If there was one negative aspect of working with coloured pencils it would be the need to sharpen them. I love Prismacolor pencils but am at times appalled by their inconsistent quality. Their waxy leads are superb to work with but often they break far too easily. Every manual sharpener I have used has still resulted in these pencils breaking when being sharpened. I had to resort to using a stencil knife to do the job. This is not good for one’s fingers over time!

Polychromos pencils are much tougher and sharpening them is rarely a problem.

The answer?

I recently bought a Ledah electric sharpener and now ALL my pencils sharpen without breaking. No, I’m not being paid for this blog post, but I do believe in promoting a worthwhile tool for cp artists, and this is a beauty!


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  1. Glad to hear of it Richard 🙂 I think this is why i never have any breakages the electric sharpener does the trick ! less stress on the leads 🙂 and different in the way the blade actually cuts the pencils i hear 🙂

  2. Sorry i meant to ask does this sharpener also sharpen the derwent coloursofts? I have an issue with mine, as these are thicker pencils they wont fit into my sharpener …

  3. Gillian says:

    I have a Jakar electric sharopener and can’t imagine how I managed without it now! Prismas are a pain for breaking, aren’t they.

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