When I started using planners (and planning in general), I usually ended up with too many cancellation marks in my generously decorated planners, making them look ugly because of some appointment getting rescheduled or some plan getting cancelled. It was then I realized that I needed to use something that is editable.
Initially, I used sticky notes for the tentative plans, but then I soon found out that my entire weekly spread is filled with just sticky notes! It wouldn’t have been a problem had the sticky notes been colorful and funky, but they were just plain old yellow sticky notes. Then I thought of using a pencil for the temporary tasks and they worked for a couple of weeks or so, until once when I had to reschedule majority of my tasks for the week due to an unexpected event and ended up with a weekly spread full of erased pencil marks. Since then, I stuck to good old pens.
I had heard about the Pilot FriXion erasable pens almost an year ago. A lot of people (non-planners too) swear by the Pilot FriXion pens for their everyday usage. But when I searched for them, as expected they weren’t available in India. So, when I stumbled upon this pen which was available at a discounted rate on Amazon India during the sales season, I knew I had to grab it.
So, I have been using this pen for over a month now for a variety of planner related writing tasks, including writing on stickers and today I would like to share with you guys my take on this pen, as a planner addict for my planning purposes.
FriXion Clicker Roller Ball Pen
Imported to India by Luxor Writing Instruments Pvt. Ltd.
₹ 100.00 for one pen. (The price has dropped to ₹ 95.00 per pen)
Yes. The refill costs approximately ₹ 50.00.
These pens are available in major online stores, including Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart (currently out of stock) and Luxor’s own site.
These pens are available offline in all Crosswords and Landmarks across the country. You can also get them at Venus Stationery Stores in Pune.
I got mine from Amazon India. Here’s the link. There are frequent offers on this pen, so keep an eye on them.
Currently, only 4 colors are available in India viz. blue, black, red and green. Today I will be reviewing the black one.
The packaging consists of a cardboard base containing the details and a moulded plastic covering for the pen, as seen in the images below.
A single pack contains one pen (duh!). Ink color is same as that of the body color.
The pen: The pen has a plastic body. Its length is standard size (~15 cm). I find its width to be a bit fat, which does not make it very ergonomic for me. However it has a comfortable rubber grip. The point size is 0.7 mm, which is not my usual preference. I always prefer the 0.5 mm ones, since they write very finely. For me, the lower point size, the better.
It is a retractable pen. At first glance, you would think that the upper tip is the button to press the nib. But its not! The transparent pocket clip is actually the nib extender.
The pen is smooth enough, although I have tried a smoother pen than this. The color for the black pen actually comes out as a dark grey and not pitch black. However, I do not mind it. The ink is thermo-sensitive, which is the USP of the pen. It does not smudge even immediately after writing. So the pen would be good for left-handed people too. However I found that the pen writes like an ink pen with diluted ink. The text color is not even even within a word. The issue seems to be with the the ink itself and not the ink flow. Perhaps it is due to the uniqueness of the ink (I am not sure).
The “eraser”: It is the upper tip of the pen, that you would use just like any other eraser. However, unlike other erasers, this one does not leave any marks or rubber particles on your page! It literally works like magic. The principle behind it is a simple one. The ink is heat sensitive. Thus when the tip is rubbed against the ink on the paper, it heats the paper due to friction and the ink disappears. The ink/text is still there, it just becomes invisible.
Although I do not find many of its core features favorable, as a planner addict I find this pen incredibly useful, because of its ‘eraser’ feature. There are countless number of times when we schedule/plan a task for a particular day, only to find ourselves postponing it (or sometimes even cancelling it altogether!). In such cases, I find it best to use this pen, since it allows me to alter my schedule without the ugly cancellation marks in my planner.
It is important to see how this pen performs on normal paper as well as a sticker paper, since planner addicts do end up writing a lot on stickers, don’t we? Below are the writing samples for the pen on normal paper (top) and sticker paper (bottom).
Below is the sample of the eraser functionality of the pen. The top image focuses on the content and the bottom image shows the content being erased.
Overall, I think this is the best pen for planner people, because of its seamless erasable nature. If there is one pen that I would carry with my planner, it’s this one. Although I would have loved for it to have a 0.5mm tip for finer writing, but I can do without it for now. I am aware that Pilot has many finer tip pens in the FriXion range, but since they are not available in India yet, this is my current go to pen for planning.
I find it to be a bit pricey for its ‘erasable’ feature, but I suppose we can always have one of these, right?
I hope that they release more colors variants in India, especially for those of us who color code their tasks. What do you guys think?
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So guys, which is your favorite pen for your planning? Let me know in the comments.