The product felt cheap, made of all plastic - but that is where it ends in terms of the downside, which is not much considering the price. I have many pencil sharpeners in the house, and pile of blunt pencils. Seriously, those cheap and freebies sharpeners are next to useless - they keep on breaking the lead on some of the pencils the point where we gave up sharpening them. This sharpener changed everything, no matter what i throw at it, the pencil came out sharp and clean. Highly recommended.