Asked • 08/06/19

Sharpener for Pastel and Charcoal Pencils?

I'm having a big issue sharpening pastel and charcoal pencils. I've tried using a traditional pencil sharpener on pastel pencils but the lead keeps breaking.I've also tried using a razorblade and exactoknife on the charcoal pencil but this leads to really uneven lead.Is there a pencil sharpener made for pencils with brittle leads like these?Note: I'm using Conte a Paris pastel pencils and general's charcoal pencils if that helps.

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Mason R. answered • 10/17/19

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