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Really? I'm Not Sure If I Find This Amazing Or Ridiculous.


dan in montreal
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I'm sure a lot of people here receive the Jetpens newsletter in their email. When I saw this today, I had to ask myself if I could one day bring myself to buy this thing, as I frequently use wooden pencils and erasers. Even the promo video is tongue in cheek and the thing looks like a joke to me... I'm a stationary freak like a lot of you out, but this... I don't know.

Would any of you pencil users buy (and actually use) an item like this? I really am curious.

Here it is:

http://www.jetpens.com/Midori-Eraser-Dust-Mini-Cleaner-II-Blue/pd/12947

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I wouldn't but then again I almost never use pencils, except for Scantron.

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The alternative that is usually done is the eraser crud is brushed onto the floor.

So I can see the value if you are on carpet, as you would not want the eraser crud going into the carpet.

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When most drafting was done with pencils at a slanted desk there was almost always a brush on the surface easily grabbed to sweep those erasure leavings off the image. If I had to erase a lot I might consider it, but it looks fairly small and is a little expensive for what it does.

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If I used pencil more often, I'd consider it. My current system involves using my hand to sweep eraser "dust" onto the floor and then later on vacuuming it. That seems like it'd eliminate two steps. ;)

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If I used pencil more often, I'd consider it. My current system involves using my hand to sweep eraser "dust" onto the floor and then later on vacuuming it. That seems like it'd eliminate two steps. ;)

 

Yep, that's what I do. I have to vacuum anyway, so there you go. For some reason, it reminds me of the most wonderful of inventions, the Rotato!

 

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When most drafting was done with pencils at a slanted desk there was almost always a brush on the surface easily grabbed to sweep those erasure leavings off the image. If I had to erase a lot I might consider it, but it looks fairly small and is a little expensive for what it does.

I was thinking along this line, as well. The draftsman brush is actually quite expensive, in 2014. My buddy, Phil, draws in pencil and

colors with ink. Any dirt on the paper is havoc for the ink that follows. Phil uses a very soft sweeper brush, and a low-intensity hair

dryer. He doesn't think much of the toy.

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Back in my drafting days, I'd have used it!

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Oh I used to have this but have probably given it away. It's quite an old design so I'm surprised to see it. It works and it's cute although somewhat unnecessary.

 

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Yep, that's what I do. I have to vacuum anyway, so there you go. For some reason, it reminds me of the most wonderful of inventions, the Rotato!

 

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He's the little cleanup robot from Wall-E. :)

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Now if it would clean up those little paper punch circles that resist being picked up by fingers: maybe, maybe it would be worth a try. I usually use a dough eraser that doesn't leave behind crumbs plus it would take up space on an already overcrowded desk. But, maybe if it picked up those pesky paper punch circles! And, if it could be painted with acrylic paint to look like a little car my grandson might have fun playing with it.

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I love the feel of a wooden pencil. But they are not all the same. The Blackwings are a favorite (probably because of a higher quality of graphite and are used sparingly. I recognize that mechanical pencils have their own unique charms.

With regard to the eraser I personally I prefer to use the white vinyl,eg, MagicRub erasers by Faber Castell. They don't smudge and never seem to dry out like the regular erasers do. When I have to use a regular eraser I always have a piece of fine grit sandpaper on hand to rub the eraser on. It seems to make it work better by not smudging. They seem to dry out and/or collect body oil both of which are causes of smudging.

That being said this looks like a great stocking stuffer

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Looks like fun.

 

I do use mechanical pencils and I think this little gizmo would encourage mistakes. No point letting it sit in its garage all day, is there?

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Some people have so much money they just want something to spend money on.

Come on... People BUY trash bags quite literally for the purpose of throwing them away. Throwing away money, right? In a sense. So I use old dry cleaning bags, they work great, and they're free and plentiful.

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It looks like the best use for it would be to stick it unto the wall in it`s original packaging

(like I do with my Midori cutter - cool design object).

Useful?

Compared to my broad brush (20 cm): Hardly!

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I still have my horse hair drafting brush from junior high school but if this gadget picks up crumbs from cheese Danish I'd be very tempted. That wet sugar stuff from the Danish gives me fits with my drafting brush.

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Well I wouldn't buy one mainly because I don't use a pencil much (and my desk is already full as it is). But I think it's certainly not a bad idea in the eyes of some people.

Plus, it's cute and the design is appealing all around. The video on the website is quite elaborate for s/th so...small and well made.

There seems to be a pun in the slogan, but I don't get it: 'Sweeps anywhere passes' Can someone explain this to me? I love me a good pun.

I even throw you the link to the vid on youtube and the right position in the video. that's how serious I'm about this. http://youtu.be/qS8JdnJNcZU?t=2m14s

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