You may recall a few posts back I commented on the non-quality of my Home Despot pencil sharpener. Sure, it's really meant to sharpen carpenter pencils, so I suppose I can excuse its performance on regular pencils. But I'd really like a decent sharpener for the workbench.
I have a Panasonic electric sharpener, but even that falls short for me. I grew up using manual sharpeners and, when I learned drafting, I used rotary pencil pointers. I don't think those manual devices can be topped.
So I solved the problem. I bought a few classic pencil sharpeners. They actually came together in one bunch, so I have some to play with.
Like most of the older junk I accumulate, this sharpener needs some attention. It's a bit tarnished, and it's hard to turn. You can't actually sharpen a pencil with it, which presents a problem!
You can see how clogged up the blades are. I'm sure that's why it's not working. So let's fix it!
They unscrew easily.
You can see the simple brilliance of this design. It's a set of planetary gears that the crank turns, which are part of the blades. So turning the crank directly turns the blades. Not much to go wrong with it.
The handle simply unscrews from the center rod which runs though the chassis/blade frame. I just put it in a vise and removed the crank.
I also wanted to clean the degreaser off the parts as well. So I soaked those parts in a jar with some naptha for a few hours.
You can see the color of the naptha at the bottom of the jar - it turned grey and had black particles in it. I wound up flushing the parts with naptha three times until the naptha stopped changing color.
Next time - sharpening the blades and reassembly of the sharpener!