Welcome to Monday and blog post day. This is a tools and info post – because I’m having a lack of brain day.
The lovely folks over at Pen Chalet sent out a fantastic infographic that explains fountain pen anatomy. So if you’re into that kind of thing – here’s some cool facts about why fountain pens are both awesome and versatile.
For the review portion… This is a weird little thing I picked up on JetPens.com. It’s one of those weird things you didn’t know you wanted or needed until you actually get one. And if you’re a pencil user – especially one who makes ample use of erasers – this is something you should totally look into… the Eraser Dust Mini Cleaner II from Midori. Not only is it amazingly useful, it’s kind of fun just to play around with if you’re stressed out or just procrastinating.
The Midori Mini Cleaner II comes in three colors – clear, blue, and pink. It has a rotating double brush in a rounded plastic housing with wheels. It’s kind of travel mouse shaped, but with wheels it acts like a toy car. The brushes sweep the eraser crumbs into a little bin. The base of the container has a door that allows for easy clearing of the crumbs. The eraser is just over an inch high, about 2.5 inches long, and just under 2 inches wide.
It’s one of those impulsive things that you would think wouldn’t actually work, but it actually does. I’ve used it at work to help clean up after quite a bit of eraser use. And I really do have to admit to going that extra bit of then doing little car races around my desk. I’m not twelve or anything… no, not me.
It’s not super cheap, but it’s not that expensive. If you do use a lot of eraser – either as an artist or just a messy writer (that would be me) when it comes to pencils – and like to keep your work area kind of clean, this is for you. I’m not overly fond of just sweep eraser crumbs off onto the floor – or super coordinated to juggle trash cans. I find this bugger really useful. You might too.
1. How does it work? – 0.5 It’s decent. Does it pick up EVERYTHING? No, but it does work and it is a lot of fun.
2. Grip and feel – 1 – This is no frills plastic. But the rounded plastic fits well in my hand and the wheels roll well.
3. Material – 1 It’s a no frills plastic with a purpose.
4. Overall Design – 1 – It’s a cool looking, fun tool. The wheels roll easily. The brushes pick up crumbs. The bin cover is secure.
5. Price Point – 0.5 – It’s a touch on the expensive side. These run $7.75 on JetPens. It seems a bit pricey, but for all the uses – and lets face it, the fun – it’s not an unreasonable investment.
4.0 out of 5 Bronze Pencils