Usually I find today's eraser market confusing and the white pencil-cap eraser adds to it. Erasers, mostly used to remove mistakes, come in a variety of qualities and products. They're also used for more tasks than error removal. When sketching they may be used to highlight or lighten lines.
I have erasers for specific purposes: kneaded, manual, and electric. Some I find more useful than others. I pick the eraser for the area I plan to cover and the support's surface delicacy.
|White Vinyl Block Eraser|
The pencil cap and stick forms are better at erasing individual guide and design lines. Sometimes I cut my stick-eraser with a craft knife giving it an angle or point for erasing marks in small spaces or to reveal a clean surface to use.
I also have an battery powered electric white eraser that spins a small stick. Its fast rotation uses less pressure which minimizes paper damage. I'm on my second one, actually. It's wonderful for removing calligraphy ruling lines. Unfortunately this one does not retain its power as well as the previous one I had.
I've noticed white erasers smudge heavy, broad area pencil shading rather than removing it. It also leaves crumbs I can't blow away, but must brush off with my antique drafting brush.
When I try a new-to-me support I do an eraser-ink test run. I want to know what to expect from any corrections I'll be making.
I like vinyl erasers because they are gentler and cleaner than standard rubber erasers. While they come in white and a variety of shapes, the kid in me likes to play with the ones in fun, fragrant shapes.
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