I've never reviewed an eraser before. In fact, there aren't even all that many eraser reviews out there. The lowly eraser, an essential tool if you write with a pencil, often receives relatively little acknowledgement. Well, that is about to change - at least in this post. Several months ago, I received a Pentel School Essentials pack from a giveaway at Tiger Pens Blog. Included in the kit was a Pentel Hi-Polymer eraser. Having never reviewed an eraser before, I wasn't prepared to review it then, but I was curious to see how it would perform in comparison with other erasers. Hence, this review - in which I compare three common plastic erasers: the aforementioned Pentel Hi-Polymer, the Staedtler Mars Plastic, and a Staples brand eraser.
|Here they are! Exciting, yes? Okay, maybe not so much.|
Taken out of the plastic sleeve, the Mars Plastic is imprinted on the top and bottom with the Staedtler logo, a nice touch that allows the company to set their branding on the eraser even when it is separated from its sleeve (at least until the eraser itself is worn down). The other two erasers are plain. The Hi-Polymer has a slightly smoother texture than the others, while the Staples eraser feels slightly stiffer and not as soft as the others. The Hi-Polymer is probably the softest of the three, but only by a very small margin over the Mars Plastic.
Now, let's put these erasers to work!
|This takes me right back to my days in physics class, and brushing the eraser crumbs off my desk until the ground around me was littered with them. (And for the curious, the pencil I used in this review was a Staedtler Norica HB.)|
Overall, I would say the Pentel Hi-Polymer is the best of the three erasers I reviewed here today, although both it and the Staedtler Mars Plastic are great erasers, and either one would be an excellent choice. The Staples brand eraser, although it would probably be acceptable in most situations, is not as enjoyable to use and does not erase as cleanly as the other erasers. I would not recommend it if you could buy a better eraser (i.e., the Hi-Polymer or Mars Plastic) instead.
Will there be more eraser reviews here in the future? This one was fun to do, and erasers are fairly cheap, so there may well be more. Are there any other erasers that you would like to see me review?
Related reviews for Pentel Hi-Polymer: pensandmore, The Writing Utensil Geek, Lung Sketching Scrolls (this review includes a great comparison!), Little Flower Petals
Related reviews for Staedtler Mars Plastic: The Pen-Guin, Dave's Mechanical Pencils, Pencil Talk (this review also includes a detailed comparison with a number of other types of erasers)