Pilot FriXion Biz Erasable Gel Ink Pen
ooo0000ooo fancy and completely erasable
I'm not really a pen geek. I don't remember my pens and pencils by model name or make suggestions to friends. I don't read pen blogs (my guess is they're out there) or press releases from OfficeMax. However, because JetPens.co... I'm not really a pen geek. I don't remember my pens and pencils by model name or make suggestions to friends. I don't read pen blogs (my guess is they're out there) or press releases from OfficeMax. However, because JetPens.com is such a cool and easy to browse site, AND because my handwriting resembles a chicken's scrawl, except that the chicken in question is either severely arthritic and/or somewhat demented - I often, perhaps vainly, search for a new pen or pencil that will make my scribbling just a wee bit more legible. Well, I haven't found one yet, but I did find a pretty cool pencil. I long ago chose mechanical pencils for their crisp lines and paper feel, no sharpening needed approach, and the fact that I could erase on the fly (a really useful feature when your instructor tells you to 'forget the last 5 minutes'.) Oh yes, the review. the Uni-ball Kuru Toga line takes a really, really unheard of problem and fixes it. See, before I found this pencil, I was simply UNWARE that mechanical pencils were flawed. Every time you write, you dull the led, and usually in the same direction you're writing in. This leads to uneven lines, 'catches' on paper, and worst of all, broken leads (you know that annoying 'clicking' sound in class? That's me with my broken lead pencil.) Apparently, in Japan, they have pencil engineers. Someone at Uni-ball took it upon themselves to solve this problem, and they did! A fascinating, geared mechanism inside the clear plastic grip (you can watch it in action) rotates the lead a teeny amount every time you lift the pencil from the page, ensuring even wear and straight, uniform lines. Best of all, it makes it much harder to break the lead - so I'm not spending so much time in class clicking during tests. It really does work, and it's about $6 - not bad for a reusable device. I like the bright orange color, but it comes in a nice palette of neon styles. It's also available in 5 or 3 mm widths. My new, regular pencil. Ok, reading over this post, maybe I am a pencil geek.