I had started another post about something else, but something came up. That something is this.
You don’t understand. It’s almost sad, really, but I am so excited about having finally found a replacement eraser for my favourite mechanical pencil. Not only did I find a replacement eraser, but I found the freaking mother lode. Yup, I bought five replacement erasers. Now I don’t have to feel guilty when it comes time to erase something! I no longer have to ration my eraser!
Below: The worn out eraser was making drawing repairs a smudge-fest.
Why does it matter? Why, you might ask, would it even matter? Why not use a separate eraser? Well, I have been using a separate eraser. I have been using a large eraser, but it’s kind of a hassle because it is a separate piece. The beauty of my mechanical pencil is it has everything I need all in one location. It has a clip on it so that it can be attached to my sketchbook at all times. The mechanical function and internal storage of replacement lead negates the use of a sharpener (I hope I used the word “negates” correctly or I’m gonna look like an ass). The built-in eraser completes the all-in-one package. In addition, the built-in eraser is nice for precision, whereas the big eraser obliterates everything.
Below: The new eraser installed on my pencil. I almost can’t wait to screw up so I can try it out!
The main reason this matters to me is I have had this pencil for many, many years. I have grown attached to it. I can’t really remember when I got it, but I’m sure it’s been with me for at least ten years. Possibly fifteen years. In fact, there is a chance that Monica bought me this pencil many years ago. Also, every Crock of Shirt design and most other work that you have seen created by me was initiated by a sketch with this pencil. When the eraser eventually wore out, I was saddened at the possibility that I might have had to find a replacement pencil. A new one. I’d have purchased the same kind just to get the new eraser. It might seem silly to be attached to something so small as a pencil, but I am in tune with details. In a strange way, I am honestly very excited to have found replacement erasers because it means I get to keep my old faithful pencil by my side.
Below: The pencil surrounded by extra erasers. Also notice the shiny eraser cap is on. Pretty rare to still have a cap that hasn’t been lost. A cat could have eaten it. It could have fallen off in the grass at the park. How one of the kids hasn’t lost it is beyond me.
Below: Home sweet home. The pencil is clipped to the side of my sketchbook.