You know you’re a pencil nerd when you think to yourself, “How well do black erasers perform?” And then you think, “I’ll test them with all BLACK pencils!” Yep, that’s how I think.
So, which erasers did I put into my black eraser head-to-head? The classic Papermate Black Pearl (2-pack for $2.39), the Uni Boxy ($1.40 each) and the Pentel Ain hi-polymer (2-pack for $2). And the pencils? A Palomino Blackwing ($21.95/dozen), General’s Layout Extra Back ($5.40/dozen), and a Mirado Black Warrior ($2.99/dozen).
Let the scribbling begin!
And then I started to erase. I left the eraser dust in the photo because it was interesting to see how each eraser dust was different. The Black Pearl is the least crumbly and the Pentel Ain was the most crumbly with lots of small bits. The Uni Boxy was crumbly but the pieces were bigger than the Ain.
Once the eraser dust is cleared away, the results were quite varied. The Ain worked great with the Mirado Black Warrior but was not as successful with the General’s Layout. The Palomino lays down such dark soft lines that none of the erasers did particularly well with the wide swaths of erasing. And the Black Pearl wasn’t a super performer with all the pencil tested here but its the least messy and easy to find at local US big box stores.
in the end, the black erasers are nice to look at and I love the “worry stone” feel of the Black Pearl but if what you really want is clean, complete erasing you want a Staedtler Mars Plastic eraser. It really is the premium eraser.
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You are missing out on this black eraser: http://www.nanamipaper.com/products/black-eraser-matomarukun-3-pack.html. It’s my favorite. I have the Staedtler Mars and I think they erase about the same, but something about the Matomarukun is just fantastic. I feel silly gushing about an eraser, but I do love them.
“A” you are so right! I bought that eraser earlier this year and it is really amazing. I remember when plastic erasers replaced the pink pearl, and how good that was… but the matomarukun eraser. Try one! It cleanly erases without wearing on paper and leaves soft strands of eraser that are easy to pick up.