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I am a fan of mechanical pencils, but continue to be underwhelmed with the minuscule erasers they provide with them (almost as if they expect you not to make a mistake?). I'm tired of buying overpriced refills, and am more interested in finding something that could be used in addition to the pencil.

What's the best pencil eraser out there? Are there significant differences amongst the materials? What makes a good eraser?

asked Jun 20 '11 at 19:52

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Mars plastic, as above. Abrasive erasers tear up the paper surface too much, and unless you have mastered pressing really hard without breaking the lead a mechanical pencil doesn't draw that deep anyway.

The plastic erasers can also be cleaned with a wet thumb or a rub on scrap paper for neat work. I always find the "gritty" or "gummy" erasers get so dirty you spend half your time rubbing out their own mess. The Mars compound is stiff enough that corners can be used for fine work, or large areas erased with the flat end. The dirty, used portions just roll off as you use it and are cleanly blown/swiped away. I like the idea of putty/moldable erasers, but they get filthy, crumbly and horrible if kept in a pocket or bag.


answered Jun 24 '11 at 06:55

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I just placed an order for a pack of 4.

What's the best lead replacement for a mechanical pencil? outside of different hardnesses, are all the brands comparable?

3 years, 7 months ago
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@oliver, check out The Lead Cup in davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.com . The short answer: Pentel won Dave's 2006 competition.

3 years, 4 months ago
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My vote goes to the Mars Plastic by Staedtler. A latex free, soft non-abrasive white vinyl compound.


answered Jun 21 '11 at 00:29

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Those white erasers that come in a plastic pencil-shaped case with a pocket clip that pushes the eraser tip down as it wears away. They last forever. The brand I use is a Pentel Rock n' Write eraser. I've also seen them called "Clic" erasers. I like the pencil-shaped form. They're good for precise erasures.

The Mars Plastic erasers can also be carved to make rubber stamps.


answered Jul 11 '11 at 09:56

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Amy Thomson

I like this one from pencils.com. The triangle design makes it very easy to use.


answered Oct 02 '11 at 13:26

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If you'd like something that is integrated with your mechanical pencil, I love the Pentel Twist-Erase line. Agreed with other answerers that plastic erasers tend to be cleanest, though.


answered Oct 02 '11 at 17:14

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Tiny/capped erasers are just too silly, aren't they?

Pentel's "Twist Erase" pencils are what I've been using for years. There's a much larger (& replaceable) eraser that's operated like a woman's lipstick. Excellent pencils - I bought several boxes of them so I'd never run out and I keep them everywhere, too.

There are several line width version available.


answered Oct 23 '11 at 08:00

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answered Oct 29 '11 at 14:10

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edited Oct 29 '11 at 14:11

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