Fresh or Tired: Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen
It took Borders flat lining for me to finally say, “hey, now is as good a time as any to try Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen.” 80% off the listed price of $4.99 for a two pack seemed to be sweet spot for me to try a pen that evoked those disappointing erasable pens of junior high.
The barrel reminds me the 90s “put the word EXTREME in front of everything” craze, which resulted in a lot unremarkable products relying on pitch people without inside voices and use of jump/shutter cuts that bordered on criminal.That’s okay, because Pilot could benefit from more jazzy barrel designs (in my opinion).
The pen is interesting because it doesn’t so much erase as it acts as a coat of primer that renders the ink colorless but not exactly erased. I’m sure there’s something notable about this distinction, but honestly after 15 minutes writing swear words and then “erasing” them I couldn’t tell a difference between “erasing” and “rendering the ink colorless”.
The pen smells EXACTLY like junior high misery. That same faintly rubbery smell of misspelled vocab words. This is amusing, but also kind of a downer. I have two friends who swear by this pen and honestly, I just don’t get it. It’s a nice enough pen, but nothing spectacular and I still don’t like the whole erasable pen concept. Here’s your chance to set me straight. Tell me all about this pen. Help me see the error of my ways.