Successor to One of Acme United’s Best Selling Products Wins Design Award

Acme United (ACU – $18.15) won a GOOD DESIGN award for its new iPoint Orbit electric pencil sharpener.

The latest member of the iPoint family generates strong customer response and a lot of retail excitement. It’s already available at Costco, and will soon be on the shelves of several major retailers. Just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Orbit is the successor of the popular iPoint electric pencil sharpener line. Since 2006, when the first iPoint was launched, it has been one of Acme United’s best selling products. In 2013, for example, the sharpener’s revenues reached approximately $11 million. Knowing that Acme’s total sales in 2013 were $89 million, it’s clear what an impact the product has.

Award Winning iPoint Family

GOOD DESIGN is an award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design and is one of the oldest and most important design competitions worldwide. This year the Museum again received hundreds of submissions from over 40 countries. Recipients of the award included Apple, Hewlett Packard, BMW, and… Acme United.

Back in 2006, Acme’s original iPoint battery powered pencil sharpener immediately won a GOOD DESIGN award. And in 2010, another member of the iPoint family, the Evolution, achieved the same feat.

Long gone are the days where a product merely had to work for it to sell well. Nowadays, consumers have an almost endless choice of impeccable working products. As a result, manufacturers need to go the extra mile to produce outstanding items that have additional features and a fabulous design.

The Orbit features titanium bonded blades that stay sharp three times longer than competitive products, an auto sensor shut off that cuts off power once the pencil is at the perfect point and an EZ view savings reservoir that allows to see when the shavings reservoir is full.


The iPoint has truly become an iconic product in its category that brings a sense of style to any office desk. It combines excellent performance with an attractive design and has taken an everyday product to a new level.

This is proven with outstanding sales numbers year after year, making it one of Acme’s single best selling products. Advice: BuyPrice Target: $59.86Latest Company Report (pdf)
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