I have had a tough time with electric pencil sharpeners. A year ago, I had back to back sharpeners burn out on me. When it did work, the students would complain that it was only partially sharp, or they would break with their first stroke of the pencil.
This year, we didn't go through a whole lot, however, I had students waste time, because they wanted to use their lead pencils or their personal pencil sharpeners.
Well. I don't know why I waited so long to try this wonderful tool. I was sent a Groovy Green pencil sharpener, from Troy Decoff of Classroom Friendly Supplies to try out, and... guess what? I finally found the only sharpener I will ever use in the classroom. No more motor burn out, no time wasted with refilling of lead pencils, gone are the days of sharpening with a "little cute panda bear" pencil sharpener.
I decided to get "The World's Best Pencil" Ticonderoga and test it out. You can see it is so amazingly sharp, and ready for use.
This sharpener is quiet and easy to use. (It is, virtually green, since it's a manual crank) I'll be using it to stock up on my sharp pencil basket when we start up again this August.
If you get one it will be one of the best classroom tools you invest in.