Hundreds of years ago, people used soft gritty stones like pumice, others used soft bread or wax. But in 1770, when an engineer discovered that bits of rubber tree plants could gently erase pencil lead from paper, he started marketing them. Maybe you’ve heard them called ‘rubber’ or ‘gum erasers’ because they were made from natural rubber gum.
In 1839, tire-maker Charles Goodyear revolutionized the industry when he developed a way to make rubber stronger and more durable. He also found that this cured rubber made an excellent pencil eraser, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Great for taking any test where you need to completely and cleanly erase your marks. Have you started writing a letter on unlined paper and realized a few lines in that your lines don’t flow straight across the paper? Grab an eraser and quickly clear your paper and be done with your practice round. This package of a dozen familiar pink erasers have both a long flat side and some diagonal corners, great for lines and detailed erasing.
These top-quality erasers are great little values. Why not tuck a few in the school supplies donation bin? The smooth block eraser only needs a soft touch to easily removes pencil lines. Because of their hi-polymer construction, these four white erasers will stay soft for use month after month. It also means that they’re gentle on paper and won’t pull and tear it, or leave smudges and smears. The block-style erasers have sleeves to keep your eraser clean, too.
Just flip over your pencil and quickly erase your pencil marks without missing a beat. About 20 years after Charles Goodyear started manufacturing pencil erasers, pencil top erasers started appearing on the pencils of the late 1850s. In pink, purple, yellow, and green, these erasers add a touch of color to 120 standard-sized pencils. Since they’re latex-free, they won’t scratch or rip even the thinnest of pages.
If you’re looking for the Mercedes Benz of erasers, this could be your choice. (It’s just a coincidence they’re also made in Germany, right?) Each eraser is individually wrapped and comes in a protective wrap to ensure it’s clean and fresh. It’s also phthalate- and latex-free, making it eco-friendly. And it works on paper, vellum, drafting film, and more.
The crisp corners and lines on these assorted erasers make it simple to erase with precision. This combination package of 15 erasers adds color to your classroom supplies. With 12 neon purple, yellow, pink, and green pencil top erasers and three more brightly colored larger erasers, you’ll be ready to amend any pencil mismarks you should accidentally make. Designed to be gentle and easy for small hands, these pencil erasers are effective enough that artists and teenagers find them whimsical to use, too.