Unfortunately for me, when the sharpener arrived I needed to be heading right out the door to pick my mother up at the airport. I couldn't resist opening that package, and needless to say, I ended being almost an hour late getting to the airport. Why was I late? That would definitely be because I had opened my "junk drawer" in the kitchen, and went to town sharpening any and all pencils that I could get my hands on. I have never used a manual sharpener that cranked so easily, or quietly! I also love the feature of the sharpener that holds the pencil perfectly in place and feeds it into the sharpener itself as you crank. That feature will be excellent for students. Even my third graders will stand there at the sharpeners shoving their pencils in as far and hard as they can, and then they wonder why they don't work anymore. The holder/feeder feature will eliminate this problem completely. (That is if I can bear to let a student use it instead of me!) In the words of my 11 year old son, "You are just having way too much fun with that thing Mom!" lol I highly recommend purchasing a sharpener, or two, or three...from Classroom Friendly Supplies. I will definitely be picking up a couple more when we head back to school in September!