front of the sharpener
The clear middle is actually a compartment that can be pulled out in order to dump the shavings.
If you notice the hole at the bottom, that is where you can put in the clamp (it's included) that way the sharpener is stationary and stable.
side view of sharpener
One of my students sharpening her pencil.
My students fought over this sharpener. Well, not fought in the literal sense, but argued about who was going to use it first. The sharpener takes a little bit of getting use to because it's not like the traditional pencil sharpener, but once you do, it's awesome. It sharpens very well. The lead comes to a very good, sharp point without crumbling lead once my students put the pencil to paper. I would definitely recommend this sharpener:) FYI, I did keep it on my desk that way I could monitor the use of it. As you can see in the first picture, I've already unpacked it to use for the new school year.
The one con I found was that it doesn't come in pink! ;)