The Rolls Royce of Pencil Sharpeners

I first heard about the ELM V-71 a few years ago. The person who told me about it has more knowledge about sharpeners than anyone else I know ..and he called the V-71 the Rolls Royce of sharpeners.

ELM V71 (Image from 东莞八束易之美五金塑胶制品有限公司)

It’s an electric burr/cylindrical sharpener. Not exactly a very cheap one either – if you want to get one in Europe it will set you back around $150, but you’d probably have to import it yourself as I haven’t seen it for sale in the West. If you are trying to get one: most pages where I’ve seen it being offered are from Singapore.

ELM V5 (Image from 东莞八束易之美五金塑胶制品有限公司)

ELM (Dongguan Yatsuka Yizhimei Metal & Plastic Co.) also offers cheaper, battery operated burr/cylindrical sharpeners – a very different class to the normal battery operated sharpeners you can get, but also more expensive. The ELM V-3 and the ELM V-5 are about $30 each. Maybe we’re lucky and one day someone will import them. I am very tempted to order one, but haven’t done so yet. Maybe writing this blog post can convince me to press the Buy button after all. I think it will.

In the West you might have come across products from this manufacturer under the ACCO brand (one of their electric staplers).

Why do I write about this?

It looks as if it will soon be much easier to get your hands on the V71.

Caran d’Ache electric sharpener (Image ©

At the Paper World Gunther saw a new Caran d’Ache sharpener that will be available from September for €100. When I saw the pictures I first didn’t notice it, I hadn’t looked at the V71 for many months, but when I saw the ELM V71 again online I noticed that it seems to be the same sharpener. The inside might be different of course, better or worse, but there’s a good chance that this is the Rolls Royce of sharpeners after all.

Caran d’Ache electric sharpener (Image ©

I would like to thank Gunther from Lexikaliker for allowing me to use his pictures.

The pictures of the ELM sharpeners have been taken from websites linked to Dongguan Yatsuka Yizhimei Metal & Plastic Co. I believe that the use of the images shown in this blog post, falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

8 thoughts on “The Rolls Royce of Pencil Sharpeners”

  1. Hi Sola,
    thanks for your comment.
    It is nice that CdA will make it easier to get this sharpener. I assume the inside is not only similar, but the same, but we will see..
    As far as I know both, the V-71 and the CdA take pencils up to 12mm.

  2. Woo, that looks enticing! This may sound ridiculous, but I did not realize sharpeners are not one size fits all until Heloise started school. Perhaps it will make it to someone’s Christmas list 😉

  3. It’s similar for me. I saw that there are adjustable sharpeners but most of the pencils I use are the normal size, so it never made a difference for me.
    Hmm, that sounds like a nice Christmas list.

  4. Justin Levitt

    Wow this looks like an incredible electric pencil sharpener to use! I wish I could afford one of these. I still have an old manual hand cranked device that I’ve had ever since I can remember. I think it might be time for me to upgrade! such an exciting prospect 🙂

  5. My ELM V-28 which is 29 years old appears to have died.I use it all the time…it has been fantastic. How can I best replace the equivalent model successfully? I live in Australia. The motor still goes…can I get it repaired?

  6. Did your model look similar?
    I assume it can be repaired, but finding someone with the right skills might be difficult. You should be able to find a new one in a Chinese marketplace site that sells to Australia.

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