Art Supply Review : Mitsubishi KH20 Pencil Sharpener
This is my new favorite pencil sharpener. It’s easy. Quick. Light. Quiet. Efficient.
What else could you want?
I got this pencil sharpener specifically because I was tired of being frightened to sharpen my Caran d’Ache Museum watercolor pencils. I also thought it was probably time to upgrade since I was doing more work with graphite.
This was definitely an awesome upgrade.
|Facts||Where Does it Stand?|
|Name||Mitsubishi KH 20 Handheld Pencil Sharpener|
|Color||Black, red, blue|
|Type||Handcrank desktop sharpener with autostop, rubber grips, blunt and long point modes|
|Point Type||Blunt and Long point|
|Size||13 x 8.5 x 8 cm|
It’s pretty surprising that this pencil sharpener is made in China, that’s not exactly what you would expect from Mitsubishi. Despite that, there’s no reason to assume that there is any kind of deficiency in quality. The sharpener is sturdy and works very smoothly.
Pros and Cons
|Stabilizes pencil while sharpening||Too large to travel with|
|Autostop||Can shorten pencils a great deal|
|Can sharpen (slightly) larger pencils||Not metal, so maybe not super sturdy?|
|Both long and blunt tips||Sometimes sharpens a bit off center|
|Huge waste receptacle, with viewing hole||Does not include desk clamp, must be purchased separately|
|Includes a hole for a desk clamp|
|Easy disassembly for repairs or troubleshooting|
|Rubberized base for stability|
|Rubberized clamps do not damage pencils|
Who is it for?
This sharpener is ideal for anybody who just wants to get a good tip every time with no fuss. They are sharpeners that give a sharper point, but not much sharper. If you don’t want to spend time fussing around with those, this is perfect. You could go through an entire collection of pencils in a few minutes and have consistent results.
Since the cutting mechanism is not entirely made out of metal, I wonder just how long the blades will remain sharp. I’m not sure if there is a replacement available.
The blunt tip is an interesting added feature. It’s probably not interesting for most pencil users, but for artists who use colored pencils, it can be helpful to have a broader tip sometimes.
I have seen it recommended that after sharpening several colored pencils, it’s a good idea to sharpen a graphite pencil to make sure that the blades are not excessively dulled.
The Last Word
- Price: ★★★
- Quality: ★★★★
- Overall: ★★★★
I don’t think anybody could go wrong with this sharpener. It’s a good price, good quality, and it doesn’t mar your expensive pencils!