This month’s My Fave Monday post is on the Faber-Castell Trio Sharpening Box. I’ve had this pencil sharpener for about a year now and it’s been my go to manual pencil sharpener when I’m working in colored pencil. In general, I’m a pretty big fan of Faber-Castell’s products, so when I came across this sharpener in one of my local art stores, it didn’t take much convincing for me to try it out. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of this pencil sharpener and have even purchased a second one as a back up because I love it so much! This sharpener is available at most art store or online for around $10 depending on the retailer.
Here’s a breakdown of my pros and cons of the product:
- 3 different sized holes for sharpening: coloured pencil, standard pencil, and jumbo size
- Click locking mechanism so that both sides stay together when not in use
- Removable sharpener from coloured pencil side base: ideal for changing out the blades.
- Consistent sharpening
- Minimal to no breakage on leads
- Great for travel
- Visually pleasing design and ergonomic shape
- Durable design, even after many uses
- Shavings compartments can be a little difficult to open
- Fullness of shavings container not visible from the outside
- Doesn’t sharpen to long point
- Not suitable for pastel pencils
- Only available in one colour
For more information on this product: Faber-Castell Trio Sharpening Box Grip 2001