Product Type: Bic in Homeware
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Papermate are still the best biro's!
Member Name: Seven17
Advantages: Good quality pens, not much packaging
Disadvantages: A little more expensive, not that comfortable compared to papermate 2020
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.
Summary: I'd still have the papermate stick 2020's
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