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I bought this pencil sharpener for myself, although I know that mainly people generally buy it as a humorous gift at Christmas or for birthdays. The sharpener is exactly what it looks like, a pencil sharpener when the pencil appears to go into a cat's.. well... you can see for yourself.
It is made of solid plastic which appears to be pretty robust. It has spent the past year in my pencil case where I take to to and from sixth from each day in a bag and it hasn't suffered a crack yet. It has both a black and white variant to suit your or the intended user's taste.
It sharpens pencils as well as any other sharpener, however I have found that if you span the lead inside the "cat", it is pretty difficult to get it out and you cannot sharpen again until it is out as the pencil will not make contact with the blade. But this is pretty rare.
Whenever I use it it never fails to get a laugh. I even took it into an examination and saw the invigilator smirk as she passed me.
I got this cat-shaped pencil sharpener as a fun present for my daughter. The cat stands on a removable litter tray and you insert the pencil into its bottom. As you sharpen your pencil the cat meows. We were in hysterics when we heard it, but both of my cats got really upset and clearly thought that a strange, angry cat was in the house! My daughter took it into her school and it had everyone laughing and asking where they could buy it. We have stocked up on several cats and dogs (the dog woofs) as extra little presents for people's birthdays.
With my boyfriend currently in the middle of his PGCE teacher training course, the desk in my bedroom has become covered with paperwork and stationary . We began to have a bit of an issue with all this chaos recently, as try as we might, we just could not locate our small metal pencil sharpener .
We decided something larger and harder to lose was in order, and started shopping around online - initially after one of those larger, battery operated sharpeners that are available . However, when I happened to see this online, I fell in love with the idea instantly, and so we ended up with the Sharp-End (see what they did there?) sharpener .
It is designed to look like a cat - the cat is standing in a rather tense position, with his tail rigidly upright in the air, and his front legs angled back as though he wants to escape . His facial expression , which is simply etched into the white plastic rather than painted on, is wide eyed - perhaps with shock, horror , or fear. And this poor pussy has reason to be fearful ! A quick glance at this kitty reveals an opening in his backside, through which you insert your pencil to be sharpened!
The cat comes with a litter tray for it to stand in, which is very handy as it collects all the shavings . The biggest joy with this sharpener (and one I actually was not aware of before buying this) is that the insertion of a pencil into this poor animals rear results in a very indignant sounding 'Meow!'. This makes the whole experience a little more amusing.
Now, I would never dream of shoving anything up the backside of a real cat - in fact, I have two of my own, that I love very much. I have had to take them to the vets, where they had temperatures taken , via a rectal thermometer, and I have to say the meow hits exactly the right tone of anger and shock.
The sharpener actually sharpens very well . I did have some slight concerns that this sharpener might have lost some of it's functionality in order to accomodate the cunning design and the little internal sound chip, but not so. It does the job just as well as any sharpener I've used. This is a manual sharpener rather than battery operated, so you do need to turn the pencil yourself.
Overall, I think this was a very amusing little novelty buy - and would make an excellent little stocking filler for any cat lover , or indeed hater. At around £6.99 online, and very widely available, I very much recommend it! 5 stars
In the run up to Christmas, shoppers are frantically searching for the perfect gift for family. Invariably, some poor unsuspecting soul will end up with a gadget they clearly don't need or want. I always get narked when people waste money on stupid presents, like a moneybank that plays a song each time you insert a coin, I mean what IS the point? Some novelty presents are better than others and here is an intriguing little number.
Guaranteed to excite cat lovers and thrill those with a dirty sense of humour for a few minutes, this is a pencil sharpener in the shape of a cat. So far, so good. But I should mention that you have to insert your pencil into the cat's bottom in order to sharpen your pencil. There is something quite hilarious and also quite wrong about it, but it tickled me. The cat has been moulded in a satisfying way too, with an arched back and tail, allowing you maximum satisfaction when shoving your pencil in!
The best bit is, when your pencil is inside the cat, it will let out a soft miaow, as if to say 'no, please don't do that' or perhaps he is saying 'oh yes, that's rather nice.' I shall leave that bit up to you to decide. It will cause ripples of laughter for a few moments until the novelty wears off, but the bonus is, the toy has longevity, in that you can return to it to sharpen pencils whenever you need to, so it isn't entirely pointless.
The idea of the cat got me wondering if other creatures exist in the range. I await the panda and the meercat! It will cost you about six pounds to buy as new and would make an amusing stocking filler.
One of my talents (or at least I like to think I am talented at it) is drawing and my family and friend regularly get me little bits and pieces like artists pencils and the likes for little pressies.
My most recent gift came from my daughter who has a real sense of fun as this particular gift would show.
The gift in question is a Sharp-end Cat Pencil Sharpener, which is basically a pencil sharpener in the shape of a cat.
The cheeky and fun part of this is the fact that you stick the pencil up the cats butt to sharpen it, it looks quite rude but it doesn't end there, the cat meows as you enter the pencil and I cannot help but giggle every time.
As a sharpener it works well but the actual blade of the sharpener is in the middle of the cat so you need to shove the pencil quite far in so no use for short pencils, the shavings fall from the cats belly when you sharpen the pencil, you can do this over the plastic tray that comes for the cat to sit on so no need for picking them up just tip the tray straight in the bin.
My daughter let me know where she got this and how much it cost for the purpose of my review; it came from a site called firebox.com and cost £6.99, a bit expensive for a pencil sharpener but this one is so cool I think it`s worth it.
I got this 'Sharp-end Cat Pencil Sharpener' for Christmas, much to the dismay of my mother who doesn't like it (she thinks its rude)
The pencil sharpener is just that - a pencil sharpener, but it happens to come fixed into a cute, innocent looking cat! You can get the cat pencil sharpener in two different colours, black or white, and it is made of hard plastic. I really like the design of the cat, it looks so clean and minimalist. It is made of one solid colour and I think it looks really stylish, though it is not so stylish when you think about how you use it to sharpen your pencils!
The pencil sharpener is around 15cm long and about 20cm tall (including the tall tail which sticks up) The cat comes with a white plastic tray to stand in so that it catches your pencil sharpenings as they fall, meaning that your desk is kept neat and tidy and you can easily empty the pencil sharpenings into the bin.
To sharpen the pencil, you basically insert your pencil or crayon into the cats bum.. to make things even more comical the cat miaows when you insert the pencil. The battery for the cat is included when you buy it and is already in place in the cat. I expect that the cat won't guzzle up the battery very quickly unless you do a lot of pencil sharpening! I don't think the battery is replaceable since I cannot see anyway of opening up the cat to replace the battery, the whole thing is sealed round.
The pencil sharpening fall out of the cats tummy, but the actual sharpener is placed quite far up into the cat which makes a little tricky to brush the sharpenings out of the pencil sharpener if it gets clogged up. You also have to insert you pencil quite far into the sharpener as it is placed in the middle of the cat, so if you have a really short pencil you won't be able to sharpen it very easily.
The sharpenings from the pencil have rubbed a little against the plastic tray I have which sits under the cat, leaving some marks on it, but the tray is really easy to wipe clean so the sharpenings haven't discoloured the plastic.
I have seen this online for £6.99 from iwoot.com and firebox.com. The pencil sharpener is now also available in the shape of a dog which only comes in white. I presume that it will make a barking noise when you insert your pencil. I like this pencil sharpener. I think it is a fun, novelty item which is also very handy. I always seem to lose pencil sharpeners but I don't think I will have any problems with losing this one since it is quite large and looks very cool sitting on my desk!
Once you insert the pencil and sharpen, the cat lets out an indignant meow and the shavings fall neatly into the included litter tray. Purr-fect!