Originally Posted by stamphappy1650
Since I started using a $10 electric pencil sharpener I have very few broken leads. It has never "over heated when sharpeing several pencils at a time. In a pinch, I'll use the silver metal pencil sharpener.
If you have the Prisma pencil sharpener, throw it away! It broke way too many leads.
When sharpening by hand, you can twist to hard and torque the pencil to the degree where you shred the wood and break the lead.
One thing I love about forums is seeing everyones experiences and how they differ from person to person. I tried two different electric sharpeners and all I got was chewed up pencils. I ended up just sharpening all of mine by hand with the little silver sharpener that came in the package. It's the best thing I've found. You do great with electrics and I've read in pencil art forums where people just rave about the bullet shaped sharpener from Prismacolor.