Added 1 new A* page:Recently I noticed my site getting a little traffic from a German pen enthusiast web forum, and I found that one of their members had linked to my first big Supermassive Eraser Round-up from a discussion thread about erasers (in German). And the post below that one mentioned an eraser I'd never heard of before; furthermore, it was one by Rotring, German manufacturer of fine artist's pens and pencils (my favorite is their 0.8 mm Tikky Graphic Drawing Pen), so now I just had to check it out.|
Well I finally got around to needing more of my go-to erasers, the Kokuyo Campus B/HB Student Eraser, and I threw one of these new-to-me erasers, the Rotring Rapid-Eraser B20, into the order so I could check it out. It arrived and I gave it a rub!
Here it is in its stylish wrapping, below a Kokuyo:
And here's how it fared (on the right) vs a Kokuyo at erasing my Mitsubishi Hi-Uni H pencil lead from the 300 lb hot press Arches Bright White Watercolor Paper I use for A* pages:
Unfortunately, the B20 wasn't as good as the Campus B/HB at cleaning the paper; it also left a lot of little eraser shreds everywhere, instead of just a few big ones like the Campus B/HB does. You'll notice the B20's eraser mark is wider, too—the B20 eraser itself isn't wider than the Campus eraser, but it is softer, so when you're pressing down hard to erase tough marks, it spreads out quite a bit, which is not what you would want for precision work; this makes it harder to hold and handle, too. And it somehow feels greasy to the touch, even though it isn't (I don't thi-ink...)! : o Creepy!