Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Uni-Ball Propus Erasable Highlighter

Looking at highlighters I decided to try this Uni-Ball Propus erasable yellow pen. The idea that a highlighter could be erased has a certain appeal to me, but I didn't think it would take away all of the ink so I didn't have very high hopes.

Actually, the erasing went quite well. The yellow color is more neon with a green tinge to it (I'm thinking black light), and while I needed to put a lot of pressure on the eraser it did take off the yellow ink. The eraser crumblies left in the wake actually seemed to cling to the paper a bit and took two or three brushing to clean off this notebook.

I should add that this Propus isn't smear-proof, using it with a ballpoint pen left a black stain on the tip of the highlighter and a smear on the first line. However, the stain did lessen as I used the highlighter so I'll only take away half a star.

Finally, the tip of the pen is depressed initially to get ink to flow down, then you pump every once in awhile to get more ink on the tip.

An interesting concept, and if you want to get rid of all the markings in a book to sell or trade it then this is the highlighter to use.


  1. I'd be interested to know how this'll work out in the longrun. I've used Marvy erasable highlighters before, and have found that a few weeks after erasing something, the ink comes back but in a different shade. For example, orange highlighter ink disappears, but then a couple weeks later there's a big pink line there.

  2. That's strange, I will have to check back and see if the erased areas have colored.

  3. Yup! I also found that it was more likely to happen (the line came back faster and brighter) if I erased before the original ink was dry. For example, when I was trying it out for the first time, I drew a line with the highlighter then erased a smiley face into it. Looked great for about a day, then the face faded to orange. Now it's just a blob. Only one of the colors actually did manage to stay away once erased.