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Panasonic KP380-BK Classic Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black, One Unit
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Panasonic KP380-BK Classic Electric Pencil Sharpener, Black, One Unit

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This hardened steel cutter blade promises a perfect 16-degree point. Auto-Stop™ saves time and prevents pencil waste while the non-skid suction cup feet help avoid desktop falls. Semi-transparent receptacle displays pencil shavings. Powered by a heavy-duty, sealed motor.


Electric sharpener with steel cutting wheel. Auto-StopTM prevents pencil waste and suction cup feet keep the sharpener secure.

Steel cutting wheel never needs sharpening and promises a perfect 16-degree point.

Auto-Stop(TM) prevents pencil waste.

Large semi-transparent shavings receptacle.

Suction cup feet.

Heavy duty motor for years of long life

Product Details:
Product Weight: 0.06 pounds
Package Length: 9.5 inches
Package Width: 5.1 inches
Package Height: 4.3 inches
Package Weight: 2.3 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 143 reviews
Customer Reviews:
Average Customer Review: 4.0 ( 143 customer reviews )
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96 of 96 found the following review helpful:

5Great Panasonic Pencil Sharpener!Aug 23, 2007
By A. Moore
I had originally purchased a cheap electric pencil sharpener and was frustrated with its lack of performance. I finally "bit the bullet" and spent the big bucks for one that received excellent reviews. I couldn't believe a simple pencil sharpener could be worth that much money, but I am soooo happy with it that I don't begrudge the cost any longer. It sharpens quickly, perfectly every time. It doesn't stop when sharpening is completed, but you can hear the sound change and know it's done. I highly recommend this product and would definitely purchase it again. I can't believe I got so excited over how well a pencil sharpener works! Few things today seem to have superior performance, so our expectations and standards are lower. Not so with the Panasonic pencil sharpener; it's a great product.

73 of 73 found the following review helpful:

5Pencil SharpenerNov 29, 2006
By Pencil User
I am no expert but I found this to be the best sharpener I have used. This is my second purchase. I have found the points to be perfect and the auto stop to be very helpful in not over sharpening.

47 of 47 found the following review helpful:

5Fantastic Electric Pencil SharpenerJan 03, 2008
By J. Parke
This is the quality pencil sharpener I've been looking for. I've purchased and returned two others but I'm definitely keeping this one. The other sharpeners were noisy, had weak motors, cut slowly and were just plain awkward to use, but the Panasonic KP-380 is a fantastic product.

This sharpener is quiet, powerful and has sharp blades that cut smoothly and quickly. The blades automatically pull away from the pencil when sharpening is complete. The shavings container is of adequate size. There are three small rubber suction cups on the bottom that hold the sharpener firmly in place. Five stars.

44 of 47 found the following review helpful:

3Is there nothing better?Jun 16, 2008
By Pete Matthews, Jr.
This sharpener replaced a KP-410 that suffered sudden death a few weeks ago. [See my review under Panasonic KP-410A.]

The KP-380 sharpens quite round, unlike many other models.

It is powerful enough to occasionally grab the pencil and twist it out of my grasp. I suspect this is when it tucks into some imperfection in the wood near the point. It does tend to chip out such imperfections more than other sharpeners.

On the other hand, it is not difficult to stop the machine by pressing in too hard, which never happened with the KP-410. (Maybe I should not be holding the machine down with the other hand.) This leads me to expect that the KP-380 will wear out soon. Stopping a powered motor is very bad for it. On the other hand, the last 5-10 years of my 40-year Panasonic, which never actually died, were like that. The form factors of that oldie and the KP-380 are similar, and I had better hopes.

Other reviewers have commented that bad sharpeners break the leads. So far, the KP-380 seems better on that than the KP-410 (and my oldie when I replaced it).

The KP-380 motor continues to run when the auto-stop kicks in, which I don't remember from other models. The auto-stop must be mechanical, driven by the point.

So, maybe 3 stars is a little low. But I'd like to be more confident of the machine. I would think that somebody could come out with a sharpener that would last a solid 5 years grinding a few dozen pencils a week to near-perfect round, without anomalies such as grabbing the pencil, chipping the wood, halting in mid-grind, or breaking the leads inside the pencil. Panasonic made one in 1966.

[I did try a decent iPoint, but it had a goofy AC adapter that required a specific orientation.]

Update 9-1-2008: most jams seem to be the result of inserting the pencil quickly. With patience, this model seems fine.
Update 2-12-2010: still going strong - raising my rating from 3 to 4 stars.
Update 8-11-2012: still going, works OK for me, but routinely jams for my wife. I have strong hands, can grasp the pencil firmly, insert firmly (but not too firm), and yank it out quickly if it does jam. My wife basically cannot get the machine to work. I expect it would jam for kids, too. Maybe this is why Panasonic only has a $150 model on the market any more. Back to three stars. [I tried Westcott Titanium iPoint Pencil Sharpener, Electric, Auto Sensor Shut Off (14875)- Black from Costco, no good.]

27 of 27 found the following review helpful:

5Teacher sharpener of the year!Jul 27, 2008
By Laura K. Bronchetti
This sharpener is wonderful for a busy classroom. I am a teacher and I went through 4 sharpeners before using this one. This was the best one by far. It sharpened the pencils thoroughly and stopped when it was finished to prevent over-sharpening by my students. It never broke and it was used constantly throughout the day. I will only buy this model in the future when and if this one breaks!

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