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  Lightweight erasers: Hi-Polymer, White PearlJul 04, 2013 8:46 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Just time to get this posted before I gotta go catch the fireworks show, I think. : )
 
I had to pick up some things from the local everything store today, and took the opportunity to grab a couple erasers from their Low Quality Art Supplies aisle. I got a 3-pack of Pentel's "Hi-Polymer Erasers," and a Paper Mate (actually Newell Rubbermaid, Sanford brand, as discussed in my recent Tale of the Pink Pearl, and confirmed on the back of the package) "White Pearl":
 
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The Hi-Polymer is about the same size as the also-common Staedtler Mars Plastic eraser seen in part one of my Supermassive Eraser Round-up, and the White Pearl is just a smidge shorter than the old Pink Pearl.
 
Although Pentel sells all kinds of erasers under the "Hi-Polymer" label in Japan, some of which are quite good (see the Eraser Round-up), this big, cheap plain white block is the only one I've seen in the States, and my hopes were not high for it. They were even lower for the White Pearl, given that the Pink Pearl has always been a pretty weak eraser. They grew even lower once I noticed what looked like oil stains on the cardboard packaging behind the eraser:
 
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Ew. Also notice in that first photo how the right edge of the White Pearl is not very smooth. Anyway the usual simple test of erasing a swatch of 4B Tombow Mono pencil off a piece of smooth Canson Foundation Bristol would tell us how they actually perform, going up against the champ from my eraser round-ups, the Japanese import Kokuyo Campus 2B Student Eraser:
 
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The Hi-Polymer, a fairly hard eraser, was reasonably un-smeary, but not really in the same league as the Campus 2B in terms of cleaning power, and unlike the better erasers, doesn't collect its shreds into a nice tidy roll as you erase. The White Pearl erased very poorly indeed, and left loads of tiny, sticky shreds that were hard to remove from the paper.
 
And there you have it!
 
 
 
 
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