After appearing on the Eraser episode of the Erasable podcast, I decided to fully test all the erasers (and then some) that were in the awesome CW Pencil Enterprise eraser pack as well as some of the erasers that were mentioned on the episode. Some were long time favorites of mine and others were new-to-me goodies so I thought it was time to do a side-by-side comparison.
- Tombow Mono Plastic ($0.90)
- Koh-i-noor Pebble 9-pack ($2.50)
- Koh-i-noor Thermoplastic “Throwing Star” ($1.75)
- Milan 6030 Synthetic Rubber Eraser ($0.40)
- Koh-i-noor Magic Eraser ($2.50)
- Pilot Foam Eraser ($1.65)
- Sakura Foam Eraser ($1.50)
- Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser ($1.44)
- Campus Plastic Eraser (purchased locally at Maker Goods)
- Zebra Colorflight 0.5mm Mechanical Pencil ($5)
- Faber-Castell Grip 2001 HB ($1.75)
- Palomino Blackwing 602 ($22/dozen)
- Caran d’Ache Sketcher Non-Photo Blue ($3)
- Prismacolor Col-Erase in Lavender (part of a 24-color pack for $10.96)
- Musgrave Hermitage 510 ($0.40)
- Leuchtturm1917 softcover A6 plain pocket notebook ($9.25)
- Stillman & Birn Alpha hardcover A5 ($18.50)
The first phase of this experiment was to test each eraser on the smooth, everyday paper. I chose Leuchtturm1917 which is a warm white, smooth paper. I wanted to test three “everyday pencils” as well as three colored pencils that might be used by people who might want to add color, sketches or more creative elements to their notes or everyday notes.
For regular graphite, most of the erasers were acceptable. The Koh-i-noor Thermoplastic Hexagonal “throwing star” and the Kohi-noor Pebbles were the least effective on the Leuchtturm1917 but for daily writing, they were acceptable. The Staedtler Mars Plastic, the Tombow, the Sakura and Pilot Foam and the Campus Plastic all performed above expectations for graphite erasing.
What was most surprising to me was that the Foam erasers by Sakura and Pilot usurped by beloved Staedtler for the best eraser when erasing the colored pencil markings from the smooth Leuchtturm paper. And the unusual and rare-as-a-coelacanth pink Campus Plastic Eraser also did a better-than-average job of erasing both graphite and colored pencil too. Not that I’m biased against pink erasers but it was pink and scented or at least swee-smelling so I wasn’t expecting it to be a top-performer too. The Koh-i-noor Pebbles did a good job of erasing the Col-Erase on the Leuchtturm which was a bit of a surprise.
In an effort to be completely thorough, I also decided to test the erasers on the toothier Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook paper which allowed some erasers to really shine where others had a lot more challenges. The Pebbles struggled on the textured surfaces but the Tombow Mono, Campus Plastic and Staedtler Mars Plastic all did well. The Sakura Foam and Pilot Foam erasers did quite well too.
The Pebbles struggled on the textured surfaces but the Tombow Mono, Campus Plastic and Staedtler Mars Plastic all did well. The Sakura Foam and Pilot Foam erasers did quite well too.
The finalists: Tombow Mono and Pilot Foam.
Runners-up: For toothy paper, Staedtler Mars Plastic. For smooth paper, Koh-i-noor Pebbles.
Most likely to smell good: Campus Plastic Eraser (could not decide if it was scented or not but it smelled sort of sweet).
Still coolest looking: Koh-i-noor Thermoplastic