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My boyfriend swears by these pens and he bought me a pack to try out for myself. As a biro kind of girl I wasn't convinced I'd get along with them; even though I don't use them that regularly, they are very smooth writers and really do erase properly so they still get a thumbs up from me.
Pilot is a very popular brand with a large range of writing products, so you'd expect good quality from them. Their Frixion Ball erasable pen is a newer invention, though it's not one that hasn't been tried before. I remember using pens with erasable fluid on the other end (and they were awful!) but this using the concept of friction to literally rub out the ink. Th idea is that there's a small 'stud end' on the barrel / main body of the pen, and you rub rapidly to erase writing. It erases using 'friction-generated heat', meaning there are no chemicals or mess. It also means you can write back over it instantly so there's no waiting around when making mistakes, setting it apart from other pretty looking pens.
Talking of pretty, I do like the design of these. They're eye catching with their full-colour plastic body that corresponds to the colour of the ink. There's a silver tribal-style design wrapping around the main part and the brand name on the lid, making it look modern and quite funky. They're also nice to hold because they're smooth and not too chunky or too skinny, and there's a section of rubberised grip for extra comfort. The cap is takes up almost half the length of the pen and clicks on / off nicely whilst also sitting on the top whilst in use securely.
Rather than the erasable novelty of this pen being its biggest bonus for me, I love it because of its smooth writing. It flows with you and makes writing feel quite effortless because it almost glides over paper. There's a huge difference between using this and using a trusty Bic Biro, my favoured choice of pen, and it's mostly in how it writes and how it looks afterwards on the page. It glides over the page and you don't need much effort or force, which also means that erasing it quite easy. The ink doesn't, however, look as dark as I would have expected. It looks a bit 'inky' in the sense that, for instance, black looks slightly grey. Compared to a biro, it doesn't seem as fine or quite as dark, but then again, the Frixion is a rollerball. It's fine for a rollerball too having a 0.7mm tip.
Erasing is quick and very easy, in part because you don't need to push down much when writing. Using friction with the rubberised tip, ink does just disappear without leaving smudges and marks all over the place. I wouldn't say it always completely disappears, but it's definitely far better than I had expected. It doesn't rip apart the paper either as you don't need to do it too vigorously, thus you can easily get away with making mistakes and getting rid of them! Writing back over the area is clean and smooth too, so I would happily use this pen for when I want a smart outcome rather than just for when I'm making my own notes/scribbles at home.
These are available in 8 colours; black, red, blue, green, purple, turquoise, orange, pink. I've got black, purple and a pinky one, and each ink comes out smoothly on the page with good colouring. I do find these to be quite pricey, however, which is a downside for me because at the end of the day, they're still 'just pens'. I don't use these on a frequent, every day basis, but they're great for when you want something a little nicer, a little more special. Or for when you think you're going to be making mistakes!
There is a warning with the pens in the sense that they're not recommended as being suitable for documents that need permanent writing, such as signatures or exam papers. I have noticed that writing can rub off slightly when you don't purposefully rub it out, which is why they also suggest you don't leave writing where it may be exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time. Again, a slight downside, but perhaps this just limits the usage of the pens.
For the aforementioned reason, and their rather expensive price tag, I would recommend these as special pens but not everyday, frequent use ones. None the less, they're funky, smooth writers that do what they promise and get rid of mistakes with ease.
Retails at around £2.99 each (Ryman) or £8.99 for a pack of 3 (WH Smith, includes black, purple, pink/red).
My ten year old son started Middle School in September and, along with lots of other new responsibilities, he now has to provide his own stationery. My son has really enjoyed purchasing lots of new pens and accessories and amongst one of his favourite purchases were these Frixions pen made by Pilot.
We were lucky to find these pens on a 'buy one get one free' offer at Rymans earlier this year, so my son invested in a practical black colour and also a yellow highlighter. The black pen was an excellent choice but I'm not convinced that the highlighter was really an essential purchase for a school boy at his level. There are a range of other more colours too, all available from Rymans, including blue, red and green.
These rollerball pens usually cost £2.99 each which is quite expensive for a single pen. These do boast the unusual benefit of having a built in 'rubber' at the end, allowing the user to erase the ink if a mistake is made. Now, I've used pens that are supposedly 'erasable' in the past, using harsh rubbers which rip the paper to shreds, but this pen is completely different as the ink is erased using the friction of rubbing it. I was impressed by how effective rubbing the ink out actually is as it removes the ink entirely without damaging the paper or smudging at all. Once the space has been written over, there is absolutely no evidence of the original writing whatsoever, which is ideal for homework or for projects where my son wants to show how much care and attention he has taken with his work. The ink does need to be dry before it can be rubbed out but it does dry very quickly, so there is no real delay involved as soon as you realise that a mistake has been made.
Obviously, given the potential for this ink to disappear when friction is applied (and, reportedly, the likelihood of fading over time) this pen is not recommended for use in any legal or official documents. This is certainly not one to use when writing out your last will and testament!
As a pen, this is really smooth and easy to write with. The '0.7 mm tip' doesn't mean a great deal to me but what this equates to, in practice, is a fine but clear line which is easy to direct and control neatly, even for a young child who has only recently moved from pencil on to writing in pen.
The pen itself is a pretty stylish design with a distinctive silver swirl adorning its plastic case. The cap fits securely into place after use to prevent the ink drying up and fits securely over the base when the pen is in use to ensure that even my easily distracted ten year old can't manage to mislay the top. I do like the design and functionality of the pen and think it is an ideal addition to any school child's pencil case.
The only real drawback with these pens is that they haven't lasted particularly well with regular use. Whilst the highlighter hasn't seen a great deal of use as yet, the black pen was used on a daily basis while my son was at school and for homework. Even so, I was disappointed that this pen only lasted for around three weeks before the ink ran out. I would have expected the ink to last for much longer, given the relatively high selling price of the pens.
Refills are available for these pens but we haven't bought any refills or replacements as yet as I'm waiting for the BOGOF offer to start again. At the promotional price, I'll be happy to repurchase as these are an effective and practical option for young children but I don't think the full price offers particularly good value for money, in light of how quickly they run out.
I was introduced to the Pilot Frixion Pen a few months ago when I was given a free pen to try from a stationery supplier, who was clearly hoping I'd start buying the pens for my office. It worked...
The Pilot Frixion Pen looks like a fairly unassuming and average pen. I use the blue pens, which are made of blue plastic with a silver pattern printed on. The main selling point of these pens is that you can rub out what you write with them. On the top of the pen is a rubber tip, which when rubbed over dry ink from the pen causes the ink to disappear. The friction rubs the ink away.
At first I didn't think I would use the Frixion pen much, as it is an ink pen whereas I prefer biros; I find my writing tends to be messy with ink, and I smudge it all over my hands. However, I soon found that I was getting on fine with the Frixion pen - my writing is neat and clean, and I've only had a few spots of ink on my hands.
I am very surprised by the rubbing out of the ink. I thought it would leave a faint mark of where the ink had been, or leave a grubby smudge on the paper - but when you use the rubber tip of the pen to rub out ink, it really does disappear. I've used the pen on different types of paper, from cheap stuff like the back of an envelope to my lovely Moleskine notebooks, and the ink rubs out equally well on all of it. I have found that if you rub something out, write on the same spot and then rub out again, although the ink still disappears, the paper looks a bit stretched and it is clear that writing has been rubbed out.
I much prefer using this pen and rubbing it out than crossing things off, at least for personal use (for my work to-do list, there is something very satisfying about scoring things off). It means that I don't fill my Moleskine notebook with messy crossed out stuff, and it also means that I don't have to worry about making a mistake in any notes I'm making, as I can rub it out again.
As well as the blue pen, I also have a yellow highlighter from the same range. I have used it quite a bit, and it is a good highlighter, but I rarely rub it out - once I've highlighted something, it usually stays highlighted. Another point about the highlighter is that if you highlight something you've written with one of the regular Frixion pens, if you rub out the highlighting, you rub out the writing as well, which you might not want to do.
I absolutely love my Pilot Frixion Pen. I'm still using my free one, but I have checked that my office stationery supplier stocks these - they do, so I'll be ordering these in place of the boring normal gel pens everyone else likes, and hopefully they'll like these instead. I've seen the pens in shops, and the average price looks to be about 2.50 for one pen - it's more expensive than my normal Staedtler biro, but even if I was paying, I'd choose the Pilot Frixion Pen.
I have a couple of Frixion pens that I use for work. The unique selling point of these pens is that the ink can be erased - and obviously there isn't many pens that can claim to do this. The pens cost me £2.59 each from Rymans - which is more expensive than some pens, but I do like these pens and so I'm willing to pay a bit more. They come in a variety of colours, and I have red, green and blue - but there is also purple and black.
The pen looks quite nice in appearance, being plastic and with a cute little flame like design on the side. The colour of the pen matches the colour of the ink inside. The pen is a ballpoint pen with a fairly narrow tip of 0.7mm. The ink is not as deep as the colour that it's supposed to be, but it is still a decent enough colour - although I would like it to be a deeper. It does take a few seconds for the ink to dry and prior to this the ink can smudge - and it will also smudge if the paper gets wet. It feels nice to write with as the barrel is comfortable and the ink runs smoothly.
There is a rubbery tip at one end of the pen - and it is this which can erase the ink. The rubber works well as long as the paper is of sufficient quality that it doesn't get scrunched up when you rub it on the paper. It does leave a feint trace of the ink, but it is very feint.
The pens don't dry out as long as the cap is replaced - and I've never had one leak on me. I would say that they last about a month on average of fairly heavy use.
Overall, I think these pens and will continue to buy them.
At the moment the Pilot FriXion Erasable pen is my favourite most used pen. The concept of erasable ink isnt a new invention - neither is this particular pen. The gel ink doesnt flow as well as you would hope for and I have accepted that the writability of this pen has been comprimised by the fact the ink is erasable. If you happen to like writing in ink and make a lot of errors then this could be just the pen for you. There are 3 different colours this comes in although the design is the same on the red, blue and black versions. There is a cool graphic in silver on each pen in a 'tribal' theme I would say.
The refills are disposable but at just £2 per pen I find them acceptable to throw away as they last long enough. Im not sure how much the refills are but they must be relatively priced and therefore quite inexpensive. The pen itself has a rubber at one end which allows you to correct errors easily and effectively. There is also a rubber grip near the nib of the pen and this band is fairly thick so the pen is very easy to control and comfortable too.
I can honestly say that people who usually use pencils for ease of erasure, I would recommend this pen to them as it has better qualities than a pencil with an eraser! The rubberised tip is much more efficient than a standard eraser and it doesnt damage the surface of the paper whatsoever so I am confident you could make mistake after mistake on one erea of the page and continue to 'delete' it. Overall, I am very impressed at both the price and quality of the product, although the one niggling problem is the flow of the ink gel is a little hit and miss at times.
I have been using this pen (in blue and black) for a year now and I love them. So much so that I've bought refill cartridges when I went to France. The pen is a nice weight and shape and feels pretty tough unlike some flimsy brio's you get which you could snap in half. They also have a rubber grippy bit where you hold it making writing really comfortable. The selling point of this pen is that it is erasable and comes with a little rubber tip which is the eraser. This is perfect as you don't need a separate tool to erase (like with fountain pens and fountain pen erasers) and can write on the erased bit straight away after. This pen has been perfect for me as I'm constantly spelling things wrong or will jot down the wrong date in a lecture so this pen allows me to quickly and important, neatly, rectify my mistakes. It's also become somewhat of a magic trick, I know, geeky. But people find it hard to believe it rubs out as well as it does. There is no mess, no smudge, nothing! The pen comes in a variety of colours but obviously blue and black are most commonly used. They are reasonably priced at around £1.50 - £2.00 each which I think is a bargain considering what they do and I found refill cartridges too bringing down the price again!
For a piece of stationary that is so amazing in its concept, practical in its usage, neat in its appearance and so useful in its usefulness, one would think that this would be the hot product of the year, that it would be on the front page of OK magazine, opening up shopping malls, kissing babies and running for presidential elections. How can it be that this pen is so under the radar it is not funny.
I discovered this pen by accident... and not entirely honestly. A monthly market stall about something at my workplace asked me to fill in my name and address; I boobed on a detail and was told not to worry about crossing out, but to rub the ink out with the rubber on the other end. Ever seen that scene in X- Men 2 when the whole museum stops around Bobby Ice-Man Drake? Well that's how I felt; the whole world ceased to exist as I put rubber to ink and backtracked my error. Let me repeat that. I rubbed out ink! As in not pencil! Ink! There was not a chicken's chance in China he was having this pen back.
Lets explore the alternatives.
Back to the 80's when Tippex was Tippex; those were the days! You could white wash a wall with that stuff - it would get picked up on an x ray, the amount of lead it had in it. But it did the job. Nowadays Tippex is so watery, it saturates the paper, and after drying, the ink seeps through the watery white stuff, requiring several repeat dosages. By the time there is an acceptable white area where your error once was, you may aswell have ripped out the page and re-written. And crikey - ever try to get Tippex out of the carpet?
Back to the 90's for our second alternative: the ink erasure. A dual ended pen with a eraser (white tip) that made the ink disappear and a permanent blue tip that wrote over the disappearing ink. These were the in thing in school pencil cases. But thinking about them, they didn't work on biro. For some reason that fitted with our teacher's kudos of disliking biro's. How can anyone be anti-biro for goodness sake? They are an inoffensive, inanimate writing apparatus. Its like being offended by yogurt or something. Anyway so the ink eraser only worked on cartridge pens. They made the ink literally disappear. What on earth was in these things. A Decade and a half later on with superior knowledge - they are still a mystery to me. The blue permenant tip only went blurry when you wrote over and was a completely different shade of blue to the ink you had just wrote. They were fairly pants.
Into the new millennium and we have the Tippex rodent. Mouse. Create in concept. Very flashy. But could you get the tippex strip to stick on the paper? I had an easier time nailing jelly to the wall.
So that is why this is gods gift to the pencil case. A pen in multi colours with a special ink that allows it to be rubbed out and re written at will. It's a miracle! So why hasn't the common expression 'best thing since sliced bread' been re written to 'the best thing since the Pilot Frixion'? why does nobody know about these things? Why do reputable stationary shops not have this as their main sales item? I don't get it! Its time for a crusade.
These are perfect for the not so perfect spellers (me). The drunk spider handwriting-ers (me) or children's homework (not me anymore; but I am an auditor :) )
The Pen is brightly coloured and the same colour as the ink and has a silver tattoo design, with remove by friction written on it. On the end of the pen a silver rubber bit, which is what removes the ink by friction-generated heat. The lid matches the pen and has pilot and frixon ball written in silver. The pen comes in a variety of colours, eight in all.
I love doing puzzles and I am always on the lookout for a pen that would help me that. I saw this pen in WH Smiths one day and thought that's a good idea but I wonder if it works. So I went to the till pen in hand and purchased it, once I got it home I opened the packet and gave it a little test. So I got a scrap of paper and did a little scribble, I then turned the pain over and as instructed I rubbed the silver end over the pen and was amazed at what I saw. The pen just disappeared, there were no marks left on the paper. So after I did my scribble test I tested it on other things like puzzle books and writing lists. It writes easily and has a good colour to it, no matter what paper I use it still disappears when rubbed. It is comfortable to hold too, I hate it when a pen makes your hands sore especially when you're writing all day. All my pens now are these and are dotted around the house; it's a great pen for everyday use. The only thing I wouldn't use it for is legal documents just in case something happened.
Price and availability
The pen is available from WH Smiths, Ryman Stationery and Staples. It is available online on amazon.co.uk and eBay. It is priced from £1.90 onwards, depending on what size pack you get. They can come in single, three, six or twelve. They now come in a highlighter version too.
I have previously written this review on www.ciao.co.uk under the same username.
Whilst out shopping in WHSmiths I decided to take advantage of one of their sale items. They have the pack of three Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pens for £3.99. I didn't know any more about these pens than you can find out in one of their adverts so I decided to give them a go. I bought the pack with blue, pink and purple pens (makes a difference from red in a pupils book!).
These pens are nice to write with, they are a nice shape and the ink comes out nice and neatly without smudging. The ink can be refilled so you don't have to buy a new pen every time you use it up.
The frixion is a brilliant idea, it is the ink rather than the rubber part that is special. It tells you on the pack that another similar material would do the same job. The great news is that it actually does work! The writing rubs out cleanly (wouldn't work as well on cheap paper as it's more likely to rip). These are perfect for those pesky little mistakes that everyone makes in their writing at some point in time.
**What is it and where can I find it?**
Frixion is made by Pilot, so a well known brand name. It is a rollerball pen similar to Berol Handwriting pens and so on. What special about this is that the ink is erasable and each pen has a small eraser on the tip of each pen. When my friend at uni came in with one of these I initially thought that it wouldn't work and would be similar to the old ink rubbers you used to get. They are available in a variety of colours but I have mainly seen them in black and red. You can buy them in twin packs in Tesco for £3 or I have seen them on their own in W H Smiths for £1.99.
**What does it look like?**
It is shaped just like an ordinary pen, so no worries about getting used to a new shape. Therefore, its great for kids at school. My pens are black in colour with a silver tribal design up the main barrel of the pen. The lid has a clip on it aswell as the Pilot logo and th Frixion logo. There is a small silver rubber at the end of the pen which fits in well with the pens design. The tip has a rubber grip bit which makes it easier to hold the pen and a thin tip which I would guess is around 0.7mm.
**Does it work?**
Writing with the pen is very easy, to begin with I found that the ink was infact more grey than black but since using it more the ink has got darker and provides a strong black line. It provides smooth writing and you can write from a number of angles easily and smoothly. To use the rubber, you need to wait for the ink to dry (2-3 seconds) and then rub the rubber end firmly over the writing you want to erase. I was sceptical about this but it really works! It leaves no rubber shavings and leaves absolutely no ink traces. It does not work on newspaper or flimsy paper. You can then rewrite over the space with the same pen.
The outer packaging states that you should not use the pen on legal documents or to sign your signature as it could be erased. This is a good bit of advice as I hadn't thought about that before.
**Would I recommend it?**
I would certainly recommend this pen as I think it is great value for money. It is a smooth writing and good quality pen and I now use it for all my writing. It provides much cleaner writing than a ballpoint and is great because you can erase any small mistakes, making your work look a lot neater and eradicating the need for correcting fluid. I think this is fab for kids at school, especially those who are making the move from pencil to pen as it allows them to produce much neater work. I would recommend this to absolutely anyone who regularly uses a pen (pretty much everyone really!) because it is easy to write with and produces good writing on the page which can be easily erased.
I am sure that most of us can remember going "into pen" from pencil at primary school, and what a big deal it was. Well, this has recently happened to my seven year old son, and what a fuss we've had!
He was provided with the classic Berol handwriting pen - the red one with the blue tip (sound familiar?!) but he really couldn't get on with it, and I can't understand how these have been recommended for a first pen for such a long time; they are quite uncomfortable to hold, and the nib is scratchy and does not flow smoothly across the paper (but I'm guessing that they are cheap). After weeks of struggling with it, I went searching for the perfect pen, and I came across the Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pen.
To be honest, when I read what this pen was supposed to do I didn't really believe it. It claims to be fully erasable using the friction point at the end of the pen; it erases the gel ink purely by heat friction, leaving no debris behind, and then you can re-write over it using the same pen. It sounded a bit too good to be true, but I liked the look of the pen, and from past experience I find gel pens easy to write with so I bought it anyway.
The pen that I bought was black; with a tribal design in silver all around the body of the pen making it look funky and trendy. It is available in several other colours, each with the same design, and eight ink colours. To a young boy, style matters so he loved it straight away! It is made out of plastic, and the friction tip at the end is made out of very firm rubber; you can stick your nail into it if you push really hard and it bounces back. The area where you hold the pen is made from soft rubber with dimples so it feels soft, yet secure in your hand. It is extremely light to hold, and it has a snap on lid with clip.
The fine 0.77mm nib on this pen makes it very accurate and the gel ink flows out nicely and evenly, never flooding the page, even when writing slowly. So far, so good! When it comes to erasing mistakes, this pen is fairly hit and miss on the first few attempts. You have to wait for the ink to dry completely; and this can take several minutes. Even if you attempt to erase when it is the tiniest bit damp, you are left with a huge smudge. However when the ink is absolutely dry, it does exactly as it says it will: providing you hold the "rubber" at the right angle and apply exactly the right amount of pressure. No marks are left at all on the paper, and it doesn't take the top layer of the paper off at all like some of its predecessors. You do not necessarily need to use the rubber on the pen; any hard plastic will erase this wonder ink because it is heat that does the work, but hard plastic is more likely to leave indentations in the paper.
You are warned that the pen should not be used for signatures, legal documents, examination papers or other documents where writing needs to be permanent as it could obviously be open to abuse. Also to avoid accidental erasure, writing should not be left anywhere that it could be exposed to high temperatures, but for simple day to day school work, I think that this is an ideal solution.
It really is amazing if you work it properly, and I was absolutely staggered that it worked. It took my son a lot of getting used to, but he now has the hang of it completely. My only concern is that he doesn't concentrate as much on his writing because he knows that it can be erased - just like when he was using a pencil.
The Pilot Frixion Rollerball Pen comes in at £1.99, and I bought mine from WH Smiths - so far this is the only high street store where I have seen it, but it is possible to buy them online. One pen lasts around a term, but it is possible to buy a pack of three refills which are in the region of £4.50 which makes it a lot more economical.