Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable pen review

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.

Name:

FriXion Clicker Roller Ball Pen

Company:

Pilot Corporation.

Imported to India by Luxor Writing Instruments Pvt. Ltd.

Price:

₹ 100.00 for one pen. (The price has dropped to ₹ 95.00 per pen)

Refillable:

Yes. The refill costs approximately ₹ 50.00.

Availability:

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.

Available Colors:

Currently, only 4 colors are available in India viz. blue, black, red and green. Today I will be reviewing the black one.

Packaging:

The packaging consists of a cardboard base containing the details and a moulded plastic covering for the pen, as seen in the images below.

Contents:

A single pack contains one pen (duh!). Ink color is same as that of the body color.

Product:

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.

Writing Sample:

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).

Erasing sample:

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.

Final thoughts:

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?

Planner addict’s rating:

3.5/5

So guys, which is your favorite pen for your planning? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers!

 

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Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable pen review

Free printable planner stickers – Autumn theme

Hey guys, welcome back!

Today I would like to share with you a set of printable stickers in autumn theme :). I had made these stickers a couple of weeks back during Diwali, but could not share it since I was busy with some prior commitments. If you would just like to dive in, the download link is at the bottom of this post.

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These stickers would be best suited for the Erin Condren Life Planner vertical layout. You can also use them in the MAMBI Happy Planner, however they would be 0.25″ short for those boxes. Michaels have recently launched a new range of planners called ‘Recollections Planners’. I believe these stickers would fit them too. I would suggest you guys to try it out.

Description:

The download contains a single .pdf file which has 2 sheets of printable stickers. The file is in A4 size. However, you can also print these on a ‘letter’ size paper without scaling. The images have been included at 300 dpi, so there shouldn’t be any issues related to their sharpness.

What will you need?

  • The .pdf file
  • Access to a color printer
  • A4 size of white sticker paper – 2 sheets (you can also use a plain paper and glue)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Planner (duh!)

I printed mine on a sticker paper from a local cyber cafe since my home printer was out of ink during Diwali. The printer was a commercial color printer from EPSON, model number 1280. The printing cost me ₹20/- (₹10/- per page, single side only).

Here’s are the printed stickers on my A4 sticker paper.

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Here is a pic of the finished spread in my planner!

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Please Note:

  • The files provided in the download link are for personal use only. They cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
  • If you would like to share these printables or images with your readers or on social media please link directly to this page, not to the printable file itself and provide a full credit link.

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Hope you enjoyed the stickers. I would love to see your spreads! Be sure to tag me in any Instagram posts featuring the printables.

You can tag me @indianplanneraddict and #indianplanneraddict.

Happy planning!

 

Free printable planner stickers – Autumn theme

Welcome planner addicts!

Hello everyone and welcome to my new blog where I will be writing about recipes for sugar free desserts. Just kidding! As you might have guessed from the name, this blog is all about planners and planning.

I am a huge planner addict (no surprises there!). However, I wasn’t much into planning until about couple of years back. I was happily enjoying my life as a Bioinformatics professional organizing my tasks using just small to-do lists, but life had different plans (pun intended). When I discovered pretty planners like ECLP, Happy Planner, Filofax, etc. and the ever-growing online planner community, it was like finding a goldmine! Well.. since then, there was no looking back :).

Over the last two years I have learnt a few things about planners and planning that I would like to share with everyone, hence this blog. I want to mention here that since I stay in India, much of the content would be with respect to the planning scenario in India. Sadly, there aren’t many beautiful planners available in India at the time of writing this post. I hope that this blog acts as a medium of change for that too.

(Not so) fun fact: I don’t own any of the pretty planners. Simply because they are too costly and their price skyrockets when you try to import them to India :(.

So what do I use for planning then?

The first year I experimented with different layouts using the countless free printables available on the internet provided by some wonderful ladies out there (they deserve a separate post!). The planner that I have this year, has been made by me, styled after the most tried and tested vertical layout found in popular planners like the ECLP, the Happy Planner, the Limelife Planner etc. You can check out the pictures that I have shared on my Instagram account.

Why the name Indian Planner Addict?

Sorry to disappoint you guys, but there is really no story to this one. I literally picked up the first thing that came to my mind when I was trying to describe myself in the context of planning 😉

Last but not the least, I would really love to hear from you guys. Do share your thoughts on the posts and the blog. Also, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment or message me. I will try my best to incorporate them.

At present the planner community is really a small one here but I believe that it will expand in no time! After all, it doesn’t take much time for someone to get hooked on to planners once they are acquainted with it ;).

In the end, I would just like to say..

KEEP CALM

AND

PLAN ON!

P.S. Don’t forget to check out Downloads section in the menu for some freebies!

Welcome planner addicts!