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dragonmiroff

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on: April 01, 2015, 02:17:29 PM
Hi all,
Sorry if this has been asked before, I searched for it but nothing came up. So I recently brought a good set of derwent graphic pencils.....but I have a problem sharpening them. I have got many new sharpner's but none of them seem to work well. I have polychromo colouring pencils too and was wondering what people recommend for use.
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Reply #1 on: April 01, 2015, 02:41:59 PM
I use a Derwent battery operated sharpener that has two different points to choose from.
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Reply #2 on: April 01, 2015, 07:15:22 PM
Dragon,

I have Derwent Inktence pencils and they do NOT fit into the hole of the expensive sharpeners I have.  (IPOINT Evolution from Costco (plug-in electric) and XACTO Model #16750/16755 (battery powered).

What DOES work great is a cheap little circular (1.5 inch diameter) old-fashioned pencil sharpener - GENERAL'S All Art Product code 44974 00415.  It works beautifully, just like those little hand-held pencil sharpeners worked when we were kids.

Hope that helps

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Reply #3 on: April 01, 2015, 08:34:14 PM
Dragon,

A couple more comments on the pencil sharpeners.  I have another one that works well with the wider pencils - another little hand-size one - It's a rectangular one - 1.25 wide and 2.25 tall - Brand is DAHLE, with a product code of #53465-21361.

Another hint is to bring pencils with you to the store to try before you buy!

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Reply #4 on: April 01, 2015, 11:43:55 PM
Are those the metal ones Mea?
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Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 12:16:18 AM
i have to admit that I have  a special drawer that I keep all my sharpeners in.  Most came with the purchase of new pencils and pencil kits. My default sharpener has always been my battery operated Derwent sharpener.  Has like 5 different pencil size holes to accomadate larger pencils and can sharpen a blunt end for shading and another for a clean point.  I've also used an utility knife for extra long exposed lead for shading.  Hope this helps
« Last Edit: April 02, 2015, 12:22:35 AM by Bellarina »
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Reply #6 on: April 02, 2015, 10:35:45 AM
Thanks, Robin.  Having the different holes sounds great! 

OK, I see it on Amazon.  Adding it to my Christmas list.  My son likes to get me art supplies.

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Reply #7 on: April 02, 2015, 10:41:55 AM
Robin,

Not sure which ones you mean.

All of them (little hand ones and the table top, electric ones) are metal sharpeners encased in plastic.

The IPoint one from Costco is great at doing pencils that fit in the hole.  It automatically stops when the pencil is sharp.  But, it does not take the wider pencils.

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Reply #8 on: April 03, 2015, 04:29:40 PM
I use a 45 year old hand crank that works great for w/c and pastels, but for the pencils, I use an Old Timer's jack knife...it's easier to control.
I know...old school, but when you are as old as I am, you'd be surprised what I find as "easier".   :2funny:
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Reply #9 on: April 03, 2015, 05:32:39 PM
I like to use a sharp blade to sharpen my pencils.  This way you can make it into a point, a chisel and others.  You may want to check some of Dennis and Nolan's video on it.  if you have purchased the lets draw course it is all explained in it how to sharpen with an exato knife or blade.
« Last Edit: April 03, 2015, 05:40:57 PM by Danielle123 »
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Reply #10 on: April 03, 2015, 07:53:08 PM
I bought a few nice pencil sharpeners in Japan. They were affordable, yet of much higher quality then what we get here. Still they are starting to get blunt.

After reading Tousabella 's post, I went in the basement and found my old wall hand crank pencil sharpener. To my surprise, it works just as well, and obviously will for along time. I have used it for many many years, since I was a child, just never mounted it when we moved here. I am mounting it this weekend, it is till the best I have... beside a knife which is still the very best.

thank you tousabella, except for travelling no need for anymore sharpeners  :smitten:
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Reply #11 on: April 05, 2015, 12:36:24 PM
This is how I keep a fine point on pencils (Polychromos) after using a metal sharpener. I use a Derwent Sanding Block in a specific technique:


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Reply #12 on: April 05, 2015, 06:20:57 PM
Nice tip Tony, thanks, Annie
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Reply #13 on: April 05, 2015, 11:39:37 PM
  :heeha: I do much the same thing Tony! Great tip.  O0
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Reply #14 on: April 06, 2015, 02:32:28 AM
Thanks for the tip Tony
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