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Hi You Very Talented and Knowledgeable People,

Today I had a be nice to me day. I bought the 130 Prisma Colored Pencil Set. My question is what is the best way to sharpen them. Can I use an electric pencil sharpener? I tried using the Prisma pencil sharpener but I was still dealing with broken points.

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I use an electric sharperner on mine. Some tips will break if the leads are broken inside the pencil. I had one that I could not sharpen but most of the others worked just fine. They do recommend their sharpener but I broke the rules and used my electric with no problems.
Gina K. said:
I use an electric sharperner on mine. Some tips will break if the leads are broken inside the pencil. I had one that I could not sharpen but most of the others worked just fine. They do recommend their sharpener but I broke the rules and used my electric with no problems.

Are broken leads common with The Prisma Pencils? The first set of 36 I purchased had to be returned because of broken leads
I've used both a small Prisma sharpener and an electric one.......my package of Prismas had a couple broken leads and once they break it's usually all the way thru the entire pencil. But I do love them!! If the point breaks off and it's fairly large then I'll use that as much as I can so as ot to waste it!! LOL

Oh and COOL for treating yourself to a special gift!!!!
That is what bothers me about Prisma pencils, is the broken lead problem. I asked Gina the same question not long ago and I tried sharpening with an electric one now, and so far, MUCH better! Thanks Gina for that advice!!

I only bought the 48 counts, and have been wishing I had bought the bigger set now, lol!
I had the Prisma pencil sharpener and ended up giving it to my daughter. I now use the Stampin Up pencil sharpener and have not had any problems.
congratulations on treating yourself! I don't think I've had many problems with broken leads and use the one that came with my prismacolor pencils. I did notice when I take my time and not pushing the pencil too far in I tend to get better results.
I did start using the electric pencil sharpener and found that if I do not push in too hard, I am fine.

Thanks for the advice!
Louise
I started using the electric pencil sharpener and it has worked out great

Thank You!
Louise
I have been dealing with this as well. I have NOT used an electric sharpener yet but only because I do not have one. I have their sharpener and it almost always breaks my tips. It annoys me really, those pencils are not cheap and I hate wasting so much of them trying to get them sharpened. I have an Estee Lauder eyeliner sharpener and it works so much better. Just be sure not to use if for your eyeliner anymore. lol


Tonya
I too have found that the electric pencil sharpener works the best.
I bought my first set of Prisma's from the USA last year - must be 8 or 9 months ago now. In the UK a set of artist quality pencils like this is quite an expensive purchase. At the the time our £ was strong against the US $ so buying from the US was far cheaper for me as the price in the States was, after converting the money about half what I would pay here and shipping only added a small amount on to that.

Anyhow I guess you can imagine how excited I was when my tin of 36 pencils arrived about 8 or 9 days later, but oh the shock when I discovered they were not pre-sharpened by the manufacturer! However no worries - I had invested in a Prisma sharpen too, figured if I was going to spend all that money on good pencils I should buy the recommended sharpener. So I started to sharpen - first couple of pencils all was good - then I broke one - eeeek - I was horrified at just how much of the colour core I had lost. Carried on and sharpened some more, and by the time I had sharpened about 10 of them I had managed to break 3 - and of those 3 one had broken twice - not good! However a good friend of mine was online in MSN messenger and he said to me I bet you are just too excited about your new pencils, you need to take a deep breath and calm down because you are probably over sharpening them. Well he was right. Once I calmed down I didn't break any more pencils, so now when I need to sharpen them I am very careful to only sharpen a little bit, stop and check the point then sharpen a little more carefully if it needs it. So far I have not broken another pencil.
Oh good...I'm glad you asked this. I have some coming in the mail that I ordered. I ended up getting the set of 24 and then I ordered the new colors for 2005 and 2006 12 set each. I can't wait!!! I'm so excited!

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