Whether you are an artist, a student or just a pencil lover the eraser is a needed tool. But there are so many types of erasers that it can be hard to know which one is right for you. OfficeZilla is here to help!
Types of Erasers
The Pink Eraser
Every school child knows the smell of the standard pink eraser. These rubber erasers are possibly the most common erasers out there.
Pros of the Pink Eraser:
- Because of the way the eraser crumbles it doesn’t destroy your paper.
- Erases most pencil marks.
- Can be found just about anywhere.
- Inexpensive and super cute 🙂
Cons of the Pink Eraser:
- Can smudge your paper.
- May also stain your paper (unless you choose white instead of pink).
- Does not work as well on softer paper such as drawing paper.
The art gum eraser is popular among artists. Art gum erasers are made of rubber like pink erasers, but they are made from a softer rubber.
Pros of the Gum Eraser:
- Can erase dark pencil lines.
- Does not damage paper even with aggressive erasing.
- Will not stain your paper.
- Can erase large areas.
- When using a gum eraser, you look & feel like a real artist 🙂
Cons of the Gum Eraser:
- Art gum erasers crumble when used (it’s a good thing, that’s how they erase) so they leave more eraser residue.
- Because of their crumbly nature they need to be replaced more often.
Kneaded erasers are very soft and pliable, think silly putty. You may find yourself playing with this eraser more than erasing!
Pros of the Kneaded Eraser:
- Can erase pencil, charcoal, pastels.
- Gentle on paper.
- When you dab up and down you can lighten lines without fully erasing (how cool is that?!)
- Does not smear or stain.
- Doesn’t leave any eraser residue.
- Can be formed into a point to erase small details.
Cons of Kneaded Eraser:
- These erasers become dirty as they erase. For awhile you can clean them by pulling and folding, or kneading, the eraser. This does take some hand strength. And when they get too dirty they need to be replaced.
- Not very good at erasing large areas.
- They deform when used aggressively.
Vinyl erasers are made of soft vinyl and are sometimes called plastic erasers. They are non-abrasive and less likely to damage paper or canvas but must be used carefully. Engineers often favor this type of eraser for work on technical drawings.
Pros of Vinyl Erasers:
- Can erase pencil marks as well as india ink. (How is that possible?!)
- Ideal for charcoal and pastels, some say it can even absorb oil paint from a canvas.
- They erase very cleanly and completely.
Cons of Vinyl Erasers:
- Can cause smearing when erasing large areas or dark marks.
- Can tear paper if not used properly.
- Over time they can get dirty by picking up black residue. To clean the eraser scrub it against a rough surface.
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OfficeZilla carries all types of erasers. Once you decide what type is best for you, be sure to write it down in permanent ink 🙂