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I have a ton of stationary lying about as I am always having to write envelopes out for something or other. I also love writing lists as I like to know what I have to do and having a list helps me focus and get it done.
I seem to collect pens and have loads of them but the only pen I actually pay money for are BIC pens as I have used these since school and they never let me down. With some pens I can go get one and it looks full but no ink will come out but I never have this problem with BIC pens as they always work for me right up until the ink finally runs out of them.
The pens are available in a variety of colours and I have red, green, black and blue ones though I usually only really use the black and the blue colours especially for writing things like forms and envelopes.
The colours are really dark and clear on the page but the ink doesn't run and go splodgy either. It doesn't soak through my notepads but it might if you are using really cheap paper as the ink is very dark and clear. The ink also dries quickly so it doesn't smudge when I close my notebooks.
They are comfortable to hold in my hand and don't slide through my fingers when writing and I think that the shape of them minimises cramps in my hands when writing for a long time.
The ink inside the pens lasts for ages and I know that I can use a pen for weeks at a time before the ink starts to run out. The ball on the bottom of the pen is also really smooth to use and makes my writing neater than it usually is because it just glides over the paper.
You can buy BIC pens either individually or in packs. I find that the packs work out better value than buying them separately but even with buying one on its own it isn't going to cost a fortune and I have seen them for about 40 pence in stationary shops.
I don't know about you but my favourite kind of biro is the good ol' Bic. I remember when they cost just 19p each and we used to get them in packs of 4 and use them at school but we were only allowed to use black ink. Now that habit is still there and I usually stick to black but the Mrs sometimes rebels against this and buys blue too!
I think I like these pens because they are simple. You know what you're getting. It's nothing super fancy, nothing elaborate or trying to do too many things at once and forgetting what it's main purpose is. Bic biros don't try and do two or three or even twenty three things at once but just are pens and that is all.
They come in a variety of fashions- some with see-through bodies some which are opaque. I personally prefer the see-through ones so i can see the ink levels although this doesn't always mean you know when it will run out as sometimes they trick you and stop working when the ink is full but there's something quite satisfying about being able to see inside the pen.
They are made from plastic and if you are a pen chewer they may crack and break so be careful! We have many a broken pen here thanks to me having a bit of a chew whilst i'm thinking! The pens are difficult to come apart though which is good, it stops me from fiddling with it and then not being able to put it back together.
They do come with lids but these dont make much difference about whether or not they dry out but they are quite good to chew on whilst on the end of the pen. They are a choking hazard so Mrs B tends to just throw them out.
The pens are comfortable to hold. They are hexagonal shaped and this makes it easy to grip and it's thin too which I like. I enjoy writing with these pens, the ink goes on nicely. You have to watch the angle with which you hold it though as sometimes it's easy to make the ink stop flowing!
The only downside is sometimes these like to catch you out by not working when they should do which is why we always have several lying around!
My opinion? Why spend daft amounts of money on fancy glittery pens when you can just buy some 19p biros and everyone's happy?
We always grew up with bic biros lying around the house and today is no different. There are a number of different bic variations you can opt for including the crystal plastic pen (hexagonal shaped barrel, blue, black, red or green ink), the soft grip pen (blue and black) and the multicoloured pen. We tend to have either the original style pen or the comfort grip ones.
These bic pens can be picked up almost anywhere from stationary shops, the corner shops, gift shops and supermarkets. Currently a single crystal pen costs around 59p but a pack of 5 can be ¬£2.99.
To use the pen you simply pull the cap of and begin writing. The ink flows easily and it leaves a strong dark line. The hexagonal barrel makes the pen easy to grip and hold but this can become uncomfortable after a while so if this is the case you can move onto the pens with the comfort grip.
You are supposed to replace the lid after each use but I rarely do and neither do a lot of people seem to when I see them floating around. However, the ink does still flow with ease as soon as you begin writing again so there isn't much point unless you are taking it anywhere to stop it from marking clothes or bags etc.
The pens last a long time. With regular daily us (say at school for example) they can last months at a time. With sporadic use at home they can last months to maybe even years.
I really like these pens and will continue to buy them. They represent good value for money and they are a quality product which prove to be more effective than the other biros available which are often scratchy and poor quality. Recommendei for kids, men and women.
Bics - ranging in price
Being a student I am a massive fan of Bic biros. The range the have to offer is wonderfully wide, and they seem to do the job well.
They have a range of narrow tipped biros - the body of which is orange, and personally I find these to be a little scratchy. Apart from these, there is no Bic biro I have met that I didn't like.
The round stick range is available in pound land currently 10 for the princely sum of one English pound - available in black (I've seen them in different colours also, just not in the pound shop)... The body of these pens is round, and they have a medium tip. Personally I find these to be the most comfortable to write with. The ink seems to flow nicely, and they are nice to hold in my hand while writing reams of notes.
Bic offer a crystal pen also, this has a hexagonal body - personally due to the way I hold pens this can a little uncomfortable for me to hold after a long while - however they also are OK to hold for masses of writing. After a quick scan online, Bic were at one point offering ¬£10 for an empty pen of you could show proof of purchase - they had so much confidence they would last for an age... (Sadly no longer, as I would have been willing to accept that challenge)...
For me the best Bics there are out there, are the more fun ones - the four colour interchangeable ones for example - write black, blue, green and red (they get better)... While at work I need to use black ink, but I do actually prefer to write in blue as a rule. So for me these are the best of both worlds... Again they are comfortable to hold, and use although it can be a little annoying that the red and green tend to last longer than the blue and black inks...
More recently the Bic range has begun to include less 'ordinary' ink colours. These to me are the most fun, they allow me to write my notes in different coloured inks - such a turquoise, pink and purple. These so far have either com in a two colour interchange, or in the hexagonal Bic crystal style pens. The two tone interchangeable pens have been seen two for ¬£1 in poundland - however the more interesting colours are usually priced around ¬£2.99 in places such as Wilkinson.
I find that the Bic range of biros has a wide range to suit most needs, and that as a student I find them to be priced well within the range of what I am able to afford. They write well, and are generally comfortable to hold while writing for a long period of time. The ink can get a little blobby - but I find this to be the case with all biros I have used. These pens have never fallen apart on me while I have been using them, even after a 'good chewing'. In fact the only way I have seen these come to pieces is if I have run them over on my wheelie chair. (to be honest I don't think that much could survive that)... These pens are really well made, and they seem to last forever...
I'd definitely recommend the Bic biro range, as they are just so affordable, and good writers.
5 stars from me.
Having worked for many years as a personal assistant, I know pens and to me some of the best and more inexpensive pens are Bic biro pens. For many years I was in charge of all our stationery ordering in our office in London and these pens were always on our reorder list because everyone in the office liked them. I use them at home now for all my writing needs around the home, I usually always use black because if you are filling in forms they usually ask for black ink only so that's what I like to keep around the house. They do come in red, blue and green too.
There are many varieties of Bic pen but I am reviewing here what is known as the Bic Crystal, which I guess is what you would call the classic Bic pen. It is made of a clear plastic barrel and then has a bendy tube of ink running through it with a nib on the end. The plastic barrel is a hexagon shape which apparently, according to an article I read, "yields an economical use of plastic along with strength and three grip points giving high writing stability."
The history of the humble biro is quite interesting. According to an article I read, "In 1945 after the Second World War, Marcel Bich and Edouard Buffard founded Soci√©t√© PPA (the French acronym standing for "pens, mechanical pencils and accessories") in Clichy, a suburb north of Paris. During the war Bich had seen a ballpoint pen manufactured in Argentina by L√°szl√≥ B√≠r√≥ and between 1949 and 1950 the Bic Cristal was designed by the D√©colletage Plastique design team at Soci√©t√© PPA (later Soci√©t√© Bic). Bich invested in Swiss technology which was funded by Ariel and Rachel capable of cutting and shaping metal down to a hundredth of a millimetre, with the outcome a stainless steel, one millimetre sphere which allowed ink to flow freely. After many tries Bich found a thickness of ink which neither leaked nor clogged and under a licence from B√≠r√≥ launched the Cristal in 1950."
I find these pens really good to grip and I love the way they write. The nib is fairly large so you get a good strong written word with this pen. I find with these they hardly ever loose their ink mid flow so you don't end up having to go over your word again, making it look messy. If they start getting near the end I find that sometimes the ink may separate but in order to stop this all you need to do is remove the little stopper at the end of the pen, blow down the end so the ink warms up and then rub it between your hands.
The lids on these pens are quite functional too. They fit on quite tight and never fall off so its a good way of stopping the ink drying out. Also, the lids have a little stick on the end of them which allows you to slip this pen in a notebook or on your stack of papers so the pen is there when you need to use it.
A good writing pen!
As a university student, I get through a lot of pens during lectures, when studying and doing assignments. Therefore I have tried pretty much every Biro out there. We also have to use Black pen at both work and in university so these tend to be the ones I have used the most. I also find that using gel pens or fountain pens lasts a lot less time than using a Biro so unless i'm writing a letter to someone, I stick with Biro's all the way.
Bic produce black, blue, red and green Biro's. I have got and tried all of these different colours, but as mentioned above, black Biro's definitely get the most use. The ink comes in a clear plastic casing with a black lid that has an arm on it allowing you to attach it to a pocket, or lanyard like I do at work. This reduces that chances of you losing it. The arm has very good grip and so far, I have never had one fall off my lanyard.
The pen has a metal ball point end to filter the ink evenly onto the page when writing. I have never had any trouble with the ink leaking out of the nib, like I have with gel ink pens. The nib of the Bic Biro is medium in size which I really like. I hate thin nibs as I find them really 'scratchy' to write with. Whereas the medium nib size allows you to write effortlessly and smoothly. The ink in the Bic Biro also dries extremely quickly meaning you don't smudge your writing, which at work on important documents is very important.
The black Bic Biro's last AGES! Whilst at university, when I am writing lecture notes all day everyday, my Bic Biro easily lasts me a month which is a lot longer than most other pens. I have also had a few accidents with my Bic Biro's and stood on them, but they still work which is great, especially if you haven't got another pen on you.
A pack of 10 Bic Biro's are ¬£3.33 in Staples.
In Ryman's, they are ¬£0.49 each.
A pack of 10 Bic Biro's are ¬£5.19 in Whsmiths.
A pack of 10 are ¬£2.30 on Amazon.
A pack of 100 are ¬£29.99 on Ebay
I am using computers and laptops more and more these days, due to the increased convenience and speed they offer in comparison to conventional methods of writing - with a pen! But that doesn't mean to say I prefer using an electronic device. I love writing, and will often chose to write over type (for instance, with the placement log-book I'm keeping and updating on a weekly basis). It can be more rewarding and fun to write, I find, but it all depends on the type of pen you're using. I'm not a fan of posh fountain pens, I like plain ball-point style pens by BIC as they are easiest to use and give out the most reliable result.
BIC produce many millions of pens everyday. Although they come in various colours (blue, black, red, and green being the main four), they are all constructed of the same plastics and metals, and all form the same recognisable shape. A coloured plastic lid with arm (so that you can hook it on your pocket), a thin and long body (to maximise area of grip and capacity of ink within), a metal ball-point end (to filter the ink evenly to the page): these are the features of the pen - few and simple, they make the BIC what it is. As for its writing ability, the features of the pen create a reliable formula (of construction) for writing with accurately and over long periods. The ink (filtered from a plastic tube within the body) never splats out, but flows consistently through the nib. The nib (containing the ball-point) rolls effortlessly across the surface of card and paper to create a fast-drying line just a few millimetres across that is clear and concise to the writer and any future reader.
The coloured pens tend to give out less definition. They also tend to stop working quicker, and the ink seems to have trouble passing through the ball-point nib. This might just be my luck, or there may be something scientific behind it (-comment if you know have an idea-). Strangely, the blue pen works as well as the black, despite it being a pen of colour.
BIC's are made to work on a short-term basis, but often end up lasting months. They can be chewed, dropped, trodden on, even snapped, and they will still work. They are very durable and reliable little bits of kit and because of this I tend to be quite careless in their possession. They don't take kindly to water though! Often you'll get companies putting their own logos on there and giving these out for free which is a nice bonus - the fact is, they're cheap as chips and come in large packs. I recommend these pens to anyone needing stationary in the office, home or at school. A top notch brand that according to the Dooyoo description, 'manufacture and sells 24 million stationery products every day around the world'. Highly recommended!
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I am slightly obsessed with making lists and do them for everything so I have pens lying about everywhere. For me the best pens that you can buy are still good old Bic Biros. I find that they last longer than more expensive so called fancy ones and the ink is a nicer colour and they also happen to be more reasonably priced than most other biros that you can buy.
They come in black, blue, red and green but the ones I usually buy are just the plan old black and blue variety. You can tell a Bic biro by its orange colour and matching lid which corresponds to the colour of the ink in the pen.
They have a roller ball on the bottom which doesn't need to be pushed down too hard onto the paper when you are writing to be able to get a nice defined colour and they are pretty much the perfect size for writing as writing doesn't look too thick or too thin.
The colour that comes from the pens is always nice and dark and doesn't look faint on the paper and I have old school work from years ago that was written with Bic biros that still looks as fresh and defined today as it did all those years ago.
I also find that a biro will last for ages before the ink runs out. You can get months of use out of a single pen before needing to throw it away. They are designed to be thrown away when the ink runs out instead of replacing the ink inside but as they are so cheap this is never a worry. They only cost about 30 pence each which really is amazing value when you think about it.
Bic Biros have been around for so many years and are still going strong as they work really well and have always been really reasonably priced. There is no need to spend an absolute fortune on a pen when these cheap disposable ones do just a good a job for a fraction of the price.
Bic Biro's are pretty much everywhere nowadays, they're the industry standard writing instrument and are all you can expect from a pen. Bic do a very wide variety of different pens in a range of colours but some of them are a little far fetched like their special, overpriced "grip pens" which have a bit of thin rubber on them and that's it.
I have noticed they do some good build quality pens though and particularly with their bic crystal ball point range they have a ver thick plastic casing and then a good solid stick in the middle filled with ink. They are very hard to pull apart and they are not exactly prone to explosions.
Bic don't always make the most comfortable of pens and I often find that the Papermate stick 2020 rival pens actually have better grip even on the standard ones. The grip ones on Bic biros are pretty poor. Too thin, too smooth and just annoying for me personally. They should also be longer.
Bic always cost a bit more than other brands but you get what you pay for. The ink is of better quality than most other biro brands and quite frankly, I think that's worth a couple of extra quid. I hate smudges, I hate ink that refuses to work when it gets 1 degree lower than room temp and I certainly hate ink that dries up on the end of the pen. That is not common on most bic biro's I have owned.
The pens are often widely available to consumers in shops and are really easy to find at any stationer. They come in large boxes or individually depending on where you shop. Makro do boxes of 50, Ryman sell them as 1 pen. They also come in good packaging with no plastic wrapping, and the cardboard box they do come in, actually has a small cut out piece to get easier access to the pens. Useful packaging since it can be used as a pen pot rather than immediately thrown away.
Overall these are high quality pens but I still prefer papermate 2020 sticks which are a little more comfortable to use and have a 1.0mm ball point on all their pens. Bic are also slightly more expensive so it really depends on what you want from a simple biro.
I have tried, bought and experimented with a whole load of pens, some of them being very expensive and said to be brilliant for writing, but I have always found myself coming back to good old Bic Cristal biros. I am the kind of person who gets bored when I use the same pen for too long (and these days I have to do a lot of writing and my hands start to ache after a while), and often find myself wishing I had another type of pen with me to write with. The same did apply with me and these Bic pens; after a long period of writing with nothing but Bic pens, I grew sick of them, claiming that I would never use them again. However, after the same happening with all the other pens I tried, I eventually settled in with using these Bic biros as my main pens.
They come in a variety of different colours (for example, red, green and blue), most of which I do not really need, so I tend to stick with my regular black Bic Cristal pen and buying some of the other colours more rarely when I need to colour code my work.
These biros are quite cheap, especially compared to all those posh and expensive pens you can find nowadays, for example Parker and Lammy pens. Of course, there are many cheaper biros to be found, especially from shops' own brands, but I have found those to be of inferior quality and virtually unusable. As I go through quite a few pens in a short amount of time, I like to order them in bulk from Amazon to save me money. A box of 50 Bic Cristal Medium pens has the full sale price of ¬£21.25, but currently they are on sale for only ¬£8.14, which I think is a great deal considering that this makes it under 20p a pen. These are also sold separately from stationery shops and supermarkets.
Bic pens are good quality, and that quality has been consistent, with no wobbly nibs or cracks. Rarely, though, a Bic pen will break and leak sticky ink should it be jostled about too harshly; however, it is far better quality than many other pens I have used. They feel good to write with, which is good enough for me. The caps of the pens are sturdy and do not easily break, though I do find that I have lost many of them when I have forgotten to recap my pen!
These are very easy to write with, with a smooth and rather strong flow, though not strong enough to show through on the other side of the page. Their is a slick, slightly sticky feeling of the pen when it glides along the paper. The ink flow is consistent, as this is not the start and stop type of pen. With other pens, I have had to scribble on the side of my page at the start to make sure the ink works, but with these I can just pick them up and start writing from the word go.
They do last me for quite a long time unlike some ink pens I have come across, though after several days of intensive writing, they can run out pretty quickly, though much better than most other biros I have used before. I do tend to lose these pens quite often, however, and move onto the next one in the box, only to find my half used pen again months later.
Altogether, these are the easiest option, and they are really good quality pens which you can obtain for a good price. I won't say that these are the only pens I will ever need, since I need a break from them now and again, but they certainly are my most commonly used pens. I would give them 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
As a student using biro's everyday I am always in need of a good pen that wont run out, or break the bank. And, lending out your much needed pens to friends who have 'forgotten' to bring one of their own, usually results in the pens going missing. I tend to replace pens every month or so, and I have probably tried over 10 brands of different pens, including Supermarket basic ranges, to the more expensive pens.
Bic is a well known company and from previous uses, I must say that have to be one of best pens I have ever used. Not only do they last a lot longer than your average biro, but the ink is of high quality, I have never once experienced blotchy writing or smudges on the paper whilst using Bic pens.
The one I most commonly purchase are the Bic medium in Black, which you can usually buy for around ¬£1-¬£1.80 for a packet of four. Yes, for working in an ofice (Where pens goes missing every hour, never to be seen again), it may be a bit pricey, depending on the number of employees, but for pens around the home, taking to school or college they are definitely worth the money.
The pens rarely leak, even when the lids go missing (which most of the time they do) and the tip of the pen is very tightly in, meaning the biro stick inside does not come flying out if for example, you are a pen chewer. If you were to use the same pen for say, 2 hours every day, I would say you would get at least a months use out of it, which, dividing the price by the number of pens in the packet and the amount of time it would last for, works out at, at most 11p a week, not even 2p a day.
Overall, I'd recommend Bic as a trustworthy reliable company producing good quality pens at a reasonable price. If you are still searching for the super pen which you won't be using to write letters to the queen with, stick with Bic.
As an office worker I often find myself trying to solve the common mystery of WHERE DO DISAPPEARING PENS GET TO?! As a company, we must get through hundreds of these each year, but we only employ around 20 people. You can guarantee if you go on holiday you'll come back and every single pen you owned will be missing, so you'll be off for a trip to the stationery cupboard to re-stock.
As a result of this, I think the Bic brand has kept its popularity over the years because it is so cheap and convenient, the pens do what you want them to without any gimmicks or unnecessary complications like everything seems to have these days. They have produced lots of varieties on the Bic biro, but the brand is still the first one that comes to most people's mind when you hear the word 'biro', and it is a true market leader.
When I was at school, we had to use fountain pens until we were a certain age. I can remember the joy when this was no longer the case, and we were allowed to take Bic Biros into school. They are usually clear (although if memory serves me correctly they used to be orange in colour), and you can see how much ink you have left through the clear casing. They come in blue, black and red, and have a corresponding lid so you can easily recognise the colour.
The only downside is that as they come to the end of their lifespan (which is usually a fair while unless they disappear into the pen black hole in the office), they can cause blobs on the paper as the ink clumps together. I think this is the same with all biros though, and that's how you know it's time to replace it.
Luckily they are so cheap (you can probably get a pack of ten for a couple of quid in the supermarket, and as an office buying in bulk they work out next to nothing), they can be disposed of without any guilt and easily replaced.
Bic. That's a name you've known all your life. And in a way, it's as memorable as McDonald's or Nintendo in its field. Bic pens are among the most popular pens sold and, I have to admit, among some of the best.
A lot of the time, when I buy a pen, I tend to go for any old brand in the store, whatever's cheapest, I mean I never think twice about it, it's just a pen, but then I always come to regret it. Supermarket own brands and one pound store large packs always tend to break, run out of ink or simply stop rolling after a ridiculously small amount of time, and it really frustrates me. Then I have a change of heart and buy some Bics and wonder why I didn't in the first place. Even Jerry Seinfeld admits to having Bic pens to write every single episode of his sitcom.
I don't know how much praise you can give to a simple writing utensil, but Bic's pens always do the job, an for a very long time, too. They last far longer than any other pen I have (how long I could never say because I tend to lose them or lend them to someone else before the ink runs out) and the roller at the end stops far less often than some of the other brands.
I do a lot of writing, and now if I have to get pages of writing done without the colour changfing midway because whatever pen I had broke, I go for a Bic.
World famous, or at least I think they are, Bic for me are the benchmark of a good quality, reliable biro pen.
I use these at home and at work and although we sometimes buy cheaper versions, these always feel more reliable and seem to last much longer.
First made in the 1950's, the Bic Biro is one of the enduring images of pen making and is something we use both at work and at home regularly.
The Bic Biro is a ballpoint pen, it is around 15cm long with a transparent hexagonal barrel which holds the main ink cylinder of the pen. It is made from plastic and is easy to break or chew, obviously neither are recommended and it is fairly sturdy but i've seen even the weakest colleague snap one of these in a moment of anger.
The pen comes in four different colours, black, blue, red or green and the lid colour corresponds to the ink colour, the lid has a small hole to ensure you are prevented from choking were you to swallow it, although it is big enough that this would be quite a feat.
The pens are durable, hard wearing and generally you can get up to 3-4 months of use out of them, if the ink cylinder leaks, you can risk ruining clothes or staining your hands, but for the most part these are very reliable.
The pens are available in all good stationers and supermarkets and you can buy them individually for around 30p or in larger packs, we generally buy 50 black pens for ¬£9.99 in Staples which seems like fairly good value. Checking around this is about the average and a 50 pen pack will last us at least a couple of years, although because these are such good value it is easy to leave them laying around and not treat them with respect.
Overall this is a good easy to find pen which offers reliability at a fair price and is probably the best known pen around.
I write and write a lot all day, everyday at work and am forever losing my pens too, or of course lending them out to people and not getting them back!! I realised i was spending a fortune on fancy pens a month, and no wonder i wasnt getting them back!!
I decided that i wasnt going to spend a lot of money on my pens beacuse then the liklihood people would swipe them would be less, hahaha. Bic became my pen of choice.
Bics are incredidibly widely available and are well known by many. Marcel Bich developed the BIC pen back in 1950 would you believe in France, and this cmae over to England in 1957. In the years that followed, many other products followed, such as razors and lighters. Today, the products can be found in pharmacies, newsagents and supermarkets nationawide and are an affordable addition to your household.
I am reviewing the original CRYSTAL pen, the original Bic, but many other pens have made it on our shelves since the launch of this pen, such as the CLIC and ROUNDSTICK.
The CRYSTAL can be bought in green, blue, black and red. These can be bought individually or in packs with all colours included. These pens are classic in that they have a clear shaft with a hexagonal shape to them, and the colour of the ink can be seen through. Depending on the colour of the pen, will determine the colour of the lid, and also the colour of the end of the pen. The lid itself has a clip that you can atach to your uniform or clothing, whichever you are wanting to use. Due to legislation around choking hazards, these pens now have a ventilating cap that meet legal requirements and just push on and off easily.
I find that these pens write really easily, very smooth on the paper due to being ballpoint, but i do find that they linger on the skin if you manage to slip!!
I generally use the black and red pens, and find they are reasonably priced. Around ¬£1-2 depending on where you go and how many of these little gems that you want to buy.
These pens seem to last a while, weeks i would say, but funnily enough my ploy at work to try and get my pens back by using these 'cheapies' hasn't worked????
5/5 for me! - But we arent looking at the same league of pens as a parker, it does for what it is intended, it writes really well!!