Product Type: Bic in Homeware
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Bic Cristal Ball Point Pen
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Bic Cristal Ball Point Pen
Advantages: reliable, long lasting, comfortable to hold, great value/price, widely avaliable
Disadvantages: the cap if children get hold of it
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The Bic Cristal pens are commonly known and the Bic Pen which is an inexpensive, disposable ball point pen which comes in various different colours. The pen has a hexagonal shape which was originally taken from the wooden pencil design. The pen is made from a clear plastic which has three grip points which helps to give high writing stability when using the pen. As the pen is made from a clear plastic it means you can see the ink level, so you know when you need to purchase another one. The pen has a brass coloured tip with a small ball bearing which allows the ink to flow out of the pen without clogging up or leaking. The pen comes with a plastic cap which refers to the colour of the ink in the pen. The cap has a small hole in the lid which actually prevents suffocations if children suck it into the throat (although hopefully this would never happen). The pen is one of the world's most efficient pens which are able to write over 100,000 words. I remember seeing these pens around at a very young age as I remember my mother having a few of these in her desk drawer as she used to work from home. The pens come in 4 different colours including Black, Blue, Red and Green. These can be purchased individually or in packs of one colour or mixed colours.
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You can purchase the pens from a number of different shops including Ryman, WHSmith's, Paperchase and other stationery shops as well as some supermarkets. Prices in different stores may vary at different times of the year.
* Single Pen - 0.49p
* Pack of 5 - £1.79
* Pack of 10 - £3.49
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I purchased a pack of mixed colours from my local WHSmith store, this included a total of 10 pens of which 4 were black, 2 blue, 2 green and 2 red. The pens come in a plastic hanging type bag which has a clear window at the front so you can see the pens inside the packet. The colour of the bag the pens come in is a bright yellow/orange colour which is what all the Bic Cristal pens come in. You can clearly see that this item is Bic as it has the logo in black on the top of the bag. On the back of the bag it gives you a very small piece of information about the pen; this is printed in a number of different languages. The bag is really easy to open and I often take one pen out as and when I need it and keep the bag of pens in my desk drawer (otherwise they tend to go missing!).
Using the Pen
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I regularly use these pens at work as I find them reliable and long lasting; they are also comfortable to hold when using them. I normally purchase a pack of mixed colours as I tend to use all of the different colours at work for different things. I don't do a huge amount of writing at work but there will be a few occasions when I have to use the pen for a short amount of time. Although the pen is made from plastic, I find it comfortable and easy to hold when using it. I normally take the cap off the lid and put it on the top of the pen when using it. Quite often the cap the pens do go missing and sometimes I even actually throw these in the bin. The ink in the pen flows out easily and doesn't cause any glooping on pages. The ink sometimes needs time to dry as it can smudge, how-ever this doesn't take long. I like the fact that I can see the ink level in the pen as I know whether I need to purchase anymore or not before I actually run out. The red pen is a nice bright red and I use this most at work. The green is a darkish green colour, and this is probably the colour I use less often at work. I find that the pen lasts for ages, at least a good few months before the ink has actually run out. As I don't do a lot of writing with the pens they probably last a bit longer than the normal average person would use them. I can buy a pack of these pens and they last me over a year.
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I have been using the pens for a good few years now, not just at work but I used to use them at school as well. I find the pens really long lasting and comfortable to hold, even thought the barrel is made from plastic. The pens are very good quality and I have never had an issue with one of these pen's leaking ink everywhere. In terms of value I think the pens are a very reasonable price. I know other shops do their own brand of pens which look very similar to the style of Bic pens; how-ever I don't think these are as of good quality compared to Bic in terms of the pen itself and the ink. I will continue to purchase packs of these for work as I know they are reliable. Whether you need pens for the office, home or school I highly recommend these to others.
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Summary: Bic Cristal Pen.
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