Yep.. different strokes for different folks! I didnt want to have to sharpen all of the 120 by hand so I bought a battery operated sharpener. I must have lucked out with a great batch of pencils because I did about 3/4 of them and my batteries started to die.. so I finished off sharpening them by hand. Both ways worked great and I didnt break a SINGLE one! I was amazed!!!