This and that (hexagonal cedar eraser edition)

A parcel from Japan

Last month Tombow released a new eraser (Japanese announcement, Google translation). It’s quite similar to an old, familiar friend, the Staedtler Mars plastic, but with a Tombow Mono inside. The eraser stick has a diameter of 6.7 mm and a length of 100 mm.

Tombow’s new Mono Stick and Staedtler’s Mars plastic

Tombow isn’t the only company with new erasers. Look at this special eraser from Seed. Seed’s Radar is one of their famous erasers. This version has a sleeve made from 300 year old cedar wood.

Cedar Seed

Here it is again, next to some other Seed erasers.

Comparison: different Seed erasers

Since we are talking about Japanese erasers: in case you were wondering about the symbols you can find on them: have a look at this document from JEMA, the Japan Eraser Manufacturers Association (Google Translation). It also contains explanations regarding testing.

from the JEMA document (Image © JEMA)

I also noticed the Orenznero, discussed previously, in the Bun2 magazine… well as a nice sharpener and organiser from Nakabayashi. There’s an automatic (~£28; $39, €31) and a manual version (~£9; $13; €10) of the Pacatto sharpener.

The Stationery King1 did of course have several appearances, too).

…and now for something completely different. I dare to include it because it has hexagonal in the title: Hexagonal Phase.

The computer animations from the TV series were actually hand drawn.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is back. The Original Cast of the Original Radio 4 Radio Comedy in new episodes, written by written by Eoin Colfer.

Image © BBC Radio 4


I would like to thank Yumiko for the nice parcel and Gunther and Sola for the additional information.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy images in this blog post are from the BBC series of the same name. I believe that the use of the image shown in this blog post falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.

  1. Sean rightly wonders whether he shouldn’t be the emperor of stationery. []

Ty/iwako erasers (again)

Beanie Puzzle EraserI like a bargain. That means I do sometimes buy things if they are cheap, even if I don’t need them.

In this case I’m talking about erasers. You never know when a good eraser might come in handy1.

This weekend I bought more Ty/iwako’s puzzle erasers.

Usually these sell for £1 (~$1.55; €1.39) each, but my local Pound World is selling four for £1.

There were lots of different packs, each with four erasers each, but all the packs had a different mix.

Please click to enlarge.

Price and exchange rates: May 2015

  1. A variation of a sentence from the computer game Leisure Suit Larry []

Faber-Castell’s erasing knife 2

Faber-Castell erasing knife

Today: another kind of eraser. This one has been quite useful on many occasions. One of the recent opportunities to use it was when I received dozens of printed cards that turned out to be printed with a mistake. Thanks to this ‘eraser’ I was able to ‘erase’ the mistakes from all the printed cards easily – by scratching them off the surface.

Faber-Castell erasing knife

It’s Faber-Castell’s erasing knife 181398. One of its official purposes is to sharpen Faber-Castell’s charcoal sticks, but it can also be used on paper or to sharpen pencils, as demonstrated in one of Faber-Castell’s official videos (jump to 1:12).

Faber-Castell erasing knife

Sharpening a Castell 9000 in F


This erasing knife has been around for 35 years. Gunther was kind enough to send me one in 2012 as I wasn’t able to get one in the UK at that time.

Faber-Castell erasing knife

Sharpening a Castell 9000 in F


Lego erasers (again)

The Lego erasers by Senator (€0.75 each)

The Lego erasers by Senator (€0.75 each)

Lego erasers from China and Germany

The non-Senator Lego erasers (£2 each)

The non-Senator Lego erasers (£2 each)

I have mentioned the Lego erasers in two previous posts: The first Lego erasers where made by Senator in Germany. When they moved production to China the erasers got much more expensive, rising from €1.49 for two to £7.95 for four1. They got cheaper now (£2.99 for four), but the Chinese made Lego erasers are still more expensive than the German made ones were – unless you get lucky, like I did, and get them on offer. In my case it was on offer because the supermarket wants to get rid of their stock. I paid £1.49 (~$2.22; €2.06) for a pack of four.

The Lego Movie erasers (£0.75 each)

The Lego Movie erasers (£0.75 each)

The version I got is being sold as part of the Lego Movie franchise – but as far as I can tell there’s no difference between the normal Lego erasers and the Logo Movie erasers, except the colours.



To compare the erasers I used Banditapple 3G paper and a Simbalion pencil. Performance wise the Lego Movie erasers are pretty good. You might have read in previous blog posts that I prefer dust free erasers. The Lego erasers performed as well as or even a bit better than a Mono dust free eraser (a dust free eraser, but not one of the best dust free erasers).



This eraser has much stronger sprue and flow marks than the Senator eraser did. Unfortunately I can’t take a comparison photo as I have given my Senator erasers away (I think to Hen from Rad and Hungry).


The sprue marks are quite obvious



For the price I have paid these are excellent erasers. Performance for a not dust free eraser is excellent.

Comparison Lego / Mono dust free eraser

Comparison Lego / Mono dust free eraser

Prices: April 2010, January 2012, February 2015

Exchange rates: March 2015

  1. They were more very expensive in the UK, I’m not sure about the situation in other countries []

Happy Birthday… 8

Happy Birthday Mars plastic eraser!

Mars plastic

You’ve helped us out of our misery for 50 years.

To celebrate this occasion there’s an anniversary edition

  • of the eraser (Art. no. 526 50BK3A)
  • of the single hole sharpener (Art. no. 510 10 PR1)
  • and of the double hole sharpener (Art. no. 510 20 PR1) …among others.

To the next 50 years!

I’d like to thank Mr Schindler from Staedtler for sending me the free samples that can be seen in the picture.

You can read more about the wedge sharpener in this blog post and more about the the stick version of the Mars plastic in this blog post.