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I'm reviewing my Staedtler Erasers.
They were bought in a craft shop and cost £1.20 for two.
I used to be heavily into knitting, but in an odd way. I liked making up my own 'pictures' and knitting them onto small cardigans and it was a nice little earner for me at a time when I needed it.
The 'pictures' were generally cartoon characters....Postman Pat, Fireman Sam, Pocahontas etc, but drawn and knitted in MY personal manner rather than from a purchased pattern. I'd draw the picture onto graph paper using a pencil.......thus the need for erasers to correct mistakes.
They are wrapped in cellophane with a 'tear strip' , so that it is easy to remove.
Each eraser comes in a paper sleeve with all the info needed on it along the sides and Staedtler MARS PLASTIC on the front.
The sleeve can be left on and slid back as needed. That protects the eraser from oily/grubby finger marks that grip it .
The Staedtler logo is embossed on the eraser itself as well.
***USING and MY OPINION***
I honestly can't think how I managed pre these , because the erasers I was using were quite bad ones that came in sets of school supplies and were often odd shapes and colours and actually did an awful job when I think back. They'd often erase half the graph paper, including the printed lines, and leave grey or even coloured streaks and masses of crumbs.
I stopped doing the cardigans because for the time and effort involved they didn't pay well, so I packed away my supplies. But then a couple of years ago I decided to knit a customised picture and make it up into a cushion cover as a special gift. It was a great success and I still do these occasionally as gifts, each one entirely different and designed with the receiver in mind . They look cute in cars (stop laughing. They DO !). Thankfully I've now seen the wisdom of "the right tool for the right job" and bought myself these Staedtler erasers on recommendation of the lady in the craft shop.
I really couldn't believe how clean these are to use.
There is virtually no crumbly residue from them. The paper doesn't get ratty looking and they don't leave streaks in the way the cheap erasers do.
When I'm drawing up a picture it involves a lot of adjusting. This is the kind of thing that could possibly be done on a computer these days but I enjoy the hands-on work involved . The only problem was the constant need to erase tiny areas of my pictures, often as little as one square on the graph paper at a time and because the cheap erasers used to wear down to rounded stubs it was hard to get precision.
The Staedtler eraser has neat corners that give me accuracy in erasing tiny areas should I need that.
There is very little odour off them unless you actually sniff them, and they claim to be Phthalate and latex-free. That isn't an issue for me, but I can see that it might be for others with allergy problems .
I really rate these erasers highly and my only regret is not using them sooner, but we live and learn.
At £1.20 for two they are cheap as chips too.
Would I recommend them ? Definitely. They get a big thumbs up from me and a well deserved 5 star rating.
PS. When I unearth some of my graph drawings/patterns I'm hoping to post pictures on ciao....... to illustrate the need for detail correction on these things .
Thank you for reading and I hope it was helpful.~~myloh
Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser
As a home tutor I rely on having good stationery to help me do my job. Since I work with many younger children, they prefer to write their work in pencil. Inevitably, mistakes are often made and need to be erased. Some students have their own super-cute erasers (one student has a little giraffe eraser, but the head's worn off now!), but for those who don't I always carry a couple of Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers.
Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers can be widely bought in specialist stationery shops like Staples, as well as the stationery departments in WHSmiths, Wilkinsons etc. I usually purchase a two or four-pack, but they're also available separately. A two pack on Amazon costs me around £1.
Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers' standard size is 55x23x12mm but 'mini' erasers are also available which measure 40 x 19 x 13 mm. Whatever the size, these rubbers always come in a branded cardboard sleeve and a plastic cellophane wrapper.
The eraser itself is white, and embossed with the Staedtler logo on the top and bottom, but not on the sides. Unlike many other rubbers, these have a plasticky feel, and have a lot of 'give' in the material.
They don't have an obviously chemically smell - in fact their scent is very subtle and doesn't bother my asthma at all.
I love these erasers and have been using them for years - since I was a student myself! Unlike many other erasers these don't crumble, and they don't crack. They don't leave a residue on the paper either.
I always try to keep the paper jacket on the rubber for as long as possible, although some naughty students manage to worry at it and break it more often than not! Without the jacket the eraser does start to get a bit grey and grimy, although this is easily fixed by rubbing the grubby surface over a white piece of paper to remove the yucky coating.
These erasers are comfortable to handle, and easy to grip for little hands. They're latex-free so I don't have to worry about me (or my students) having an allergic reaction to the material.
These erasers remove pencil marks better than any other rubber I've tried: unless the student has gouged the paper, all traces of their writing can be removed with just a few swipes of this product. The Staedtler Mars Plastic Erasers can be used on the flimsiest paper without ripping - some of my students insist on writing on what feels like tracing paper, but this product doesn't rip even that flimsy surface.
I've also discovered that these erasers remove more than just pencil: they're good at removing marks from walls, OHP pen on whiteboards (and other shiny surfaces).
I can't say for certain how long one of these rubbers lasts as I've never managed to use one until the bitter end - they always get lost before I get even near to that point! What I can say, is that even with heavy use, about a quarter of the product gets rubbed away after about a term's heavy use, which means this product is exceptional value for money.
The best eraser I've ever used.
I first started using these rubbers/erasers when I was at art college and went through a phase of specialising in huge charcoal and graphite drawings. If ever there was a test of how effective and long-lasting a rubber is it has to be this - sometimes I would practically cover an A1-sized sheet of paper in charcoal and make a picture just by rubbing bits out! These rubbers last for absolutely ages, are very gentle to use (they don't create excess friction on the paper which can damage it), and are easy to clean and customise by breaking bits off. The only down-side from an artsy point of view is that Staedtler don't make a giant version - but this isn't really necessary for regular, everyday use!
Since I swapped the art studio for the office I still use these rubbers every day - I always write meeting notes and to do lists in pencil - it has a impermanence that I find reassuring. One of these rubbers will last me about eight or nine months even with daily use. The laminated cardboard sleeve is hard-wearing and the classic design is easy on the eye.
Everyone will be familiar with erasers- normally from when you are at school and either you have to have an eraser handy as you are using a pencil, or from in your pencil case or desk tidy. Erasers come hand in hand with pencils - if you have a pencil, you need an eraser. However, since stopping full time education, I am probably one of the rare people who do still have an eraser to hand at most times- at work, at home, in with my art materials. I still find erasers relevant to my day to day life.
The Staedtler Mars plastic eraser is a 2inch x 3/4 inch white plastic looking, shiny on the outside eraser that comes in a cellophane wrap with a cardboard sleeve around it- you are supposed to leave the card sleeve on as it protects the eraser from your mucky hands. The card sleeve can be torn down for when the eraser gets smaller.
From the website, Staedtler boast that this is their most efficient ('Made in Germany') eraser that can be used both for erasing graphite (pencil to you and me) and also to erase OHP pens from OHP film without leaving a smudge mark and without discolouring the paper.
I didn't realise until I read these features that these are the things we demand of an eraser without really being aware of it. Just think how annoying it is when you go to erase something such as a line you have made whilst reading a book and the eraser just makes more of a mess on the paper and hardly erasers anything. With erasers, I find, you need it to work, there and then- to totally remove all traces of pencil or OHP marker on film and to leave the surface perfect so you can write on it again without any evidence of the layer you have erased.
Staedtler also confirm this is latex free and has 'minimal crumbling' and is age resistant! In my experience, an eraser can be in a drawer or an old pencil case for 15-20 years and you would still pick it up and expect it to work as it did the first day you unwrapped it- without having discoloured or perished over the years.
This eraser is really easy to use, It has pointed corners (8 in total) so you can use the edges for fine erasing detail and use the broader edges for larger areas. It is sturdy and I have never had one of these erasers snap or tear when I have been using it. They are very solid and do come across as like pliable plastic (not sure if that is where the name comes from!).
Rymans are selling these for 94p plus VAT. So these are cheap and easily available. I would expect to see these wrapped up for individual sale in most of the major stationery shops and also in kits of pencils or Staedtler OHP Pens as they can be used on over head projector film.
If you use pencils at work or at home or if you draw and need a reliable eraser that will last for literally YEARS and will also take on hard regular use without falling apart or crumbling into little pieces then this is the eraser for you. It is built to be used and to do it's job well and it does. So, recommended.
When I started studying through the Open University, when my daughter was a baby, I went a little over the top with stationery supplies. I have no idea why, but there's nothing better than a well-stocked pencil case! One thing that still occupies this case is the Staedtler mars eraser.
The eraser is widely available to purchase from stationery stores and some supermarkets. They are quite expensive. I actually pinched mine from my mum as she had a pack of three and didn't need all of them. I think they retail at around £1.50 each.
The erasers themselves start at a nice size, being around 6cm long, 3cm wide and 2cm high. It is white in colour and comes wrapped in a clear cellophane wrapper keeping it nice and fresh until you need to open it. It also comes inside a cardboard sleeve, this is where the eraser starts to stand out against other erasers as the sleeve keeps the rest of the eraser nice and clean. I can remember have cheap erasers at school and they would always get mucky in my pencil case as they had no covering.
The quality of this eraser shines through from the moment you start to use it, when using it to rub out pencil drawings or writing it does this easily with not a lot of effort needed. It doesn't leave any kind of smudges and doesn't drag the pencil along the piece of paper, it leaves it pretty much as good as new. The eraser does leave the small fragments of it behind after rubbing out mistakes but this isn't a bad thing as it rubs off the marks on the eraser at the same time. This leaves the eraser in a fantastic condition without it looking grey and tired.
Although these Staedtler erasers are quite expensive, the quality of them reflects the high price and I think they are worth every penny. Although I didn't pay for mine I won't hesitate to buy one of these when I need one as they are made to a high standard and are extremely easy to use without leaving a horrible mark on paper.
This is the only eraser I have used for many years now. Whilst studying I needed to work in pencil a lot and discovered one of these erasers in my father's paperwork draw and subsequently "adopted" it. That rubber is now long since gone, but I always keep one of these in my pen tidy on my desk.
I use prepelling pencils usually with HB lead to work with and this rubber is perfect for erasing this type of lead from the page. The rubber is is quite soft, but not at all flaky or easy to break, this rubber will usually stay in one piece for it's whole life. It also comes in a cardboard wrapper, which helps protect it, means that I only use one end, helps keep it in shape and also keeps it clean. As the rubber wears down I wind the paper down.
I find I don't need to press too hard to rub my error away and the rubber doesn't smudge the lead, it cleanly erases it. Obviously you get rubber "residue" from the rubber which has rubbed away and this can be easily swept from the work.
This eraser is about 2 inch long when new, just under an inch wide and about 1/4 inch thick. One rubber lasts a long time, even when I was studying and using it multiple times a day one lasted me years. The one I have now must be around 8 years old, I can't even remember where I bought it or how much it cost, but looking online one seems to cost around £2.
Thoroughly recommended for anyone that makes mistakes!
I am, and have been for many years, tracing the family tree. Some of the places where I have done my research would not let pens near the old documents or microfilm - for understandable reasons. For many years, therefore, I have been using these rubbers for removing my own mistakes and amending earlier attempts at deciphering truly horrible ancient handwriting. Luckily for me and my poor eyesight, increasing numbers of parish records and the like are being scanned and becoming available on my browser and I have been using the pencil and rubber approach a lot less in the last year or so. However, much remains unscanned and needing the tried and trusted pencil, notebook and rubber approach.
Which is why this is the only rubber I use.
It is incredibly hard wearing. I have had my most recent one for years and it is still going strong. Unlike other erasers I have had the misfortune to use, it does not seem to shred in use leaving bits all over my work. It does self clean and does so quite amazing well but the results don't require getting out the mini dustbuster. The card sleeve it comes in does help in the whole keeping it clean thing, but for those of us with a tendency to lost things, it is not essential in keeping this rubber clean and working well. Mine has long since lost its sleeve but is still giving me sterling service.
It rubs out pencils, erasable pen ink and is also handy with the occasional spot cleaning task in the laundry pile. It stays looking respectable while making my work look better and legible even after rubbing out the original writing and redoing several times and just keeps on going.
All widely available from all good stationary shops, most big supermarkets and even Amazon. Mine came from Ryman, where it can be found now at the massively good value of 94p.
If you do not have an eraser or you and yours are struggling with a crumbly not very good one, head straight to this product. Run, do not walk. It won't let you down.
This eraser (often called a rubber in the UK) is a curvaceous cuboid. One would expect a pointed end to rub out the fine awkward areas. However, this is the granddaddy of rubbers. It measures two and a half inches on its longest side.
The rubber comes in a protective, thin, cardboard sleeve, branded with the highly recognisable, blue background, with white printed words, 'Staedtler Mars Plastic'. The cover is there to keep the rubber clean. It's certainly durable and long lasting. I've had mine in the bottom drawer, of my desk, for years. The rubber comes out for the special occasions when I'm not typing or using a pen but when using the grey lead of a sharp pencil.
You can get a good grip in your hand of this decently large-sized and solid rubber. Put a little pressure on and rub back and forth. Ah, that got the spot. There will be no stains or spots on my clean sheets of paper. However, it doesn't do so well with coloured pencils and the marks are fainter but a bit too visible if you are very fussy about the results. When used on grey pencil the rubber leaves no tale-tale signs of a smudged page. It's great for fine lines and thick ones too but not really thin enough for awkward corners.
There are no bitty waste shavings that crumble away from the eraser, which means there's no need to fuss over cleaning up the big mess after use. The shavings are long thin strands which are easy to pick up and discard. This is phthalate and latex free so there are no hidden, hazardous, materials for harm to your skin or to cause damage to our environment.
This rubber is of premium quality. It cost me around a couple of pounds from a local stationary shop and it's still going strong after seven years. Professional artists often use this as their preferred choice of eraser.
When it comes to dealing with the finer things in life this is the rubber for you.
When I was younger I used to use Staedtler mars erasers for rubbing pencil out and over the years I found them to be the most effective rubber around. My son is in year three now at school and he usually comes home with a couple of pieces of homework at the weekends to complete and sometimes we have the need to have a rubber. I ordered a two pack of Staedtler mars erasers from amazon back in September for my son to use and this is my review of them.
The pack of erasers came in a blister pack which is pretty simple and features the product and brand name. You can see through the pack to the rubbers as well so can get an idea of size if you are buying them in a shop. The pack of two rubbers cost me £1.99 from amazon and came with free super saver delivery. The same pack is still available at this price from amazon and whilst you may think there are cheaper rubbers around I can advise that these ones are excellent quality and in my opinion the best ones on the market.
The rubbers themselves come wrapped in a clear plastic but this is easy enough to remove and then they can be slotted back in to the little cardboard sleeve that covers them. I like the fact that they have a cardboard sleeve as I find it makes the rubber easy to hold and also stops it getting dirty if thrown in a pencil case like the ones my son uses are.
The rubbers are actually the best on the market in my opinion and I say this for a few reasons. When you use this rubber to rub out a mistake on paper you will find that it rubs away traces of the pencil really well and leaves a clean piece of paper which often shows no trace at all of what was once there. Many rubbers smudge the pencil on the page leaving dirty marks or certainly more traces of what was there but with the Staedtler mars eraser this is not an issue. This is a great thing for when my son is doing homework because if he makes a mistake he isn't worried that the page will look messy. Secondly what is great about this rubber is they are made with a formula which means they flake less than with other rubbers as you use them and so there isn't as much mess when my son uses this one as when he has used other branded rubbers in the past and as a result of less flaking they also last really well and so I can't see us needing to purchase any more of these for a good while unless we lose them.
I think these erasers are great for both personal use for children and students but also for at the office if you work in pencil a lot as they are excellent quality, good value for the price and will last a long time. Recommended by our house!
Thank you for reading my review!
Like many of you I have been brought up with erasers from a very young age. Not going quite as far back as the chalk and slate, I did in my early years at school start off with a pencil and rubber, much like children do today.
My little boy is still on the pencil and rubber stage. They haven't let him loose with a pen when he is doing his writing yet. There is a good reason why and that is because it appears every other word needs to be rubbed out. If he was using a pen his book would look a complete mess.
Originally I bought pencils with rubbers on the end but I did not find these very successful. Not only did the rubbers snap off but they also became very discoloured with the graphite from the pencil. This is where Staedtler came to the rescue.
It removes 'graphite marks from paper, matt drafting film or overhead transparencies virtually residue-free and with only minimal crumbling'. The eraser I bought came in a pack of two and they where white in colour.
They are made in Germany and have a long service life and are both phthalate and latex-free. I have had mine now for 6 months and I still haven't opened the other one. The one I am using is still white and the same colour as it was originally. It works just as good. It hasn't broken like the other erasers and it erases pencil with ease with minimal damage to the paper it is used on.
I would highly recommend these erasers. Okay you can buy cheaper ones but I doubt they get anywhere as near as good as these. Mine cost £1.00 for two, which I consider to be excellent value.
Copyright stebiz 2012 - Also on ciao.co.uk
I use a pencil at work a lot, and as such we are supplied with rubbers / erasers. The erasers that my workplace supply to us are Staedtler Mars plastic erasers, which are produced by Staedtler who are a leading stationary brand.
Aside from using these erasers at work, I also use a pencil a lot in my little office area at home. I was also lucky enough to spot a selection of these exact erasers for sale at a car-boot sale earlier this year. The guy behind the stall had a couple of dozen of them, and was selling them off at 3 for a pound, which was an absolute bargain, as these erasers generally cost around £1:50 - £2 each when purchased from a stationary store. Staedtler do also sell these erasers in bulk packs of 20, which works out cheaper at around 80p per eraser, although unless you are a very heavy user of a pencil, a pack of 20 would last for years and years!
As I mentioned above, Staedtler are a leading brand when it comes to stationary, and these erasers clearly prove that. They are bright white in colour, and sit in a small cardboard sheath, which exposes about a quarter of the eraser at the end, whilst protecting the other 3 quarters of the eraser from general contamination from dust, light and human hands, until such a time that the initial exposed quarter has been used up, and so the eraser can be pushed up inside the cardboard sheath to expose a new area. The cardboard area is blue and white in colour, and displays the company's logo on it, giving it a professional look.
The dimensions of the eraser are 65mm x 23mm x 13mm.
Staedtler claim that these erasers are 'self cleaning erasers', and this basically means that as the eraser is rubbed into some pencil marks on a piece of paper or other material, small fragments of rubber will break away from the eraser, as they get contaminated from the pencil, meaning that the remaining rubber is always clean and fresh.
I have no doubts that these erasers are the best quality ones that I have ever used. They make erasing effortless, and they do work on coloured pencils as well as a standard lead or graphite pencil.
Overall I would happily recommend Staedtler erasers, as they are of a very good quality. They also last a long time, so you do get good value for the price you pay. I'm sure that once my little stock from the car-boot sale run out, I will be on the look-out for another staedtler eraser for my little office at home.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
A stationery essential
I have always loved drawing and sketching and although I used to do so quite frequently with two children I sadly don't get as much time as I used to to sit down with my sketchpad! But I do still have a box of good quality pencils, and nestled amongst them are two essential items - a sharpener and this eraser.
I first used this many years ago, and it is quite a classic stationery item. It is not like any of the novelty erasers that my daughter seems to have lots of - instead this is a bit more serious and grown up! The eraser itself is white and it is an oblong shape - maybe an inch and a half or so in length - and it is the perfect size and shape to hold easily in the hand. It has a cardboard cover that helps to protect the eraser, and this can be cut or peeled as your wear the end of the rubber away - or it can be discarded altogether.
It doesn't break in half (again, my daughter's novelty erasers have a tendency to do this!) and it also doesn't seem to get too grubby.
Rubbing it out
But does it work? Well it is a big thumbs up from me. Even using darker pencils, I find this erases really effectively and doesn't leave behind smudges or marks. Because of the shape it is easy to rub away at even small areas and you can use one of the corners for this. Also, this eraser seems to last forever! Because of the large size, and because it works so well, one of these will last you a very long time.
This eraser is widely available and costs around £1. If you write or draw using pencil, then I would definitely recommend this, and if mine ever finishes I'll be straight out to buy the same again!
This just has to be the best eraser of all time without question. As a child I used to love the fact it came in its own covering and when the end of the eraser became dirty, I would slide the wrapper down and look at the amazing whiteness of the middle.
There are some erasers that do not deserve the recognition of being called an eraser. The ones they put on the end of pencils for example, never actually rub out anything. They smudge the pencil marks and leave a trail of pink dust in its wake. The Staeftler eraser (I have just worked out that this is the same make as the highlighter pens I use!!!) is the holy grail of all rubbers. This eraser will rub out anything, no matter how hard you pressed, no matter how long ago you wrote with your pencil, no matter what you wrote or drew on, this rubber would tackle it. It didn't leave any marks behind; and it didn't crumple the paper as you rubbed with it.
I have never used up a whole eraser, I have either lost of thrown it away long before I had ever used up the whole thing, these erasers though are a good size, a nice shape to hold and use and with the protective cardboard covering, this eraser is ready for action. The feel of it is quite soft and it isn't gritty like some that rub the actual paper way.
Best eraser ever, no smell, no fuss, great buy.
The Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser works very well as a pencil eraser. My daughter has one for her homework, mostly her maths homework, and on more than one occasion I've needed to work with her while she's correcting something and so have watched her use this eraser while also using it myself from time to time. I bought a twin pack of the Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser from £3.35 - which equates to £1.67 per eraser which seems like a decent size because each one lasts absolutely ages.
The eraser is a good size, measuring 5.5 cm x 2.3 cm x 1.2 cm and so it is bigger than most and also a good size to grab hold of when using it. It has an outside cardboard cover which is designed to keep the eraser clean between use and so you can slide the eraser in and out of the housing. However, this is really only useful when the eraser is still near full-size and once it starts to wear down then the cardboard can be a bit of a hindrance and I know my daughter has ended up taking it off and throwing it away.
The eraser works well to remove all normal pencil markings and does so gently so that it does not mess up the paper. Obviously, there may be some indentations left on the paper, but the actual pencil markings are well removed. Although it looks a bit boring and isn't a cute novelty shape, it does work better than the other erasers we have tried in the past and so I can recommend it.
This really is the only eraser I will ever buy for myself. All others, in my opinion, just do not compare to the fantastic quality of this one.
The eraser is from a well known and popular stationary brand called Staedtler. It can be purchased from stationary shops such as Staples and WH Smith, and can also be bought from most good supermarkets. It is usually priced around £1 but can be bought even cheaper from amazon where it is only 1p!
Most rubbers I have used always seem to get grey and dirty really quickly. They smudge the paper, and you have to rub them on a blank piece of paper for ages until they look clean again. But with this one you don't need to worry about that. Amazingly, this always looks startlingly white. It has a brilliant self cleaning ability. It looks spotless and you can rub out as much pencil as you want and it won't make any difference to how clean it is. The same can't be said if you rub out colouring pencils though, unfortunately, but you shouldn't really be rubbing out colouring pencils with one of these anyway, so try not to use it for that purpose.
This is also a good size so it lasts a really long time before it gets too small and you need to buy a new one. It is a rectangular shape and has the Staedtler logo on it. It has a blue cardboard packaging that also has the Staedtler logo on it - this can all be seen in the picture provided.
I would definitely recommend this rubber. It is the only one I use and I will never change for any other!