Remembering Erasable Pens
Retailers are insane. As a kid I remember how bummed out I was seeing the school supplies come out, heralding the end of summer vacation. Around here it's been several weeks since larger stores trotted out the theme books and the #2 pencils. It's good to be prepared, of course, but holding a "back to school" sale in the single digit days of July? Crazy!
Mine was a refillable pen, but it wasn't long before disposables hit the scene. Putting aside the strangely strong smell, the inkflow was erratic, and the finished result smeared easily (lefties had no chance), forcing our teachers to put the whammy on this innovation. My writing is unstable enough without worrying about whether the ink is going to last or not, so I left the world of erasable ink behind.
Over the years, Papermate worked to improve the reliability of erasable ink, which they did. These new red pens write pretty much the same as a regular ink pen. I've read that the secret was pressurizing the ink, meaning that at Erasermate can write at even steeper angles than a conventional pen. The erasing is less than perfect, but good enough. Funny thing is that I can't really think of a time to use erasable red pen. Accounting perhaps? When I was a teacher, I would have feared my students modifying their grades through careful erasure. Perhaps that's why the red ink doesn't disappear 100%? Too many teachers complained?
Apparently crossword puzzle enthusiasts like erasable ink. The various colors of ink are more vivid than pencil marks, which might be helpful during a tense puzzling session. However it does fly in the face of the bravado you're supposed to show by doing the puzzle in ink. Perhaps it doesn't make much difference. Let's face it, if you're using a crossword to show how fearless you are, I have a feeling you've lost the case before presenting evidence, puzzle man...