Product Type: Bic in Homeware
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Bic Cristal Ball Point Pen
Member Name: helenc72
Bic Cristal Ball Point Pen
Advantages: Cheap, writes smoothly and neatly, easy to hold, dont leak, clearly see the colour
As a student I get through a fair amount of stationery and one thing I can be a bit fussy about is good pens, as I need them to be reliable and I hate it when pens run out too quickly or smudge a lot. These Bic ball points are ones which I definitely feel I can trust.
These pens are widely available and can easily be bought in a lot of places as they are probably the most popular brand of ball points. I bought my last pack of 4 black pens from Tesco and I think I paid about £1 for this, which is great value for such good quality pens, especially considering I recently paid £2 for one pen from Scribbler which ran out within about 2 weeks!
These pens most commonly come in black or blue, and the colour can be seen due to the colour of the lid and the end, and as the outer body is clear plastic, you can also see the colour of the ink inside too so there can be no confusion. They look basic but I like this as in the past I have occasionally bought wrong coloured pens as the colour was not clear from the patterned design on the outside. These are also available in other colours like red and green which are also useful. We used to have to use the red and green in our German vocab books at school to mark the noun genders, so these are handy for students. Red obviously also comes in handy for teachers marking!
These pens are easy to hold and comfy to use. They are a fairly standard size and look. The best thing about them in my opinion is that they write smoothly and neatly, with no smudging, the ink does not go splodge or uneven, they hardly ever leak or cause a mess, and they last for ages. One of these pens can easily last a good few months for me and therefore I definitely get great value out of them. I always take a few pens into an exam because I am paranoid about pens running out, but with a couple of these Bics there is really no reason to worry!
When writing with these I find they are not scratchy at all and the ink looks fairly dark, not too washed out or feeble. This makes my writing look neater as sometimes my handwriting is really spidery if I don't like the pen!
They do have a lid so this makes them safer to carry in your bag without them marking anything. The outside is only made of plastic so occasionally they can break or be crushed but you do have to be fairly rough to make this happen so it's not a big issue to me.
Over all I have no real criticism of these trusty and reliable cheap pens. To me this is the best standard cheap ball point and I will carry on using them and recommend them to any student.
Summary: A great every day pen
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