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November 19, 2012

FriXion Erasable Ball Gel Ink Pen — Perfect for the 007 in all of us


What's not to like?

From Pilot, which knows a thing or ten about pens.

From $6.60 for three.

[via a September 7, 2012 Wall Street Journal review, excerpts from which appear below]


Pilot's FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pens write more smoothly and erase more cleanly than the scratchy, finicky, erasable ballpoint pens of the past.

While early erasable ink would eventually set and turn indelible, FriXion Ball ink stays erasable indefinitely.

The way the pen works is ingenious: Its heat-sensitive ink turns clear when it reaches a certain temperature: rubbing it with the eraser generates the necessary heat (rather than wearing away the page).

The ink will disappear if the paper it's on gets too hot (left in the car on a sunny day, for example), but to make the ink reappear, just pop the page in the freezer—a quirk that makes these pens perfect for sending secret messages.

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I've been using Pilot V7 pens exclusively for at least 20 years now, after making a wrenching shift from a decade or more of Uniball.

Posted by: bookofjoe | Nov 20, 2012 6:57:16 AM

Definitely time to testify about Pilot pens:

I've been keeping journals for over 20 years. That's a lot of paper and a lot of ink. As they accumulated during the years, I ended up storing them in banker's boxes - just regular square cardboard boxes.

When Irene hit last year, my basement got 18" of water. I was able to save a lot of the journals.

The ones I saved were the ones I'd used Pilot V7 pens to write with. Any other brand pen smeared or blurred to illegibility.

Pilot rules.

Posted by: Becs | Nov 20, 2012 6:52:55 AM

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