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January 1, 2019

4-Color Pen Throwdown


Two weeks ago I featured New York magazine's "Top 100 Pens."

Number 12 was the venerable BIC 4-Color (above), which emerged back in the last century and has furnished great fun for lots of people, including me every 20 years or so.

Three for $5.22.

Now comes Tim Leatherman of the eponymous company, in a Wall Street Journal interview, bringing us the results of his deep dive into the world of pens to find a successor to his standby:


His replacement, the Zebra 4-Color Multi Pen and Pencil, costs $6.37.

Can't wait to do a throwdown with the BIC.

January 1, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


I waded through graduate school with a Bic fine point 4 color (the one with the orange barrel), a bottle of Pentel correction fluid with a roller ball dispenser, and a pocket drafting template (https://cdn.dick-blick.com/items/557/11/55711-1009-3ww-l.jpg).

I have kept some of those notes just to remind myself that I could once write neatly, use Einstein notation properly, and draw good free-body diagrams - I don't know what's happened since; likely migration to keyboards, mice and screens.

Posted by: Scott | Jan 3, 2019 3:22:28 PM

You should see the pens here in Japan. The unimaginable, unique, easy to write, smooth, 5 color pens etc. when I go to buy a pen it takes a very, very long time to choose... so many choices

Posted by: Susan Ishida | Jan 1, 2019 3:26:23 PM

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