I’m sure you’ve seen this before – BIC’s iconic 4-color ballpoint pen.
It’s wide-barrel retractable ballpoint pen with 4 different ink cartridges – black, blue, red, and green. Black and blue can be used for regular writing, red can be used for corrections or to highlight something, and green can be used for… sorry, I never quite know what to use green ink for.
While not well suited for my typical pen preferences, I bought a 3-pack on Amazon. These are useful pens for when drawing up quick plans or project notes with ink.
To clarify about my pen preferences, if I’m at my desk, I have different color pens at my disposal. Meaning, I prefer individual pens of exact brand, style, color, tip width, and ink type. Generally, that means fine-point gel ink, but I also have some technical-pen-style markers.
A few weeks ago, I tried out a new-to-me brand of multi-color pen that allows users to fill up its slots with their cartridges of choice. And, it turned out to be pretty convenient if I just want multiple ink colors without having to carry multiple pens.
Here are 3 reasons why I bought these pens:
- Four colors in one pen
Here is what I think so far:
- Writing quality is decent
- Plastic body feels cheap
- Pen styling stands out on a cluttered table
Overall, it’s a decent utilitarian pen so far.
Refill ink cartridges are available, but I’m not finding any good source for just blue or black refills. Personally, if I’m going to mess around with refills, it’ll be with a customizable multi-pen.
The pocket clip seems decent, and although I’m not making use of it (yet), I like the idea of the small lanyard loop at the top of the pen.
For the price, and assuming their performance is consistent over time, I’d buy these pens again.
Price: ~$6 for 3 pens
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At the time of purchase (April, 2019), the pens’ packaging is marked Made in France. The review sample was purchased from Amazon at public retail pricing.