The kids have been getting into my colored pencil stores lately, so I made them pay their dues by sharpening a tub full of them (though the activity was deviously presented as a game). I read somewhere that the Prismacolor lead can mess up an electric sharpener, so we started with small hand sharpeners. I started to remember why I don’t use them much.
Enough cracked leads prompted me to dig out some sharpeners I had in my classroom for awhile – I got them on eBay a few years back. They make such a sharp point that I had to train Gryphon to estimate the number of turns that would yield only a semi-sharp point for each pencil, and he’s since become a sharpening master.
Rooting through my tub of pencils turned up a few different Prismacolor imprints, evidence of the brand’s journey.