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I've done a lot of coloured pencil reviews and as anyone who uses pencils knows, they have to be sharpened.
There are dozens of sharpeners out there, by dozens of companies all promising the best results. Sadly, we know that this is not necessarily the case. They don't all provide excellent results.
Moreover, what works for one person may not work at all for another. For a long time, I was using an electric sharpener. When you have soft-core pencils (like Prismacolor Premiers) it can be very frustrating to get them sharp. The soft core means a higher chance of breaking, and when it comes to manual sharpening it is nearly impossible to hold the pencil still while sharpening and ultimately the pencil breaks.
I have seen numerous colourists and pencil artists talk about the T'GAAL sharpener so I thought I would give it a try myself.
- Quite expensive
- 5 settings for pencil points
- Self contained - you don't have to hold it over the rubbish bin
- Comes in various colours
- Incredibly sharp blade
- Light weight
This sharpener fit nicely in the palm of your hand and is very light weight. It doesn't take up much room if you are travelling with your pencils. It fits a standard pencil as well as the slightly larger pencil (like Faber-Castell Polychromos).
It comes in several colours - while not important to the function, it's always super fun to have choices.
Each of the five different settings allows you to change the angle of the point, depending on what you prefer. The first point is very much like the way most presharpened pencils come from the factory, and as the number goes up, so too does the angle of the pencil point.
When I was using my electric sharpener it resulted in what would be a five (shown above). While I loved the point, I found that if the tip broke because of how long the point was I was wasting a lot of pencil to get the tip sharp again. When you work with pencils that are upwards of $2.00 each, it becomes important to keep waste in mind.
Since I switched to the T'GAAL, I'm finding less and less waste as I personally only use setting number one. I like to keep my pencils very sharp which means I'm sharpening them often during the course of a project - setting one keeps a sharp point but short so that I'm breaking the ends less often. Many times it doesn't even feel like the pencil is sharpening and yet out comes a lovely point.
Overall, I'm incredibly impressed by the T'GAAL Multi-Sharpener, despite being (what I consider) ridiculously expensive for a small manual sharpener, I can honestly say it is worth every cent. When I purchased mine from my local art store I paid about $10 CAD, when my husband was looking for a new sharpener, I sent him to get the same one (because I don't like to share) and he paid double that at the same place.
Honestly, worth it. I will not hesitate to spend the same amount for another of these sharpeners. So if you are able/willing to use a manual sharpener for your pencils, I don't think you have to look any further than this one.
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*disclaimer: I am not sent products to review, nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I personally use, that I find interesting and that I have purchased with my own money. I receive no incentive, payment or reward to review a product. All reviews are based on my experience using them and are my opinion only.