Mistakes happen; that’s why pencils have erasers. Before rubber erasers were invented in 1770 and made more durable via a process known as vulcanization in 1839, people used everything from pumice to crustless bread to expunge their errors. Now, erasers are available in a variety of formats and materials. Choose the classic pink eraser, a white artist plastic eraser, or an eraser cap for your pencil, and leave no trace by using the best products the market has to offer. Browse our selection of the best erasers below.
1. Pentel Block Eraser
Build your supply of block polymer erasers with this pack of 10. Pentel’s set includes high-quality, latex-free erasers that cleanly remove pencil marks from the page with little pressure. The block has sharp edges that are ideal for working in tight areas. These erasers won’t harden or crack with age and won’t tear the paper. Each eraser comes with a protective sleeve to keep both your fingers and the eraser clean. The boxed set is easy to store in an office desk or studio supply drawer.
2. PaperMate Pearl Erasers
Stock up on a classic with Paper Mate’s set of 12 iconic Pink Pearl erasers. Perfect for exams, essays, and everyday writing, these large erasers are dependable at eradicating marks without tearing or pilling your paper. The eraser’s sharp edges and flat face work well to cover both large areas and hard-to-reach places.
3. Prismacolor Kneaded Eraser
The go-to tool for artists, Prismacolor’s kneaded eraser is meant for use with drawing materials like charcoal and graphite. It is easily molded into different shapes for making highlights or erasing small areas, and it is crumbless, meaning you won’t smear your drawing by brushing off little bits of eraser. To clean it, just pull and knead the rubber until all the erased material has been absorbed. Like most kneaded erasers, this one does not erase colored pencil lines entirely, but it will fade them.
4. Mr. Pen Pencil Top Erasers
If you’re in the market for an eraser cap rather than a block eraser, go with Mr. Pen’s pack of 120 pencil toppers. Available in a bright array of orange, purple, green and pink, these tops fit perfectly over standard pencils. They erase marks with ease, and they won’t scratch or tear paper.
5. Tombow Mono Eraser
Tombow’s set of five white block erasers are made to remove marks without damaging your paper. Erase marks cleanly by applying little pressure with this super-strong tool. Great for both everyday writing and for fine art, these erasers satisfy a host of needs. Each eraser is encased in a protective paper sleeve that keeps the eraser clean and in good form.