Friday, 12 March 2010

Product Review - Round Solid Brass Double-Hole Pencil Sharpener

Product:Round Solid Brass Two Hole Pencil Sharpener aka the Brass Nugget Sharpener

Summary: This is my favourite handheld sharpener. It is well designed, easy to hold, performs double duty and its weight means that it doesn't get lost easily. The compact size also means it fits easily into pencil cases. Replaceable blades mean that it can be used over the long term.
Technical Details: This is a round solid brass precision milled double pencil sharpener with replaceable blades. It accepts pencils up to 7.8 and 11 mm (5/16") diameter
Who should buy this? People who prefer: handheld pencil sharpeners; double pencil sharpeners and/or quality pencil sharpeners
Who should not buy this? People looking for a cheap pencil sharpener
  • brass sharpener with a nice weight - doesn't get lost easily
  • milled round edges make it easy to hold
  • takes two sizes of pencil
  • replaceable blades
  • produces a reliable sharp point (this is the same pencil as featured in yesterday's post where the sharpener failed to achieve a sharp point)
Think Again?
  • It's not cheap, but there again it's not that expensive.
  • not easy to find in retail shops; specialist distributors only
Manufacturer / Distributor: Unknown. It's marked "M + R Germany"

I'm still not clear who makes this quality sharpener - if anybody has any idea I'd love to know. Do also let me know if there are any stickists as it's an excellent hand held pencil sharpener

I have problems with using hand held pencil sharpeners because of my tenosynovitis in my sharpening hand and yet I seem to be able to use this one without problems. Maybe because it sharpens well first time?

I'm now featuring it in my Art Equipment - Resources for Artists information site - see Handheld Brass Pencil Sharpeners
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Artist 744 said...

This sharpener is my favorite too and in the USA it is also available at Dakota Art Pastels (scroll down to last item on page).

Love your blogs :)

Paint & ART said...

Hi all

I'm new to this forum site, so hello all.

The sharpener your after is made by a German company called Mobius + Ruppert, they are a solid brass professional standard pencil sharpener.

I own an Art Supplies shop based in Huddersfield and we stock them, they are a firm favourite with professionals, from graphic designers to architects.

If you want any more details give me a shout at

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