Best Pencil Sharpeners Thrifter 2020

It's time to stop fooling around with cheap, shoddy pencil sharpeners and find one that can get the job done properly. Whether you're an artist, a student, a parent, a teacher, or if you're just tired of only having dull pencils lying around, the following guide will help you find a pencil sharpener that is suited to your needs and actually worth spending your money on.

Battery-operated option: OfficeGoods Electric & Battery Operated Pencil Sharpener

Staff Pick

Customize the tip of your pencil with this OfficeGoods electric pencil sharpener. It offers three different sharpening modes: blunt, medium, and sharp. Plus, it can be powered with batteries, the included AC adapter, or a USB cable.

$24.95 at Amazon

Pocket-sized: Staedtler Pencil Sharpener

Unlike most of the other pencil sharpeners on this list, this metal sharpener operates manually and is small enough to fit in your pocket. That means you can even keep it stored in a pencil case for safekeeping.

$3.69 at Amazon

Most accommodating: X-ACTO Ranger Wall Mount Manual Pencil Sharpener

The iconic wall-mountable X-Acto manual pencil sharpener is adjustable to accommodate different pencil sizes and is a commercial-grade product that is built for high usage. It's capable of being mounted to desks and tables, too.

$9.99 at Amazon

Faster, faster!: PowerMe Electric Pencil Sharpener

PowerMe's electric pencil sharpener features a high-grade stainless steel helical blade that can sharpen your dull pencils within just three seconds. It's best suited for No. 2 and Colored Pencils and has an auto-jam release system to ensure your pencil is never stuck inside.

$17.95 at Amazon

No. 2 pencil's first choice: Bostitch Personal Electric Pencil Sharpener

Bostitch's personal electric pencil sharpener comes in four different colors and has an extra-large shavings tray so you don't have to worry about dumping its contents out too often. This model is best suited for children and personal use rather than office or classroom use.

$14.98 at Amazon

Have it your way: Kutsuwa T'Gaal Angle Adjustable Pencil Sharpener

This handheld pencil sharpener features an adjustable angle/length setting that helps you sharpen your pencil exactly as you want it. This model previously went viral for its versatility with Prismacolor pencils.

$6.45 at Amazon

Suitable for any situation: X-Acto School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener

This X-Acto electric pencil sharpener was built for classroom use, which means it will have absolutely no trouble keeping all your pencils sharp in your home office or studio either. Its helical steel cutter produces rounded pencil points and stops cutting automatically once your pencil is sharp.

$25.97 at Amazon

Never a dull moment: X-Acto High Volume Commercial Electric Pencil Sharpener

If you're looking for a pencil sharpener that can outlast all the rest, this commercial-grade model by X-Acto should put an end to your search. It has a PencilSaver feature to prevent oversharpening and extend the life of your pencils, along with Auto Reset and SafeStart features. This is the most powerful X-Acto sharpener yet.

$100.64 at Amazon

Perfect for Prismacolor: Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener

Prismacolor fanatics can't overlook this premier pencil sharpener. It's specifically designed for Prismacolor pencils and has two different blades to choose from to change your pencil's point: fine for sharp details or wide for coverage. This would be a great pick to pair with an adult coloring book too.

$5.89 at Amazon

Getting to the point...

Picking the right pencil sharpener comes down to a few important features. If your sharpener will be used by children, some options like the X-Acto School Pro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener feature helical blades which produce rounded tips instead of sharp ones to keep kids safe if they do happen to poke themselves or another student. It's also durable enough to withstand being used by multiple people on a daily basis.

Our pick for the best pencil sharpener is the OfficeGoods Pencil Sharpener. All of the sharpeners on our list work well to keep your pencil sharp, but this model by OfficeGoods takes sharpening pencils to the next level with three different sharpening modes. You can switch from a blunt tip to a medium or sharp one with ease. It's a bit more versatile than that though, as it can be powered in three different ways as well. Plug it in using the included AC adapter, pop in some batteries, or connect it to a USB port to power it on.

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