According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the BiC Cristal is the most popular pen in the world. It has sold over 100 hundred BILLION units (as of Sept 2006) - selling at a rate of over 57 pens per second! The BiC Cristal is so popular that it holds a place within the permanent collection inside New York's Museum of Modern Art.
Part of its success is surely due to its lengthy history which stretches all the way back to 1950 - when Marcel Bich was able to create an ink that neither leaked nor clogged (which was no simple task). But, how does the BiC Cristal stack up today? In my pen-obsessed mind, it is a classic - but is now average. I believe that the Cristal Ballpoint continues to be popular because it is familiar, extremely cheap, disposable, & does write smoothly. The clear, hard plastic body gives it a recognizable look, but it is not the most consistent. The Cristal's line goes down quite smoothly but leaves small gaps, streaks, & tiny blotches of ink that smear...
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