When you hear the words “erasable pen” what do you think of? The image that popped into my head was a really cheap looking, basic Bic pen with blue ink that would hardly write on my piece of notebook paper so it could be easily erased. I loved the idea, but the quality of the old school erasable pens simply didn’t write well enough to justify having one. From that time on (I think I was in 8th grade) I was just under the assumption that if a pen was erasable there was no way it would write well enough to be worth having.
These pens completely changed my opinion.
Allow me to introduce: The Pilot Friction Retractable Erasable Pens!
aka the only pens I will regularly use ever again.
These pens are a Japanese import that I found for a very reasonable price on Amazon. I purchased the set of 10 colors: pink, red, orange, green, light green, blue, light blue, purple, navy, and black.
The Friction pens are gel ink so they write very fluidly and with ease. The quality of the ink compared to the old school erasable pens is unbeatable. I imagine that since Japanese Kanji is so intricate the pens used in Japan are expected to be of high quality.
Here are a few highlights of these Pilot Frixion erasable pens:
- They’re retractable, making use easy and one handed (although versions with caps are available)
- Vibrant colors and quality gel ink
- 0.5mm tips for fine writing
- Fits comfortably in hand
- Finger grip for added comfort
- Eraser doesn’t leave behind crumbly eraser residue
- Perfect for planners, journals, or simply every day writing.
Bottom line is I’m obsessed. What is really nice is you can even find refills for the ink so it isn’t necessary to replace the pens. I have found refills in red, black, basic blue, and a few of the brighter colors on Amazon, but I’ve managed to find many more color options, priced a tad higher, on Jet Pens.
I wanted to show you these pens in action, so I decided to do a comparison of how they write and what the shadow/bleed through is on several different types of planner paper. For this “experiment” I used a Plum Paper planner (from Etsy), my Filofax, and 2 inserts for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook.
Let’s start with the Plum Paper planner. This paper is also comparable to the paper found in the Erin Condren Life Planner. As you can see, the inks write beautifully on this paper, however, the best part is what happens when you flip to the next page. The photo on the right is the back side of the page I wrote on, The middle column is where you can see (or maybe you can’t) very minimal bleed through. As soon as you write on that page it will be completely unnoticeable. This makes these pens perfect for planner addicts who like to write in pen and color code like I do. There is no need to worry about the ink showing through on the next page. I’ve used them in my Erin Condren LP with the same results.
Next, lets look at Filofax brand paper. The Filofax is my 2015 planner, so I use the Frixion pens daily on the Filofax paper. Again, they write like a dream, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. The shadow/bleed trough is a little bit more prominent than in the Plum Paper, as you can see in the right side of the photo, but it does not take away from the page you write on. Once you have fresh ink on the page the bleed through is hardly noticeable. These have been working very well for me in the Filofax.
I opted to try out two different inserts for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook simply because I know there are several different paper options for your inserts. Pictured above is refill number 003, which is your basic blank paper refill. The ink writes just fine, but the bleed through is a bit more significant than in the other options we have explored so far. I know that many people get very creative when it comes to filling their MTNs, so mixed with all of the papers, paints, photos, and washi tape that are typically used in creating a page in the Midori, I still don’t see much of an issue when it comes to using these pens to write in it.
Refill number 013 is the lightweight paper refill, and this is the only one where I see a significant problem. The lightweight paper makes bleed through pretty inevitable. As I am a newbie to the Midori world, I’m unsure what the light weight paper is most commonly used for, but if you chose to journal in the Pilot Frixion pens with just writing, I would imagine the shadows and bleed through would make things difficult to read.
All in all I give these pens an A+! I am a sucker for color and for functionality and the Pilot Frixion Pens have both. The best price I have found for the set of 10 is on Amazon, but you can also find smaller and different sets of them if you look hard enough that might suit your personal needs better. Whether you journal, you’re a total planner nerd like myself, or simply like to write in pen and have the freedom to make a mistake, these pens are an amazing addition to your office supply collection. I’ll never go back!