I went on an eraser shopping...
January 24, 2016
I went on an eraser shopping binge the other day. As a math major, I need lots
of erasers as it is, but I also wanted to determine which ones worked best for
my needs. I tested all of the erasers on three different types of pencils: a
Pilot Eno color .7, a Pentel graphite .5 and a Pentel color 2mm, and then on
three different paper types: Rhodia, an index card, and then plain old American
junk copier paper.
The type of paper wound up not mattering with the performance of any of the
erasers. What mattered was what they were erasing.
So with that established:
The Ain performed adequately with .5 and .7 leads, and even did better than its
dust-gathering cousin at these tasks. However, just like the dust-gathering Ain,
the triangular eraser could not erase the Pentel 2mm lead well, although, to its
credit, it took out more of the color with less effort. For other erasers, not
erasing the 2mm lead has been a deal breaker.
I love this eraser's click mechanism, just like a normal pen. It's much better
than the chintzy American round version. I also like how easily the eraser
retracts when I'm done with it, and I adore the sophisticated metallic color of
the barrel. The triangular shape feels awesome in my hand, and the eraser being
the same shape means that I can get it into small spaces to erase one number or
letter, or it can get between graphs to erase one part of a line without taking
out anything else. I had a lot of fun seeing where it could go and what it could
Despite its middle of the pack performance at erasing, the other features of
this triangular AIN has it bumping the Pentel Clic from my pencil case as a
small spaces eraser. Now if only Pilot or Sakura would make their foam erasers
in a barrel design just like this one...