorative pencils.

I don't know what a "colored map pencil" is so I'm not sure about that.

Also, they were out of stock when I ordered last time, so I got the cut little car one. My 5th graders loved it. I only showed 2 or 3 of them how to use it and let them sharpen pencils for everyone else. My classroom is heck on pencils!

Great! I really need something for those cute pencils, because my electric sharpener is off limits for anything other than a basic yellow pencil!

Tulips, the map pencils are just the colored pencils that you use to color or to write on maps (I guess). They are long like pencils, but the lead is a color, like pink, green, yellow, etc. We call them "map" pencils, and I have seen parents with the supply lists at Walmart saying,"What are map pencils?" I would go over and help them. I don't know why we call them that. Anyway, if it works on decorative pencils, I am assuming it would work on the colored pencils (map pencils).

Good luck ordering everyone. I am going to see if I can order one.

with every kind of pencil my students had last year. The only time a sharpener had any sort of lead breakage (I had 3 of the Classroom Friendly sharpeners last year), it was with a colored pencil. I don't know why, but I am assuming the lead must be a bit different than regular pencil lead.
On other posts, some teachers didn't use them for sharpening colored pencils as a solution to that problem.

Hi ScoobyDooDog . . . Are you talking about the colored pencils that have different color lead ruining the pencil sharpener? What about the decorative pencils that are just cute on the outside (colorful and with designs) but they have regular pencil lead? Do these decorative pencils ruin the sharpener? Thanks!(I just ordered one. )

The website claims that colored pencils can be sharpened in this sharpener. However, the colored lead is softer, and can still break easily. The sharpener will jam up when this happens. It's not hard to clear, but I won't let my students use it for colored pencils because of this.

I don't know about the fancy pencils. The pencils with plastic or glitter designs around them are usually horrible; I've never tried them in my sharpener.

The blades can be replaced when they get dull. I only got mine last fall, so haven't had to replace them yet.

This sharpener works great on all types of pencils. I did use it for colored pencils and sometimes the lead would break off and jam the sharpener. It's an easy fix though. You just have to unscrew the handle, remove it, and get the lead out. We don't use a lot of colored pencils, so I don't have to sharpen them often. I never had that problem with regular or decorative pencils.

Thanks, everyone! I won't use them for colored pencils. I am nervous about the decorative pencils, but we shall see. I might give them a try!!!! Several of you say they will be ok, so that is good enough for meeee!!!!! Thanks again!!!!

What is the site? I need a pencil sharpener desperately. I also would like to know how y'all sharpen colored pencils? I may post separately on that to get more responses. I am sure others want to know too.

Fairydust . . . I bought 6 handheld sharpeners from Walmart today (44 cents) that I plan to use for the colored pencils.

The website for this pencil sharpener is Classroom Friendly Supplies. They are sold out, but you can still order. They should be back in stock by August 7th.

First I need to say how much I adore this sharpener! ♥ It is super ,and the only thing I do not let the students sharpen in it is colored pencils. They are softer and the tips break off resulting in me having to take it apart and remove the piece. Not fun! So the rule in my classroom is no colored pencils in that sharpener.

My kids are very good about it because the last time someone sharpened one in it and i had to "perform surgery", I made them use the old noisy crank model, which eats their pencils, for a whole week. They were seriously bummed! Needless to say, they are now very careful!

CKathyteach . . . Thanks for the great review of the pencil sharpener since I just bought one. I will have the same rule!!!!! Do you let them sharpen decorative pencils?

I have had them sharpen the decorative pencils and so far it has not been a problem. As far as the colored pencils go, the kids either use hand held sharpeners or the old noisy crank.

Thanks, CKathyteach!!!! I will do the same!!!! I always feel so bad telling my kids they can't use my electric pencil sharpener for their cutesy pencils, but we all know that those pencils tear up the electric ones. So . . . this will be a good thing for my students who love to use those cute pencils.

Thanks again!! Have a "sharp" year with your students!!!!!!!!!!