I would offer a guess at LOADS! – As thats exactly where I was at…. until now!
I am a traditional girl at heart, and love love LOVE my pen and paper way of staying organised (diary, TO DO list, Home file etc…)
However – there is one major problem and thats when it comes to making mistakes or having to change things.
The beauty of electronic list writing, diarising etc… is that things can be moved around ad infinitum without much hassle – and when its finished it still looks great.
When you do this with a paper diary/list etc… then you end up in a great big mess, where you can’t see whats going on well at all.
The only way to combat this up until now has been to use a pencil and rubber rather than pen, but I really don’t like this method at all – I much prefer the look and feel of using pens, and don’t like the fact that pencil is a lot more faded on the paper..
Hold the press though!
At the Britmums conference which I attended back in June of this year, we were all lucky enough to get a goody bag and a few items to help write things down while we were there (Thanks again Britmums for a fantastic event! – if you are a mum who blogs I would really think about going next year – you learn loads and meet some fantastic people – definitely worth a visit)
Anyway – I digress!
Both pens claimed to be erasable – I was very interested now! A pen thats easy to write with, also erasable – my wish had (possibly) been granted.
So – I set about testing them out – and sure enough – they work like an absolute dream and heres a Youtube video that shows it in action.
Simple but oh so effective.
So – heres my thoughts on them after I have been using them for a week or so….
Whats to like?
- Erasable – no more pencils!
- Ease of use – they write really well
- Range of pen types – you will find one you love to write with, and one that looks right for your needs (they do a really smart looking one too – the Frixion Slim)
- Colour choice – there are loads – especially in the rollerball, and the highlighter comes in pink, green and yellow.
- You can buy refills for the range
- Cost – dependant on where bought – but very comparable with other similar pens.
- You can re-write on where you have erased with no problems.
- The yellow highlighter is softer in colour than a really bright highlighter (see negatives below) – but actually this is a real positive for me as I use them in my filofax to cross out things when I have finished, and the brighter pens bled through the pages, so this is perfect!
Whats NOT to like?
- If you use a frixion pen and then highlight it, you can’t remove the highlighter without removing the pen underneath as well – as they work on the same friction method – so the highlighter could be used for books and other pen types only (if you think you will need to erase it)
- You do have to go over the pen quite a lot to erase, but it does come off cleanly so is probably worth the effort!
- The yellow highlighter isn’t brilliant yellow – its a softer colour – which may be a disadvantage to you
- The pens delete using friction which is basically heat – so the ink MAY pale or even delete if left in heat – I have tested a little and doesn’t seem to make a difference, but worth noting as I will be using these pens going forward and therefore NOT leaving my filofax in the car on a sunny day….. just in case!
Overall – I’m sold – at least for my diary and my home file – as these are places that I do need to erase and change things sometimes, and the fact that you cant erase highlighting and keep the pen underneath shouldn’t be an issue as I only highlight once something has finished (and I can always write it back in if I really make a mistake!)
If you like what you see – please CLICK HERE to buy from Amazon (you can search for Pilot Frixion to see all varieties as well ) – they are also available at other stores of course so feel free to shop around!
Pilot Frixion Giveaway
I have 2 pens to giveaway to one of my readers to try – a clicker and a highlighter (see picture) so if you would like to be in with a chance of winning and seeing how good they are for free, then simply answer the following question in the comments below I will pick a winner at random on 29th July 2013 – Good luck!
QUESTION – How many colours do the Pilot Frixion Highlighters come in – 1, 2 or 3?
Thanks to everyone who entered the competition – I can confirm that it has now closed (winner was drawn at 18:00 on 29th July 2013 – a random number was generated using http://www.random.org/ and the corresponding entry won – good luck next time if you weren’t the winner today!)
It is also worth noting that I was given these pens at a conference free of charge, but all opinions are my own, and are honest.