Maped Kneadable Eraser: the Pros and Cons

If I had to choose the only type of rubbers, I would prefer kneaded erasers. But would that be ones from Maped?

The Key Features of the Product

A new Maped rubber looks like a grey bar in protective plastic wrapping. On the back of the wrapping, there is a merchandise mark indicating: the item has been manufactured in France.

The pliable mass resembles putty, has a faint odor of gum.

The eraser works on the same principle as any similar art tool. Changing its shape, you use it either for precise correction or for lightening large areas.

The soft material absorbs graphite gently, without tearing the paper. Charcoal, sepia, sanguine may be erased with Maped as well.

Look at the photo below. Thanks to the roughness of the paper, the pigment penetrates deeply enough, yet the rubber helps me to remove it.

What frustrates me about that ‘putty’ is its stickiness. My Maped collects both pigmented particles and dust with equal success.

Worse still, it makes fingers gluey; they also get dirty. I have to wash hands constantly, otherwise, I can smear the paper.

The eraser stays very stickily even after a few weeks of using.

Prismacolour, Faber-Castell, Cretacolor kneaded erasers are much more solid. They better hold their shape, as a result.

In summary, the Maped rubber is not useless but not great. It will serve me for some time, however, I won’t buy kneaded erasers of that brand again.

Helen Dickinson
Helen Dickinson

Hi! I am Helen, an artist. My favorite art supplies are watercolor paints, brushes and paper, but I also enjoy experimenting with the other materials. Maybe, my knowledges will be useful for you.

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