Best Electric Pencil Sharpener For Colored Pencils

colored-pencils-sharpener-minBest Electric Pencil Sharpener For Colored Pencils And Every Artist

The first question that probably you will ask yourself before and after buying colored pencils will be, which is best electric pencil sharpener for colored pencils? And that is a totally normal question, because if you invested in Prismacolor or Faber-Castell colored pencils, then for sure you don’t want to destroy them by bad sharpener. And another very important factor is nicely sharp and clean lead of the pencil, I hope that you keep your pencils sharp and clean for best results you should.


Why is important to have a good pencil sharpener?

The first reason is like I said nice and clean sharp lead tip, which is very important part of every drawing project. With a sharp lead tip, you will have more control over your drawings, and you will able to apply more details. The second reason why you should choose not solid but the best electric pencil sharpener for colored pencils is? It is how much you wish to extend life to your colored pencils.

Colored pencils are very soft and from a view of the artist that is great. Because adhesion to paper is great, and we can blend them easily. But when we take those soft pencils and we use some cheap sharpener you cut durability of pencils for probably 50% if not more. So once again if you are serious about drawing with colored pencils choose right sharpener, it is a smart investment.

In this review, I will cover two best electric pencil sharpeners for colored pencils that are in the moment top best available, those that can satisfy all needs by the artist.

Before we start with this reviews one thing you must take into considering, every sharpener needs maintenance. If you don’t maintain them, then even the best electric sharpener will not work a long time, and you will be disappointed. And the only reason is that you didn’t maintain good enough blades, and you didn’t clean from shavings inside of sharpener. So for best performance of every electric sharpener maintenance is something you must do, especially if you will use your electric pencil sharpener for colored pencils.

Colored pencils like Prismacolor, Faber Castell or Derwent coloreddrawing pencils have a wax base. And wax is worst enemy to blades in sharpener! Why is like that? Because blades are rotating in the high-speed inside of electric sharpener, and this rotation and friction is creating a large heat. And of course, wax from pencils is melting and sticks to the blades of the sharpener, which is.

If you don’t clean them from wax you will have soon overheating and also your blades will not cut as they need, and that will result probably with broken lead tip. The trick for cleaning blades from wax is very simple, just follow this steps. All you have to do is after 5 to 10 sharpening of wax based colored pencils you take one normal graphite pencil and put it through the sharpener.

Repeat that two or three times with graphite pencil and you will remove all wax from the blades, and they will be ready for wax based colored pencils again. Graphite is the natural lubricant and cleaner for blades, so it’s highly recommended to do this process.

In reviews bellow, I have selected two best pencil electric sharpener for colored pencils, and I can say with confidence that those heavy duty sharpeners will never fail you!

Best Electric Pencil Sharpener for Colored Pencils review

School Smart Electric Vertical Pencil Sharpener

School Smart electric pencil sharperner

Technical Details

Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 5 x 7.2 inches

Item weight: 1 pounds

Blades: Helical steel blades

Input voltage: 120V 60Hz 2.0A

Warranty: 1 year

This powerful and fast heavy duty pencil School Smart Electric sharpener is one the best electric pencil sharpener for colored pencils.  It is a durable little beast that goes over the limits, and it is widely used in classrooms and art classes. The main reason is his power, which ensures that you have in two to three seconds razor sharp pencil tip.

Powerful motor with razor sharp blades

When you have a powerful motor you need also to have powerful blade system, and helical steel blades are ensuring that pace of the motor can pull out maximum efficiency. Motor and blades, when are working, are not so quiet, but for the exchange of performance that you get this is a fair bargain.

Autostop function that protects your pencils from over sharpening

Auto stop  function is a very useful function on pencil electric sharpener, and if you ask me must be the function. When you have powerful and fast sharpener like School Smart Sharpener if you don’t have auto stop function you will probably very fast destroy all of your pencils. Every person has different pressure when they put pencils through the sharpener, some of us will push lightly and some hard.

And that can lead that you will have a pointy tip but you will not feel it, and you will just push more and more until you “eat” your pencil with a sharpener. So once again, autostop function is very good add on!

Very large shavings receptacle

I have said that this is heavy duty sharpener, and that is the reason why you will get large shavings receptacle. And that is also another great thing, imagine that you are working in a classroom where you must sharpen fifty pencils. I’m sure you don’t wish to walk to garbage to throw away shavings after every five pencils, with this receptacle you will have no worry. It can handle much more than one classroom of pencils, and it is transparent so you can easily see when is time to empty shavings.


Pros: Very fair price, fast and durable, many satisfied users

Cons: Little loud, blades are not replaceable, one size standard pencil





X-acto School Pro 1670 Electric Pencil Sharpener

Technical Details

Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8 x 5.7 inches

Product weight: 1 pounds

Blades: Helical steel blades

Product materials: Plastic/Steel

Warranty: 10 years

On the first look, you will see that this sharpener deserve the title of Best Electric Pencil Sharpener for Colored Pencils, and you are not wrong. X-Acto says that teachers designed this sharpener, and if that is a true then they did an awesome job. They manage to design perfect sharpener with a classy look, with great durability. Comparing to School Smart pencil sharpener that I have mentioned before, X-acto School Pro 1670 is two levels above.


Powerful but quiet motor

The motor is designed for heavy-duty work but works with a very low level of noise. It is perfect for classrooms or art classes, and on all places that silence is needed.




Helical Cutter for Perfect Precision with autostop function

Replacement cutter electric pencil sharpener Helical cutter on X-acto School Pro 1670 is made to aim precision and durability, and it using autostop function. It’s use patented fly-away cutter system, which prevents pencils from over-sharpening. And when you have that system, then you have also reduced waste of your pencils. But the best thing and reason you fell in love are exchangeable cutters, replacement is easy and fast. Cutter is great for all kind pencils, even colored pencils. But remember what I said maintenance!




6-Pencil Hole Sizes Dialer

holesWith a variety of pencils on the market, with the different thickness you can face a problem if you have only standard size sharpener. With X-Acto, you will not have does problems, you will have 6-pencil hole dialer. Each hole is for different size of pencils, and you can sharpen any shape. By simple rotation of wheel with holes you choose thickens, and you get perfectly stable  pencil during sharpening.



Large pencil shavings receptacle 

Perfect receptacle for long runs of sharpening, it is designed for the classroom. I’m wondering when you will fill out this receptacle, you will probably forget that exist. And that is great because we can spend more time on our artworks. And less on trash can! 🙂




Pros: 10 years warranty, very quiet, exchangeable blades, fair price

Cons: Little bigger then others

And I wish to say for the end that both of sharpener are great, and very well know among users of pencils. And don’t be fouled by basic look of School Smart Electric Vertical Sharpener, maybe looks basic but it will do great job with all of your standard size pencils. Prismacolor and Faber Castell are standard size pencils, so you will have no problem. And if you choose X-acto sharpener, well I must admit it is my favorite. It’s have everything that I would need, and 10 years a warranty!