Friday, 1 February 2013

FriXion pens review and give away

I'd like to thank Cult Pens once again for sending me these FriXion pens to review. I admit I've been a bit curious about them as they're quite popular with Philofaxers for writing in a filofax diary.

So, how do they work?
The ink in the pens is thermo-sensitive which reacts to both heat and cold. The heat created when using the eraser means that the ink becomes transparent rather than disappearing completely. I had a little play and found that erased writing re-appears (more faintly though) after putting the paper in the freezer for a couple of minutes. And conversely 60 seconds in the microwave will wipe out any writing. I really enjoyed my little experiments as I went through a phase as a kid pretending to be a spy, writing in code and creating secret messages in lemon juice!

I was going to write individual reviews of each pen, but as I was going along I found I was just repeating myself so will firstly talk generally about them, apart from the highlighter. All of the gel rollerballs write nice and smoothly on filofax paper with very minimal show-through on the reverse.


They're comfortable to write with, all have a rubberised grip and the ink rubs out quite well with no damage to the paper. From a design point of view, I think it would make more sense to have the eraser on the top of the lid as I would probably use them with the lid posted, which means the eraser is covered up.     

First up we have the Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Rollerball Pen BL-FRP5 in purple ink.


The 0.5mm fine tip would be good for writing small in maybe a mini or pocket filofax, or maybe for squeezing more into your diary. It's slimmer and shorter than than the standard FriXion ball and fits in my personal Malden's pen loop. 


The pen mechanism retracts by sliding the pen clip. It's a little too wide for my Malden pen loop and got a bit stuck on the grip.


I love the bright pink Barbie colour! This is the standard FriXion pen and is a bit too wide for my Malden pen loop.

Pilot Frixion Pro Erasable Rollerball Pen BLFRO7


According to the product description it says 'with more grown-up barrel graphics suitable for office users'. Again, a little too wide for my Malden pen loop and got a bit stuck.


This has a lovely bright neon yellow ink and fits in my Malden pen loop and rubs out quite well. Out of curiosity I wrote with a ballpoint, highlighted it and tried rubbing it out. Maybe unsurprisingly it made a bit of a mess of the ballpoint ink but the highlighter still rubbed out. I could imagine this pen might be helpful if you block out time in you calendar in colour for work or revision.  

It's not recommended that you use these pens to sign documents as I believe there's more likelihood that the ink will fade, and using them on a cheque would be too easy to erase. I think they would be great to help keep your diary/work schedule looking neat and tidy if you needed to make changes, and would be helpful for crosswords and sudoku as well. Refills are also available which surprises me as I would have assumed they are disposable pens.  

I'm giving away all these pens (apart from the pink, which a friend is now using in her filo), so if you'd like one please comment and I will pick out four people at random. Please let me know which one is your preference and the give away is open worldwide.

Thanks for your interest - the give away is now closed. 

23 comments:

  1. Love, love, love these pens!! I've got the blue, pink, orange, purple and light green ones ♥

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  2. Because I love <3 PURPLE! I would love to have this pen! Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Rollerball Pen BL-FRP5 in purple ink.

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  3. Ach, any of them would be fine and dandy! I have used them on and off - the main disadvantage I've found is that if you put them in a jar/pot with other pens, the 'rubber' gets grubby and then they make a mess when you try and rub something out. Other than that, they're great.

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  4. I love PURPLE!! and since I just purchased a new Filofax mini that would work great! Thanks =)

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  5. I also LOVE purple! And have been wanting to try one of these forever. I would take any pen really. ;)

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  6. Soooo cool! I remember erasable pens back in primary school. Would be so happy if I won one :)

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  7. I think the black would be the best, since it is on the broader side. I just can't manage fine points too well :(

    But either way, thanks for all the comparisons!

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  8. I'd love to be entered in to the draw please. I'd be more than happy with any of these pens, which I've wanted to try for a while.

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  9. I love the fine line of the Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Rollerball Pen BL-FRP5 in purple. It would go very well with my purple Malden! ;)

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  10. Hi great review please consider me for the yellow highlighter

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  11. I would to win one as I haven't tried one but want to but have been put on a buying freeze by the hubbie of all thing filo related !!!! :) - would love any of them

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  12. Just wanted to add that the barrels and fillings are interchangeable . So you can put the broader insert in the small barrel and still fit it in your Malden pen loop. Only the highlighters are non refillable...

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  13. I would love to try one of these! If I won, any of them would make me so happy :)

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  14. Would love to try one of these and am happy to accept any one if I am lucky enough to be chosen. Thanks

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  15. Ooo... Blue clicky! You're too kind.

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  16. I have to admit never having much success with any erasable pen. I've got a few of the Frixion highlighters bought on a whim and they're ok as highlighters but not so great at erasing. The paper needs to quite thick and it still seems to leave a dirty mark behind.

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  17. oh Love my Frixion pens I have orange blue and purple NEED MORE COLOURS PLEASE. Wouldn't use anything else in my Filofax

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  18. The Pilot FriXion Clicker Erasable Rollerball Pen 07 Medium in blue ink would be my choice. I LOVE pens, old, new, cheap, or pricey.My dad even built a pencase to display them in...would love to try yours out. Great review :)

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  19. I love these pens & have only been able to find the black ones locally. I would love to try any other color.

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  20. Would love to win one too - I'm currently waiting on payday to buy a set off of Amazon so would love a freebie first!

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  21. Oooh! PURPLE! I'd say pink too, but let's go with purple for this case! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  22. love it!! i'd say yellow!:)
    Thank you!

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  23. they re-appear????!!!
    Spy-action with my nephews oO Yay!!
    Thank you for this hint!

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