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Kokuyo Campus Student Eraser - For B/HB Lead - KOKUYO KESHI-C100-2
  INTRODUCTION: I've put..., August 6, 2014
INTRODUCTION: I've put this eraser and 9 others (Pentel dust-gathering, light-erasing, black and stein black, Boxy, Pilot Foam, Sakura Foam, Kokuyo B/HB, Kokuyo 2B, Mars Plastic) through a rigorous and extensive series of 8 tests based on my application specifications (0.3mm Pentel Ain Stein B lead with Rhodia paper). The tests were parallel (sustained) erasing, perpendicular (instantaneous) erasing, smudge test (several perpendicular lines), large area erasing, lead-dirty erasing, clumping, finger oil dirty erasing and eraser shield compatibility. Of those tests, the main differences were highlighted in the parallel, smudge, finger oil dirty and eraser shield tests.

REVIEW: This particular eraser, the Kokuyo B/HB, was amongst the best in all test and I found it to be the all-around best performer. Sustained erasing left an evenly and supremely faint line. Instantaneous erasing performance in the smudge test was average, but reliable. Most distinguishing of all, this eraser was utterly unaffected by skin oils and left the crispest, whitest patterns with an eraser shield in a patch of lead-darkened paper.

CONCLUSION: For its extreme reliability and performance which, in my case, surpassed even the venerable Mars Plastic in some cases, I give this eraser the highest ratings as well as my personal recommendation, especially if your operational parameters are similar to mine.
Rotring 600 Drafting Pencil - 0.35 mm - Black Body - ROTRING 502603
  This pencil delivers..., February 10, 2014
This pencil delivers all that's needed in a mechanical pencil, ONLY what's needed, and it takes every little detail to perfection. From tip to cap:

- The lead sleeve is sturdy and perfectly visible at all times;
- In conjunction with Pentel's high quality lead, the precise mechanism and sleeve hold the lead well, do not wobble or shear the lead and allow fine writing with spectacular endurance*;
- The mechanism is not clicky (to my slight disappointment) but it is very tactile and precise;
- The knurled grip completely eliminates slip without being biting or grating**;
- The lead sleeve and grip assembly is replaceable, so this pencil will follow you for life even if you manage to jam it or break the sturdy lead sleeve;
- The hexagonal body is stylish and practical in that it keeps the pencil from rolling;
- The clip is low-profile, bendable yet strong;
- The lead grade indicator has just the right amount of friction so it's easy to set and won't drift away;
- The cap fits between the barrel and the body using a simple yet ingenious little protruding strip of metal that bends when you insert the cap.

I used 0.9mm for over 5 years and decided to take a big plunge into extra-fine writing. I am SO GLAD I did. This pencil, in combination with the lead I chose, Pentel Ain Stein 0.3mm B grade, smoothly creates dark, crisp, smudge-resistant lines. It is truly writing paradise.

*: With 0.8mm of lead extended (two clicks), I apply as much pressure as I used to on 0.9mm and it doesn't even come close to breaking. I had my dad try it, he who is used to writing huge letters in wooden pencils which are practically indestructible in comparison to mechanical pencil lead, and he had no issues at all. I can write very legible text with a full centimeter of lead extended (!!!!!) while most people I know use cheapass 0.5mm lead and a dollar pencil and their leads are exploding constantly. Sucks to be them!

** A little trick for picking up little specks of dust from the grip is to use a soft eraser and just press it against the area where a speck of dust got stuck, without rubbing (rubbing intently with your finger or an eraser will make it worse). The dust will adhere to the eraser and you can keep your grip nice and black. Wipe your eraser and repeat as needed.
Midori Aluminum Multi Ruler - 30 cm - Black - MIDORI 231369
  This ruler is ten times..., February 6, 2014
This ruler is ten times cuter than the pictures let it seem! It is about 2 centimeters wide when unfolded, which gives it a really sleek and cute profile. The graduations are crisp, and the other side with the zero directly against the edge is GENIUS, no other ruler I can find does this.

The protractor at the hinge is pretty handy. It's not really meant as a measurement tool (error would be almost 10 degrees on any reading), but it helps you draw and eyeball 15deg increment angles in a snap! You'll need good eyeballs and lighting however because the brown angle graduations lack a little contrast. Minus 0.1 out of 5 for such a tiny oversight.

I only wish the hinge would click at every 15 degree increment, which would also mean click into place once fully folded out. I'll only take off 0.2 because of that, though, because this is not really a defect of this product. The protractor already works really well and the hinge feels rock solid.

In summary, this stylish little buddy will fulfill your every need for a ruler. Good for working with common angles, for drawing lines, for measuring at edges, and for feeling like a ninja when you swing it open! Overall rating 4.7/5, gladly rounded up!
Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Eraser - Dust-Gathering - Large - PENTEL ZEAS10
  I've tested 10 erasers..., January 28, 2014
I've tested 10 erasers of 6 different brands carried by Jetpens. I use Rhodia dotpads and 0.3mm Pentel Ain Stein B-grade lead. Your mileage may vary. (NOTE: I've copied this review from the small version of this eraser, because I feel this one deserves the same good rating. Check out the other reviews on the small version!)

This eraser erased well in every test I've put it through, along with half of my samples. This one, however, stood out with its remarkable qualities in how the erasing felt. This eraser is wonderfully soft, almost like marshmallow. It slightly adheres to the paper when rubbing against it, as if giving the paper millions of microscopic hugs. It powerfully erases every stroke, from light to dark and from details to large markings. What's more, it clumps up neatly and all of the lead residue is eliminated by the clumps, so the eraser very rarely becomes stained and dirty-looking.

In short, I'd say this is an amazing eraser for its erasing power, marvelous texture, exceptional feel and incredible self-cleaning properties. Get a large one or two, you will not be using anything else.
Pentel Hi-Polymer Ain Eraser - Dust-Gathering - Small - PENTEL ZEAS06
  I've tested 10 erasers..., January 27, 2014
I've tested 10 erasers of 6 different brands carried by Jetpens. I use Rhodia dotpads and 0.3mm Pentel Ain Stein B-grade lead. Your mileage may vary.

This eraser erased well in every test I've put it through, along with half of my samples. This one, however, stood out with its remarkable qualities in how the erasing felt. This eraser is wonderfully soft, almost like marshmallow. It slightly adheres to the paper when rubbing against it, as if giving the paper millions of microscopic hugs. It powerfully erases every stroke, from light to dark and from details to large markings. What's more, it clumps up neatly and all of the lead residue is eliminated by the clumps, so the eraser very rarely becomes stained and dirty-looking.

In short, I'd say this is an amazing eraser for its erasing power, marvelous texture, exceptional feel and incredible self-cleaning properties. Get a large one or two, you will not be using anything else.
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