I’m thankful for my readers. (In fact, I’m thankful I still have readers, considering I only posted four times in 2012.) I really hope I can ramp up my posting a bit more this year.1
Anyhow, this came in last week from someone who stumbled across my site after looking for information about Blackwings.
Do you know of any Blackwing-like eraser tops that you can buy as separate items and attach to a regular pencil? I’ve googled but haven’t found anything for sale.
The flat, angular shape of the Blackwing eraser is fantastic. Unfortunately, the pencils are too soft for my taste. I like F and #3 pencils and higher, and they come either with lousy erasers or none at all.
Block erasers are too wide and quickly lose any sharp angle they started with.
The eraser tops you can buy at CVS or any place like that and stick over the top of the pencil are of inferior material, and the base splits fairly soon and they become useless.
I feel for you, dear reader. I don’t use pencil toppers myself — I don’t like the extra weight they add to my pencil. On the other end of the spectrum, (and I know I’ll get some flack from some pencil purists here) I’m usually not a fan of the pencils that aren’t topped with anything, just capped. I think they feel too light and, even if I know they’re of great quality, cheap. I’m typically a fan with a pencil with eraser attached.
I’m afraid something as interesting as a Blackwing-like pencil topper does not exist. If you don’t like the softness of the Blackwing, you could also get some Blackwings, a Dremel and some wood glue and swap the ferrule out with your favorite pencil like Sean from the Blackwing Pages did:
To be honest, I haven’t really seen any good quality pencil toppers around lately. Either they’re all cutesy little monster toppers, or some kind of novelty. Or, of course, you have your standard little PaperMate arrowhead erasers, but you’re absolutely right. They are inferior.
When I used to blog at PencilsThings.com (back when they had a blog), I got a really handy little clear plastic topper that doubled as a point protector, and had a very fair-quality eraser on the end of it. After poring over the site as it is now, I don’t see anything even close to that.
I’m sorry I don’t have a good answer for you! Other readers, do you have a good be-erasered pencil topper you use that fits the needs of the message above? Let me know in the comments!