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Make Mistakes Disappear With Funky Frixion
Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pen
Member Name: cazkins
Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball Pen
Advantages: Funky design, nice to hold, glides over paper, easy erase/re-write
Disadvantages: Pricey, can rub off unintentionally
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).
Summary: Lovely pens but perhaps too pricey for frequent every day use