Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pilot FriXion: Blue 0.7 mm


Previously I reviewed one of the better versions of the FriXion, the FriXion Color Pencil-Like. I feel it's time I reviewed the original pen. So here it is, the Pilot FriXion pen in blue!



The pen comes in a 0.5 mm and 0.7 mm in eight different colours. he pen has silver flames painted on the body with 0.7 in the midst of the flames. On the cap is printed "Pilot FriXion" in silver. The 'eraser" is on the butt of the pen, making it inconvenient to erase. You either have to leave the cap off or take it off to erase. There's a dimpled grip by the tip of the pen, and it's pretty comfortable. There's a small area at the tip of the cap that's unused. Why couldn't have Pilot put the "eraser" on top of the pen cap? Oh well, I guess that's why they made the Color Pencil-Like line... And with more colours too.



Now to the ink... The blue is more of a watercolour than an ink, but that's one of the downsides of having an erasable pen. The ink flows pretty well, no problems of skipping. But let's get down to the main function of the pen: the FriXion. The "eraser" is a gimmick. The "eraser" leaves residue reminiscent of eraser shavings. If you don't wipe those shavings away, the eraser could smear it into the paper, making it almost impossible to get out. If you erase it harder, you might even rip the paper. Basically, the ink is what brings out the good in this pen. The whole purpose of this pen is...mediocre.

So to recap...

Pros: It's an erasable pen!
-It erases, yay.
Cons: The eraser isn't that great
-Leaves eraser shavings
-If left on the paper, eraser shavings smear
-Eraser's on the butt of the pen
Costs: $3.00, extra for packs

Overall, I give this pen 8.6/10. (Really, the ink saved it from getting a much lower score.)

7 comments:

  1. technically, the thing on the end of the pen isn't an eraser as the ink doesn't get erased. Heat, caused by the friction of the tip rubbing on the paper changes the color of the ink from blue to invisible. Try erasing a writing sample and then put the piece of paper in the freezer, the writing will be restored. So you don't need to press too hard on the paper risking tearing it, just keep rubbing the paper to create enough heat to vanish the script.

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  2. Jim: I realize it's not an eraser and it erases with friction, but I don't know what to call it. (Hence the reason 'eraser' is quoted) And I didn't press too hard, but for some reason it ripped the paper...hmm.

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  3. I have tried the Red, Black, and Blue 0.7mm Frixions. Yes, putting the "eraser" on the cap would have been much better.

    Knowing that I need to create friction, i.e. heat, I have not had problems with ripped paper or "eraser" residue. In fact no residue at all.

    The only down side is you need to wait until the ink dries before erasing. The ink may take ten seconds to dry if your paper is not very porous. Oh, another downside is if you leave your paper in a cold car and the temp drops to 14F, below freezing, the marks will sow up again.

    I really like this pen. This is my favorite pen for schoolwork and taking notes at work.

    Keith

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