KUM, whose name is an acronym for “Kunstoff (plastic) und Metall (metal),” the two materials used to create their sharpeners, is a family owned company that has been making pencil sharpeners since 1920. Located in Erlangen, Germany, Bavaria’s famous pencil-producing region, KUM is the world’s premier manufacturer of handheld pencil sharpeners.

Using a 14-step proprietary process, KUM crafts sharpening blades that are consistent, reliable and without peer. These high-quality sharpening blades, coupled with KUM’s attention to creative design have made KUM the leaders in the science of pencil sharpening.

The Palomino-KUM and Blackwing long point pencil sharpeners, both manufactured by KUM exclusively for Palomino, sharpen pencils using a unique two step process that sharpens the wood first and then sharpens the exposed graphite core to a fine, long point. Products like KUM’s Correc-Tri sharpener, metallic box sharpener and Correc-Stick eraser further exemplify KUM’s tradition of quality and innovation, as do all of the KUM products available on




“What makes the KUM model different from some of the others I have tried is the smoothness and ease of sharpening, and the perfectly-designed hole that keeps the leads both centered and safe during sharpening.”

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“It works like a charm and I have not ruined any more pencils by using an inferior sharpener.”


“This little sharpener is top quality, made with precision in Germany, and easy to hold & use.”