What a fantastic development! For many years, these were my favorite pens--light, smooth writing, fine line, and they truly did "write first time, every time." It didn't hurt that the legendary British historian Arnold Toynbee used one (see the cover and the photo facing the title page in his book, Experiences (Oxford 1969)). A couple of decades ago, when it became clear that BIC was dropping them, I mentioned this to my late, wonderful sister, who went to shops across central Indiana and bought up all she could find and gave me a bag full of them. The last two have just dried out. About ten years ago, I wrote to BIC to complain about this, and they sent me four samples of the replacement they planned to introduce, also orange with a fine point, but a crystal barrel. But I never saw any in a store, and it was back to my Cross pens and Mont Blanc.
Now I stumbled across the Amazon listing for this pen and ordered some. They are slightly different -- slightly...
I grew up with these pens and then they disappeared from the stores. They are my favorite for a nice crisp fine line that doesn't blotch or smear. The pen doesn't come apart or twist while you are trying to use it. I find them comfortable to hold too, with no gimmicky bits attached. It's a basic pen with good quality. I don't know why Bic withdrew these from the US market while still continuing to sell them in Europe and elsewhere, but they should bring them back!
The pens are excellent. Writes very smooth and sharp and even after long use, doesn't blob at all. Something I haven't seen in ball point pens. However, I don't know what I am going to do with 19 of them! One broke en route. Poor packaging, so taking away one star.
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