Product Type: Bic in Homeware
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Bic Cristal Ball Point Pen
Member Name: rolandrat
Bic Cristal Ball Point Pen
Advantages: Inexpensive, long lasting and reliable
===Why I Got This===
Everyone needs pens at some time or other and if your home is anything like mine you can never find a pen quickly when you need one - or else the one you find does not work. I therefore in future intend to stick to my trusty Bic Crystals instead of cheap or free biros which never work very well, leave blobs of ink on the paper or which run out when it looks like they have plenty of ink left in them.
Bic Biros are now know the world over. The famous Biro ball point pen was patented by Laszlo Bíró in Paris in 1938. Marcel Bich (to become known as Bic) later found a thickness of ink which neither leaked nor clogged and under a licence from Bíró launched the Crystal in 1950.
Bic Crystal Pens have been on sale ever since.
Ball point pen approximately 6 inches long and 9mm diameter.
The Crystal pen is a tube of coloured ink held with a transparent ten sided tube of clear plastic.
The end of the tube has a disc relating to what colour ink it has and the push on cap is also the same colour. The ink comes out via a small metal roller ball.
The lid has a safety hole to prevent choking by young children if swallowed and the clear tube also has a tiny air hole to regulate air pressure.
The cap has a piece of plastic attached so men can put it neatly into their top pocket - or girls in their school blazers back in the day when they wore them.
The pen comes in four colours - Black, Blue, Red and Green.
Quality ink, quick drying and smooth writing and has a tungsten carbide ball.
Supposedly it has up to 2 kilometres writing length.
The Crystal is the original Bic Biro but is has also come out in other formats such as a slimmer one designed for women.
I am not sure of the single cost as the way I buy them is 10 for about £2.50 on Amazon - which is about 25p each. Obviously if you buy singly they will cost a little more.
Bic Biros were always a part of our home life way back in the 1960s when they were all my father would use - and the colour had to be Black!
I am sure we all take ballpoint pens for granted these days but writing in years gone by with fiddly fountain pens could be quite messy. Thus the invention and sale of these clean and efficient pens from the 1950s was a great stride forward.
Not only had the design stood the test of time but they are clean, efficient and inexpensive. The weird thing is that although these pens are cheaP to buy, they are not cheap to look at and you do not look out of place using one anywhere - which cannot be said for lots of other pens, some of which are much more expensive.
When you buy one of these pens you know you are getting quality - a product that has no fancy frills but one that will just work when you need it to. Often with other pens you do not really know what you are getting and paying more for them does not mean they are going to be more reliable.
Going back to school days, both my own and my sons, if there was an exam to be taken we always had Bics - because you knew you could depend on them not to let you down. They would write evenly and cleanly without leaving any ink spots on the paper or unexpectedly running out of ink. A great advantage of these pens is that you can see the tube of ink inside and so can see how much ink you have left.
Personally I always prefer black ink but will also buy blue on occasions as well. The odd red pen is handy to have around for making quick notes or highlighting parts of Agendas etc but I never really use the green ones - I am not really sure who does like green ink. I know red used to be used a lot by schoolteachers in years gone past when they were marking essays and coursework.
These are very inexpensive pens but also reliable - which is not what you get form many other pens. Bic Biros can be bought almost anywhere - Newsagents, Garages, Post Offices, Supermarkets, Stationers and also online at places such at W.H.Smith, Ebay or Amazon.
The more you buy in bulk the cheaper the pens become but I find that the set of 10 from Amazon for under £2.50 is fine for me and lasts absolutely ages - and I only have to re-purchase mainly due to other people walking off with them, rather than them ever getting the chance to actually run out of ink.
As part of my local History Group I have drafted eleven books so while a lot of work is done on the computer there is also a lot of note taking and correcting to be done by hand and I find these pens completely reliable - in fact I do not think I have ever had a faulty one.
I have not bothered to buy the slimline pens aimed for women as I have never found any problem using these pens at all - not even as a child. They are easy to hold and use as they are.
Bic Biros are now a design classic having remained unchanged for over 60 years - they even have a Bic Biro Chandelier at the Science Museum.
===Would I Recommend?===
Summary: Inexpensive but still the best - reliable Bic Crystal Biros
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