Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Noteworthy Erasers



Did you know that Eberhard Faber was the first company to put erasers on the back of pencils?

If the eraser on the back of your pencil isn’t sufficient or if you have the habit of fiddling with them until they break off like I do, there are an endless number of options to replace them.

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This is one option, although it doesn’t always work out as planned.

Before rubber erasers, tablets of rubber or wax were used to erase lead or charcoal marks from paper. Bits of rough stone such as sandstone or pumice were used to remove small errors from parchment or papyrus documents written in ink. – per Wiki


Most people are familiar with the Pink Pearl eraser by its shape, texture, color and smell. Its distinctive sent comes from the addition of pumice, volcanic ash from Italy. The pumice also allows the eraser to easily remove pencil markings while maintaining a soft texture.


The stylized word “Artgum” was first used in 1903 and trademarked in the USA in 1907. These erasers are very soft yet and crumble as they are used. Art Gum erasers are especially suited for cleaning large areas.


Kneaded erasers are a common artist tool as they can be pulled into a point for erasing small areas. They can also be used in a “blotting” manner to lighten lines or shading without completely erasing them.

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4 thoughts on “Noteworthy Erasers

  1. I recall a particular Japanese-made style of pencil eraser, forty and more years ago which I haven’t seen since.

    t was a small block of almost transparent, brightly-colored plastic, about the size of a paper match folder, with the product labeling printed on the surface in crisp white letters.

    Erasure was quick and clean, producing an easily-managed thread of waste plastic and spotless undamaged paper.

    A remarkable feature was the very pleasant scent each one carried. If I could find them today, I’d buy them again just for fun.

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