Today we are reviewing the Pilot Frixion Erasable Pen to find out if it really is the best erasable pen you can buy.
As the oldest manufacturer of writing instruments in Japan with branches throughout the world, its no surprise that Pilot has several collections on offer, one of which is the Frixion range. Known as the Frixion family they even have their own web site where you can read all about them including the secrets of the link that allows you to correct mistakes by erasing & immediately re-writing without leaving a residue on the page.
One member of the family is the Pilot Frixion Ball BL-FR7, an erasable rollerball with a 0.7mm tip that can be refilled with BLS FR7 refills. These pens are available in eight vibrant colors, I am putting a blue one through its paces. It has a lot to live up to as it is one of the top 5 pens that people should buy.
The eye-catching design consists of a large silver pattern on the barrel reminiscent of a tribal tattoo. The cap hosts the branding along with a pocket clip, which is not very flexible & feels as though it could be susceptible to breaking with frequent use.
I like the fact that the Frixion Ball has a nice rubbery grip, it’s also well balanced & comfortable to use. My writing experience was positive, this rollerball is a smooth & easy to use. I have noticed that some people have criticized both black & blue ink colors as being too light, I can obviously only speak for myself & comment on the blue ink but didn’t have a problem.
Now on to the eraser, as I like to post the cap on my pens the fact that eraser was on the pen itself was a little annoying. That said, with the cap removed & the eraser in action I found it did a sterling job, leaving no trace of text or debris behind. This proved to be the case not just on freshly written text but also on writing at the top of my page.
All in all a pretty positive review, I can see that erasable pens have a place. Ideal for the odd correction as it beats reaching for the Tippex, although I wouldn’t want to rub out a whole sentence. If you have then check out our guide on how to cleanly erase ink from paper.
You may also be interested in our review of the Pilot Frixion versus the Uniball Fantom erasable pen which is its main competitor.
If you are looking for an erasable pen or would like to know more about them then why not check out our Complete Guide Guide to Erasable Pens.