Friday, February 10, 2012

It's the Pencil Sharpener of my DREAMS, Peeps!

Okay, I know you've seen this around blogland. I know pencil sharpeners probably don't tickle your fancy...but girls, please...I beg you, PLEASE do not move onto another blog before reading this first.

Troy is a genius...It's quite possible that if I were to meet him, I'd hug him for an awkwardly long time. He is not only a teacher but inventor of...

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Friends, I wish you could hear how emphatically I'm telling you to hop on the world wide web and order yourself one of these NOW!

Can I tell you that my last electric pencil sharpener died after 5 days....

Yes, that's the 'ol Son of a Gun in my garbage can.  Actually, after tossing him in there I pulled him right back out and plan on sending him back he owes me FIFTY bucks!!!

Then...Hank arrived ...

I get goosebumps just thinking about him.  I. kid. you. not. perfect. pencil. every. time.

Sad pencil = sad teacher

Pencil Perfection

My kiddos don't sharpen their own pencils, I have fourth grade helpers that do that for us.  Those girls were beyond frustrated with their pencil sharpening duties.  Daily they gave Son of a Gun a try and either sharpened them to a nub or pseudo sharpened them.  Know what that is?  It's when they appear to be sharp but the very second you put pencil to paper, the lead falls out.  My fourth grade helpers were giddy, I tell you, GIDDY to use Hank and my firsties are equally impressed with his performance.

Hubs wants me to order one for his classroom and my principal already took down Troy's information and plans on making a purchase for our school.  Looks like he {and you} better hurry because the gorgeous green ones have already sold out!

For $19.95 and free shipping...what do you have to lose?!?!? 

The only warning I can issue...if you purchase one, and we were to one day meet, you might just be tempted to hug ME for an awkwardly long time. No worries - I'd completely understand, but I did feel obligated to let you know in case you aren't a huggy person....

Happy Weekend!!!!!



  1. I seriously have to get one of those!! lol

    ♥ Jen
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  2. I've been wanting one, guess I'll have to jump on it before they are gone!
    thanks for the sweet comment on my blog tonight, can't wait for the meet up!!

  3. Replies
    1. No, that's the motors to burn out, you can purchase replacement blades {which other manual sharpeners do not provide}. Seriously, it's sheer an electric sharpener, it stops sharpening once it's "done" so no sharpening down to a nub {like other manual sharpeners}. He's quiet and cute. Just my type.

      Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  4. Holly, I'm awaiting one of these babies right now and am giddy, as well! Reading your post makes me more excited! Happy weekend!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  5. I have got to get myself one of these! Mine is eating them up right now or else I sharpen them and the lead pulls right out!!

  6. I want one. I am praying my electric one does not die soon. It is starting to sound odd. Not looking good. And yes I am so glad it snow. :)

    Apples and Papers

  7. I had one in the car yesterday... then changed my mind. I don't know why I keep second guessing this thing that everyone raves about. Is it fast? I sharpen A LOT of pencils.
    Dragonflies in First

    1. Well, considering my fourth graders either sharpen the same pencil over and over again because the lead just keeps falling out, get it right down to a nub, throw it away, sharpen another one with the same outcome,then finally come to a Ticonderoga that can SOMETIMES withstand the angry jaws of 'ol Son of a Gun...yeah...technically it takes "longer" to turn the crank...but in the end, you don't EVER have to resharpen. So, I'd say no it doesn't take longer. If you consider that my fourth graders, generation of instant gratification have fallen madly in love with Hank... it's worth the "wait"...

  8. I just got one... well the school bought me one... and I posted about it! If it dies, I will def be buying one of these! LOL
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  9. I believe you and Farley have convinced me. :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  10. Well I know what I need to do today! My pencil sharpener drives me insane....the pseudo sharpened thing has about pushed me over the edge!

    First Grade Magic

  11. I feel that I am finally convinced. I read it on Farley's blog and thought, hmm. But now I'm wondering if I should buy it tonight before Sunday's big budget fest at my house. Thanks!

    First in Maine

  12. I keep going back and forth on whether to get one or not. I just need to do it!! :)

    Fun In First

  13. I ordered one for my classroom and loved it. Other teachers wanted one or more so I placed an order for 40. You get a discount if you place a large order. I think they ended up being about $15.00 dollars each. My first graders have learned how to use this wonderful pencil sharpener. You have to learn how to open it to get stuck lead out. This doesn't happen often with regular pencils. It happens when you sharpen colored pencils. I have three in my room.

  14. Whoa! I need this asap! You should contact them about giving one away on your blog!!

  15. I just ordered one. I love that it's mobile. I can see rewarding a kid with this sharpener on his/her desk for the day. They will feel so imprtant! Thanks for the info!


  16. Oh man! SO JEALOUS! Dull pencils SO NOT FUN! My 2nd pencil sharpener this year is already on its way out. I am excited about this one. Perhaps he won't break my heart like the last two...only other teachers will truly understand my pain!

    Excited for this guy!!! Thanks for sharing!


  17. Lol you are too cute! I know a few teachers...ok make that many teachers, that could use that!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  18. Looks like the sharpener for me! I'm so tired of the manual sharpening, and my sharpener just EATS pencils! Thanks for the tip!

    First Impressions

  19. This looks fantastic!! I just went and watched the video. It is sooo quiet! I have a new electric pencil sharpener, but now I am thinking I need this one too!!

    The First Grade Dream

  20. Well, you sold me on this pencil sharpener! :)

    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  21. I'm going to get one now! :-) Have a great weekend!!!

  22. How quiet is quiet? I had the custodian remove my pencil sharpener because my seventh graders would disrupt class constantly. It is easy to require pen in English but some kiddos are attached to their pencils. If this is less disruptive, I am sold!

    1. It's really pretty quiet - not super stealth quiet or anything, after all it is sharpening pencils...but I'd say it's definitely quieter than an electric and other manual ones. One of my fourth grade helpers noticed on her own how quiet it was.

  23. Okay, I just ordered mine! I'm sooo excited! I will totally be handing out that hug in a lil over a week at our bloggy meet up...are you as excited as I am?!?! YEAH :) As far as conferences go, I'm headed to MRA in March, what are doing then??? Have a FAB rest of your weekend lady and can't wait to see you soon!

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  24. I got one...and it's the mac-daddy of sharpeners!! We actually get excited when someone needs their pencil sharpened (seriously...that's just crazy...but it really happens!!). ~Tracy

  25. I'm headed over to look now. I have the X-acto School Pro but after sharpening all of the leads fall out. I thought it was the pencils. Does this actually help with that? If so I'm sold.

    1. Not one lead has fallen out all week...hallelujah!!!!

  26. LOVE this! I am going to have to buy one! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  27. Ok, you sold me as well. I don't have an electric sharpener right now and the regular sharpener is driving me crazy!



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