This is one of the most common sharpener related question I get, and I hope this blog post will help answer that. Let’s start off with a short Pro/Con list between the Masterpiece and Blackwing Long Point.
- Longer point
- Removable automatic break, allowing the user to expose as much graphite as desired
- Smaller size
- No pencil shaving reservoir
- Price – $14.95
Blackwing Long Point Sharpener
- Pencil shaving reservoir helps reduce mess
- Large size makes it easy to hold
- Automatic stop prevents over-sharpening
- Price – $7.50
- Long point not quite as long as Masterpiece
Which sharpener is right for you?
That really depends on what you are using it for as well as where you are using it. For someone who is on the go and sharpening for regular use, I would recommend the Blackwing Long Point Sharpener, as it has a shaving reservoir which can help prevent messes. For someone who is just looking for a solid sharpener without the bells and whistles, the Blackwing Long Point will get you a nice long point great for everyday writing and sketching.
For those who may have a more specialized use for their pencils, the Masterpiece offers a nice option of a removable automatic break. This allows the user to sharpen more wood on the first hole, exposing more graphite. This is great for artists who are looking to expose more graphite to get larger pencil strokes for shading and extended writing. The lack of a pencil shaving reservoir makes this sharpener better suited at a desk rather than on the go.
If you are still stuck trying to decide between sharpeners, go ahead and give us a call or shoot me an email, and I’ll be happy to talk about your specific needs and see what fits best. Send an email to Nick [at] Pencils.com and let’s talk sharpeners!