Colored Pencil Sharpeners
Really you can never have enough sharpeners! They are easy to lose and they do wear out if you are coloring often. A great tip to keep the blades sharp is to occasionally “clean” the blades by sharpening regular graphite pencils with your colored pencil sharpener.
Kum Sharpeners – The BEST Pencil Sharpener
The biggest bang for your buck is the German-made KUM sharpeners. There are a few varieties but this little metal guy is a workhorse. You can find them anywhere you see fine art supplies.
Kum Sharpener If you have any 2-hole sharpeners and use just one side of this sharpener you can save a little cash by switching the blades to the size you use most often. Click to Order Amazon US, Europe UK or Canada at Blicks Art Supply
Staedtler Pencil Sharpeners
Staedtler double hole colored pencil sharpener – a great tip shared by Peta Hewitt in one of her videos is to get double duty out of these types of sharpeners. You mainly use the smaller hole so when that blade starts to get dull, simply switch the blades. That way you get double the amount of use out of the sharpener. That would work with the Kum Sharpeners as well. BLICKS Art Supply
Prismacolor Pencil Sharpener – works well on… you guessed it Prismacolor Colored Pencils. For the life of me I can’t get this to open so I can’t empty it… it’s not one I use at all. The Kum brand works just as
well better for your Prismas.
Prismacolor Sharpener + two blending pencils
I have all of these and keep them in different spots where I like to color. Another tip is to sharpen a regular #2 pencil with them every couple of weeks to clean off the wax and the oily buildup from the blades. The Kum Sharpeners also let you change out the dull blades for new ones.