Design Artgum eraser

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Artgum® eraser


[Sanford Corp formerly Faber-Castell] A registered trademark for a Factice eraser. Design® Artgum® is composed of vulcanized Vegetable oil. The erasers do not contain Rubber. Artgum® erasers are soft and noncorrosive, but leave numerous small yellow crumbs that darken with age (Estabrook, 1989). The crumbs can be removed with a vacuum or brushing. Surface pH measurement of the Artgum® erasers gave a basic pH value of 10.74 (Estabrook, 1989).

The non-rubber option is a vinyl eraser, such as Magic Rub by Prismacolor.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Design Artgum eraser; Art Gum eraser; soap eraser


  • Residual sulfur and/or chloride may be present from oil vulcanization.
  • Dick Blick: MSDS

Resources and Citations

  • E.Estabrook "Considerations of the Effect of Erasers on Cotton Fabric" JAIC 28:79-96, 1989. Link
  • E. J. Pearlstein, D. Cabelli, A. King, & N. Indictor :Effects of Eraser Treatment on Paper" JAIC 22(1):1-12, 1982. Link
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)