Description and my thoughts on the Sharpener
The Kum 2 Hole Long Point Pencil Sharpener comes in a little box with a clear plastic sleeve. The Pencil Sharpener itself measures 2 5/8″ long, 1″ deep and 1 1/4 inch across. It consists of a metal two hole sharpener that is inside a plastic case with a hinged cover. You might think that the plastic case is there to hold the shavings, and maybe that was what it was designed for, but you really need to empty it each time. The way I see it, is that the plastic case protects the pencil sharpener and also keeps lead shavings from getting on things. I like that I can sit it on the couch while I am drawing and not have to worry about it transferring lead to my couch. Also it keeps me from getting lead all over my fingers.
The sharpener itself has two holes. I thought at first that the two were identical and thought that it seemed silly but one sharpener shaves the wood part of the pencil down and the other just sharpens the lead to a point. It sharpens your pencil to a longer point than a normal pencil sharpener. This is great for drawing and I can go back and just sharpen the lead as needed until it has worn down. Each sharpener has a blade that can be replaced. It also comes with two extra blades. The blades appear to be identical for both sharpeners.
Made in Germany
How to use a Point Sharpener and my Experience
To use the Sharpener first put your pencil in the hole marked with a number 1. This hole will sharpen only the wood part of your pencil. I think it might be easier with completely round pencils. My pencils are six sided and I have to be careful to go slow so that they are sharpened evenly. It is also important to apply gentle pressure so as not to sharpen to quickly. Sharpen the wood part of your pencil until the lead portion hits the metal stop. I like to watch for it but find that the shavings go on top of where I am sharpening which is kind of annoying. Part of the problem I think is that when I saw the case I was thinking of a pencil sharpener with a reservoir for shavings and I really think the case is just meant to keep things a little more tidy but really needs to be emptied with each use or even while you are using it. I like the case because it keeps the lead residue from getting all over the place and keeps my hands clean while sharpening but I do not think it is really designed to be a reservoir for shavings.
When you have your pencil completely sharpened in hole number one, it will not have a point at all but the wood will be completely sharpened. Then put the pencil into the next hole that is marked with a number 2. This sharpener will just shape the remaining lead into a nice long point. Again you have to go slow. If you put a lot of pressure and you were working with a soft lead you could snap the end right off. Gentle even pressure is best. When you are done you will have a nice long point that will be sharper and stay sharp longer than with a typical pencil sharpener. While drawing I can usually touch up a few times just using the #2 hole to sharpen the lead before having to shave off more of the wood in hole #1.
I really like that the sharpener included the markings of #1 and #2 so that there is no confusion of where to start. Also it is nice that they included two extra blades. I almost missed the extra blades. They are tucked in a small space at the top inside area of the sharpener. There is a dip in the plastic to allow you to put a tip of a pencil in and grab the hole in the blades to pull them out. to replace them you need a small Phillips head screw driver. I have not done it yet but it looks easy enough.
Final thoughts and rating
I am torn between 4 and 5 stars for the Kum 2 hole Automatic Long Point Pencil Sharpener. I think because even though it has the case I still have to go over to the garbage can and empty it while using it. Since they bothered having a case it might have been nice to make it just a little larger with an area underneath for shavings to fall. I really like that they gave you extra blades because I understand they can be hard to find. I would give the sharpener 4.5 stars but will settle on 4 stars.