Today, we're talking with our friend and fellow podcaster, Harry C. Marks, about a post he made in the Erasable Facebook group about stationery companies releasing quarterly subscriptions — how can they sustain these constant reinterpretations of notebooks and pencils? Are their tweaks and reinventions a response to their customers' wants and needs? Or are customers reacting to the constant new releases? A political news show-style conversation ensues.
You may notice that there is no episode 68 — that's because the last time we recorded, we ended up with unusable audio. That's a shame, so we decided to leave a place for it in the episode lineup. Pour a little out for our fallen audio. Read More
Tonight, we get to talk to someone responsible for designing pencils! Perhaps you have marvelled at the swelt Bridge Pencils or the rare Jumbo Hex pencils from Hester & Cook. Andy and Johnny get to talk to Music City-based Courtney Cochran, the talented designer behind Hester & Cook’s stationery. Read More
2016 is fast fading and might go down as the year that erased the most celebrities. But not everything that happened this year sucked. We got another year of Blackwing Volumes and Field Notes, and Write Notepads released their membership to wide acclaim. Tune in to wave goodbye to 2016 with Andy, Johnny, and Tim, as they rap about their favorite pencil and stationery items of 2016. Read More
It’s that time of year where we’re all thinking not only about the gifts which we would like to receive—but also the gifts we would like to give. To that end, Andy, Johnny, and Tim are joined by Caroline and Caitlin from CW Pencil Enterprise, to talk about suggestions for holiday giving. Read More
Tonight, Tim is back after paternity/Cubs leave. He, Andy, and Johnny update their top fives for the first time in almost a year. Check out the cross-overs and the arguments about which pencil is Top Dog Number One. Read More
Tim is taking a bit of paternity leave, in order to welcome his daughter into the world. Andy and Johnny are joined tonight by Less Harper, artist, art therapist, and pencil hero. We’ll be discussing composition books, as a segway into National Novel Writing Month, which starts today. Tune in, and compose yourself accordingly. Read More
Today, we’re excited to be the first to cover the birth of a brand-new pencil, the Baron Fig Archer. To celebrate, we’ve invited Joey Cofone and Adam Kornfield, the founders, onto the show to celebrate! We get graphitey and gritty with them as we discuss the company’s origins, its future and dig into the details of the Archer. Read More
This fall, the quarterly editions of three of our favorite brands all came out within a week. Join Andy, Johnny, and special guest Chris Rothe of Baltimore’s own Write Notepads & Co. as we discuss the latest Field Notes Lunacy Edition, Blackwing Volume 344, and of course Write Pads’ Royal Blue Edition. Fall in! Read More
For an in-between weeks episode, your three brave hosts are joined by intrepid hostess Caitlin, recording from the CW Pencils Graphite Mines with Andy while he's in New York City. Tonight, we tackle yellow pencils, and not the cowardly kind. Find out if any of these canary-colored beasts are worth your time, money, consideration, and sharpener wear. Read More
Tonight, your hosts take you on a tour of the Back-To-School season of 2016. We run through our favorite back-to-school supplies of this year. If you could go back in time a month, this episode might make your life easier. As it is, you can just reminisce about your frenzied trip down the BtS aisle at Target, dumping crates of ten-cent composition notebooks and brightly striped Ticonderogas into your cart. Read More
Bleistifte! We’ve discussed Japanese pencils and American pencils at length, but we’ve seemingly overlooked products from that great pencil-producing country, Germany. Join Andy, Johnny, and Tim as they discuss a bit of the history of pencil-making in Germany and what makes German pencils so special. Ausgezeichnet! Read More
Have you ever wondered where those funny pencils with a #2 and a fraction pencils fit into the hardness/softness scale of pencils? These are your #2 1/2s, your F grades. Today, we explore that funny little half-grade that exists between HB and H, between #2 and #3. Plus a Snapchat update from Tim, gifts for Johnny, and a plea to Blackwing from Andy. Read More
Johnny's not with us today, but he has a good excuse. Instead, we're honored to be joined by Caitlin Elgin, a genuine Pencil Lady from Pencils.com. We're just talking about our Fresh Points, including a discussion about the new Blackwing Volume 56 (for our 56th episode — coincidence?!), Write Notepad's edition, an update to the CW Pencil shop and a shipment of bright, shiny Indian pencils. Read More
There have been some great releases from the USA in the last few weeks, and we are waiting to see what Blackwing has cooking up for us. While we wax both critical and hopeful on these and other topics, we are joined tonight by Slate’s June Thomas — back herself from other shores, where the stationery getting is good. Tune in for a Worldwide Pencil Party like no other. Tonight’s episode is sponsored by our friends at Write Notepads & Co., whose summer release, The Kindred Spirit, hits members’ mailboxes this week.
This episode is sponsored by Write Notepads & Co, now with a membership program! For $99 a year, you get access to their super limited quarterly releases. Check out their website for more information. Read More
After more than 50 episodes, we finally tackle our namesake: erasers. We're joined by our good friend and Veteran Eraser Destroyer Ana Reinert of The Well Appointed Desk (and now also of the Art Supply Posse podcast!). Listen in as we discuss aspects of erasers that we look for and some running-down of our favorite erasers.
This episode is sponsored by CW Pencil Enterprise, purveyors of superior graphite. Now through Monday, June 20, CW Pencils is offering an Erasable Eraser pack, with five erasers curated by Andy, Tim, Johnny, Ana and Caroline. Buy a pack on their site for just $4.50, 25% off retail price for individual erasers. Read More
Get out your Stars and Stripes, and get to wavin’. Tonight, we are presenting the second episode in which we explore pencils made in the Land of the Free. Stay tuned to find out how to save 15% on pencils by a certain American brand we know and love with tonight’s sponsor.
This episode is sponsored by CW Pencils, purveyors or superior graphite. From now through June 4, all Erasable listeners can get 15% off all General's products. To take advantage of this offer, build your cart and upon checkout, enter the discount code "ERASABLE". This order is only good once per customer, so be sure to order everything you need in one go! Read More
The butt. The tip. The non-business end. In Episode 52, we are discussing the backends of pencils -- those colorful dips, those precise plastic caps, the naked rears, and the eraserless ferrules. Join your most Up Front hosts as we discuss the seemingly meaningless end of the pencil. We also rap about the Pencil of the Episode: a Swiss neon pencil from sponsor CW Pencil Enterprise. Read More
We’ve hinted. We’ve teased. Now we finally get Phat and talk about wide-bodied pencils. What are they good for? What are the best? How old can we be and still use them? Listen in, and find out about all this and more.
This episode is sponsored by CW Pencil Enterprise — Now through Sunday, May 8, buy two JR Moon Big Dipper jumbo pencils from their website, and get one free! Just add multiples of two of these pencils to your cart, mention "Erasable" in the Order Notes, and they'll automatically include an extra one for every two. Limit ten free pencils. Read More
Tonight, experience our revamped Pencils 101, with some basic — and not so basic — information and strategies for Your Best Pencil Practices. On the occasion of our fiftieth episode, Andy, Johnny, and Tim are proud to present: What To Look For In a Pencil. Read More
We’re delving deep into the world’s greatest writing utensil: pens. Later, Brad Dowdy of the Pen Addict joins us to give his tips on selecting a pen that is superior to whatever janky pencil you’re using. Read More