Once you get hooked on working with coloured pencils, it won't be long before you find yourself asking how to find a good sharpener. You will soon find that most sharpeners either never do a decent job in the first place or last just a few weeks and need either replacement blades or the total replacement. I found many brands of handheld sharpener that worked very well for a short time. Why does a sharp pencil matter? Quite simply your work will always be better if you keep a sharp point on your pencil. A sharp point fills the tooth of the paper in - a blunt pencil glides over the surface leaving annoying little white dots in your work. A sharp pencil is essential for fine detail - you can only get the detail as fine as your point. Obvious, but true. When l post on Instagram the question l am asked most often (because people see my photos and see the incredible points on my pencils) is, 'what sharpener do you use?'. My answer to this is always the Carl Angel 5. I love this sharpener. I love this sharpener. Did l mention that l love this sharpener? I have already written a blog post about it, but l thought a page here would be easier to find. So why is it so great you want to know? The main thing is that this sharpener puts the longest, finest point on my pencils of any l have ever used. Every time. A point so beautiful you never want to try another sharpener. A point so beautiful l always keep a spare sharpener just in case. I don't want to be without one for even a day! If you read reviews online you will see some people complain there are no instructions about how to use it. Really it is s very simple. (Forget the silly and unnecessary desk clamp it comes with). Simply squeeze the clamps to allow your pencil in, let go and turn the handle until it stops grinding. Now the first time you use it, you will eat a fair chunk of pencil as it puts that beautiful long shape on it. I must admit l was worried it was going to eat through my expensive pencils in no time. But no. After the first sharpen l need only turn the handle a couple of times to bring that fine, fine point back. I sharpen endlessly. I draw all day every day. And l actually enjoy sharpening my pencils with this sharpener. The draw holds a lot of sharpenings, it is days before it needs emptying, this might seem trivial but it is really irritating to have to keep leaving your work to empty a box of shavings. And the draw glides in and out so smoothly, no fiddling around trying to piece compartments back together. l have to tell you that it also sharpens those notoriously difficult to sharpen Prismacolors perfectly. They so rarely break in the Carl Angel 5 that l feel bad to even mention l have had it happen. I wouldn't even touch Prismacolors before because l used to go through half a pencil every time l tried to sharpen one with my hand held sharpener. lf a point does break, (which is so, so unusual) and a sharp tap won't dislodge the point you will need to remove the blade from the unit and try dislodging it, which can be awkward. I usually use the point of a compass. The trickiest part is slotting the blade back in. Sometimes it pops back in first time and sometimes however carefully you line the slots up it doesn't want to go. This is a really minor niggle because there is so rarely a break that l would be really nit picking to mark it down any points over it. Another huge plus for me is the longevity of the sharpener. One of these lasts me for about 18 months to two years before it doesn't get quite the point it used to. I used to pay $7 for the handheld sharpener l used. Which was good (but not as good as this beauty), but the blade lost it sharpness in about 6 weeks. So the extra cost of buying the Carl Angel 5 is more than worth it. Over the lifetime of the sharpener l save massively. This does bring me to my one downside of this product. The replacement blades are more expensive to buy than replacing the entire unit. This does irritate me, from the ridiculousness of it to start with, but mainly from an environmental, waste point of view. It is so very wasteful to replace a whole unit when all l need is the blade. Now when l was reading reviews of this sharpener one of the few negatives l read was that the grips on the sharpener leave little indents in your pencils. Well, they do! But truthfully if you are the person that minds little indents on your pencils, you probably won't be using your pencils because you won't want to wear them down, in which case you won't need a sharpener! What else can l say other than buy two, then when the first one eventually gives up, you won't have to spend even one day without this beautiful tool.