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Palomino Blackwing Replacement Eraser
Make mistakes with abandon. Cross nothing out. Black, white and pink replacement erasers for the Palomino Blackwing and the Blackwing 602. 10-pack. Made in Japan. (
Mistakes were meant to be made. No one knows this better than the manufacturers of the Palomino Blackwing and the vast army of composers, writers, note-takers and mathematicians who have written (and erased) miles of scrawled graphite with their beloved Blackwings. And these replaceable erasers mean you can rework a sentence, an equation, a musical score as often as you need — and the pencil will never outlive the eraser.
The erasers are made out of thermoplastic elastomere, a synthetic rubber. This means that the erasers not only age better, but they require less energy to be made. The rectangular shape provides more surface area and keeps the pencil from rolling off the desk and onto the floor.
The replacements fit easily and snugly into the clamp of a Blackwing pencil (known technically as the "ferrule"). Should the eraser outlive the pencil, no need to waste it. Simply pluck it off and save it for a day more laden with error.
Use & Care
They come in three colors: black, white or the original 1934 pink. The choice is up to you: all three colors erase the same. Traditionalists tend to prefer pink, but the Palomino was envisioned with white and the Blackwing 602 with black.
To replace an eraser, slip out the metal clamp, tuck in a new eraser and return it to the back end of the Blackwing.
Production & Design
The replaceable, rectangular eraser on the Blackwing is the design choice that makes it different, but also the one that signed its original death warrant. When the very last machine that made the Blackwing's rectangular eraser clamp broke, rather than fixing it, Eberhard Faber simply discontinued production.
Lucky for the Blackwing, its virtues were revered enough that Palomino resurrected it from the pencil graveyard, re-making the Blackwing from clamp to lead.
In the past, natural rubber erasers needed to be vulcanized chemically treated with heat to bind the polymers together for the right texture and pliability. While this process proved revolutionary for Charles Goodyear and his famous tires, it isn't ideal for rubbing out graphite. Using thermoplastic elastomere results in an eraser that is soft, durable, long-lasting, and easy to dye with handsome inks. In remaking the Blackwing, Palomino chose to update the material to the more effective.