My kids have lost so many pencil sharpeners and are constantly asking me to purchase more for home. It never fails when it's time for homework, there's always pencils but none are ever sharpened. This sharpener is a must-have at home ( or at school). It's compact & lightweight yet very sturdy. It doesn't take up much space so it fits nicely on the desk. It uses 4 AA batteries which are easy to install. This sharpener works really nicely. The stainless steel blade trims the pencils and makes a really nice tip. We have sharpened pencils and colored pencils using this sharpener. They can't use the excuse that they have no sharpened pencils when doing homework. My son loves to sharpen his pencils using this sharpener. Highly recommend!! I received this sharpener in return for my unbiased review. You can check out more about ImiKas Battery Operated Pencil Sharpener @ http://www.amazon.com/Pencil-Sharpener-Battery-Operated-sharpener/dp/B01105GD3G/ref=sr_1_206?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&sr=1-206&keywords=pencil+sharpener.