I might be a little biased ;), but I'm writing this review because I know alot of people think they dont need a specific tool for rub-ons. Really you do! What's different about this tool as compared to a stylus or popsicle stick is the NON-friction application. The rub-on roller's ball bearing is hanging from a suspension spring so that the ball moves over the paper easily and effortlessly (alot like a ball point pen), without dragging or getting caught on the paper backing. What this means especially, is that the paper doesn't skip or move on you causing those rub-ons to break or crack. It doesn't take alot of pressure and it's tip is narrow enough to allow for precision application of those tightly packed and delicate/fine rub-ons.
I love, *LOVE* this rub-on tool! It has a large, smooth rolling ball point similiar to a ball point pen that makes intricate, small, or crunched together rub-ons easy to apply. It has a nice solid feel about it too, and a comfort grip. The paddle end is also awesome. Not only is it a great way to go over your rub-on again to make sure it adheres well, but I've also used it as a "spatual" to lift up cardstock, paper, and other embellishments when I didn't like the initial placement. This helps keep those items from crinkling when doing that. All in all, a great tool.
I must say that I was a little skeptical when I saw this. But I used it for the first time this past weekend, and I was delighted!! I purposely tried it for the first time on some of my rub-on alphas that I knew were pretty difficult. But with the Basic Grey Rub-on tool, it was smooth and easy!! I was like a little kid playing with their favorite toy - giddy and excited!
If you use alot of rub-ons on your projects...run, run right now to the sb.com superstore and put this tool in your cart immediately!! I'm here to tell you, that you will not regret it!!