Is this the ultimate sharpener? At first glance it looks like a pretty ordinary double hole sharpener, but it's not. It's designed to give you a very long, sharp point, in two stages, by firstly stripping the wood away from the lead (hole number 1) and then by honing the resulting stick of lead to a needle-sharp 8° point (hole number 2).
It has a further trick up its sleeve in that if you slide off the blue plastic end-stop (careful - sharp edges!) you can then continue sharpening in hole 2 to expose ever-longer pencil cores.
Constructed from magnesium, the Masterpiece is supplied with two spare blades tucked into the plastic end casing, so when the originals wear out, you can swap the two blades over for longer life (which means thousands of sharpenings with normal pencils). The blades are very hard high-carbon steel, much harder than good kitchen knives, so the sharpener will last for a very long time.
For best results use good quality wood-case pencils.
Kum, based in Erlangen, Germany, have been making some of the best pencil sharpeners in the world since 1919. They make a vast selection of different sharpeners, from the simplest block sharpeners in brass or magnesium alloys, to the wonderful Automatic Long Point sharpener that sharpens wood and lead in separate stages to give a long, narrow point.
They all feature KUM’s excellent quality high-carbon steel blades, which are made to be slightly curved so they act like a spring, maintaining a constant pressure on the screw, and keeping the blade firmly in place.
They also make oustanding paint brushes, with their factory retaining the only active Golden Master Brushmaker in the world, a distinction that requires 45 years' experience of making brushes!
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