You guys are not going to believe this. I got my hands on some amazing, colorful, erasable markers! That’s right, friends; MARKERS that erase! I’m kind of in love with them.
You might have seen my last post about the Pilot Frixion erasable pens. Well, that same brand has done it again. It is my pleasure to present the Pilot Frixion Colors Erasable Markers!
**and the crowd goes wild**
Seriously though, these things are amazing. I never would have imagined that markers would ever be erasable. I also had a hard time believing that a marker with erasable ink could ever write with a decent quality. When I saw these in the local stationary store in Hiyoshi, I immediately took advantage of the little tester block of paper to see if these markers were in fact too good to be true. When I put the pink marker to the paper it wrote beautifully, with the quality you would expect of a good marker. The true test was erasing it. I think if the store clerk would have looked at me she would have seen an above average expression of surprise and joy. The markers actually erase! I went back two other times and re-tested them to make sure it wasn’t an accident. Finally, I bit the bullet and the markers came home with me.
I was lucky enough to find a set of all available colors (24) for 2400 yen, or roughly $21, which is amazing considering I can only find the 24 pack on Amazon for $47.99. These markers available in a 12 pack or in a girly colored 6 pack as well. There are a few other options, including buying individuals for $1.75 on Jetpens.com. If you’re in Japan and you come across these markers, I highly suggest picking them up while you can, though I will admit, they are worth paying premium for.
Ok, lets get down to business. The fine, felt tip markers make writing words very easy. They are comfortable in the hands, and the ink writes nicely. The eraser is located on the cap (which you presumably put on the back of the marker when in use) and doesn’t crumble like typical #2 pencil erasers do.
The erasability of the ink is pretty incredible for a marker. You might see the slightest hint of where the ink was, but it’s barely noticeable. I mean, it is a marker! You don’t usually expect those to erase at all. Note that my hand strength is also weaker than most, so my erasing skills are definitely sub par.
Like I did with the Pilot Frixion pens, I used the markers on 4 different types of paper to test for bleed through/shadows. I used a Plum Paper Planner (which has paper similar to the Erin Condren Life Planner), my Filofax, and 2 Midori Traveler’s Notebook inserts. Here’s the break down.
Here is all 24 colors on the Plum Paper planner. as you can see (on the right) while you can see some slight shadowing, for markers, there is virtually no bleed through. As soon as you write on that page you won’t even notice it. I love that I can use it in these kind of planners, as I love the look of the markers. I’m a sucker for color.
You can see a bit more of the bleed through on the Filofax paper, as it is a little bit thinner, but even at this level I don’t find it to be distracting or overwhelming. Again, once it’s written on top of, all you really notice is what you just wrote on that page and pay very little attention to what is behind it. I’ve been enjoying using the markers on my Filofax pretty regularly and I haven’t encountered any problems. On the contrary, I find my to do lists look bright and beautiful which brings me joy when I look at my planner.
Where we begin to encounter problems is with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook. This is insert #003, which is the basic blank notebook. You might not be able to tell in the photos, but the bleed through is a little bit more than with the Filofax paper. Is it a huge difference? No. I know everyone uses their Midori differently, so depending on how you decorate yours, using the markers could be just fine, however if you want to have just page after page of writing, I’d imagine the bleed through might be a little bit distracting.
Insert #013 is the lightweight paper, and the bleed through is by far the worst on this paper. It’s very thin, so even putting an extra page over the bleed through, it still ends up looking like the first Midori insert. If you aren’t okay with seeing your writing or doodles on the next page, I think it’s safe to say these markers on the lightweight insert is not going to be the combination for you.
While these don’t work well with the lightweight Midori inserts, I still am completely in love with the Pilot Frixion Colors Markers. They are everything I hoped they’d be and more. Not a day has gone by since their purchase that I haven’t reached for them to write in one of my planners or notebooks. Even my husband was pretty darn impressed with these markers. While he doesn’t understand my enthusiasm for all things planner and scrapbook related, he 100% approved of my purchase of these 🙂
Dear friends at the Pilot pen company, PLEASE, I’m begging you, get the complete Frixion range of products in stores in the United States!! You and Staples could be best buds and make a fortune. Seriously!
Bottom line, I love them, and if you got them I’m sure you’d love them too. No, I’m not being sponsored to say any of this. I went to the little stationary store and bought them myself and feel the need to declare their awesomeness to the world. Check them out on Amazon and add a set to your collection. If you’re a planner enthusiast like me, or even if you just like markers, you won’t regret it 🙂