I checked them out and thought about making a purchase but decided against it for the time being. But I happened upon JetPens one day and came across retractable FriXion pens (I see now I was lucky, as they are once again sold out). It happened to be my birthday and I said, What the hell. The pens were added to my cart, the cost was paid for, and they were in my mailbox less than a week later.
I have to say that the hype was true—these pens are awesome!
For anyone unfamiliar with these pens, they are erasable gel pens, something I’ve never come across with any other brand. Apparently, heat from the friction (hence the name) of the rubber eraser takes away the ink. If you put the paper in the freezer, the pen markings will reappear. I haven’t tried this, though I have read that other people have and found it to be true. Maybe someday I’ll test this.
Prior to the FriXions, I was using Sharpie pens for my various planner entries.
|Sharpie pens: Red, Blue, Black, Orange, Green, Purple|
These are great pens—they’re colorful, they don’t bleed through the paper (though you can see the writing from the other side), and they’re easy to use. But they’re not erasable like the FriXions. Also, they all look the same—the only way you can tell what color each pen is, is by the band at the bottom of the pen, and when they’re all stuffed into a pen bag, it’s not so easy to tell. I found that I had to constantly take them all out to find the one that I needed. When using pens in general, I find that retractables are so much easier. What’s the point of “quickly jotting something down” if it takes forever to find the pen you need and then have to remove a cap before the actual writing commences? Since the Sharpies have caps, they are not ideal for my use.
The FriXions pens are great for all the reasons that the Sharpie isn’t—each pen barrel is the color of the ink, making it super easy to find the one you need; they’re retractable, making it an actual “quick jot” of a note or two; and, oh yes, did I mention that they erase? A wonderful tool when adding appointments in my planner. I have yet to find that they bleed through the paper, though I do have to let the ink dry before turning the page; otherwise, there can be some markings on the opposite page from the still-wet ink.
Here is my FriXion collection:
|FriXion pens: Black, Purple, Green, Blue, Orange, Red, Light Blue, Light Green, Dark Blue, Pink|
I bought additional Black FriXion pens for journal writing (this is not retractable, but for journal writing, that’s okay)
The last pen is my Uniball JetStream pen, which I love—it stay in my planner at all times
Here is how I use my pen collection:
I have two pens bags that I’m currently using.
Pink - doctor/health information
Orange - any medication taken during the day
Green - exercise that I have done
Blue - hobbies (writing, knitting)
Purple - media (books read, movies watched)
Yellow - random notes I want to remember
This bag stays at home because there is an opening at either end of the zipper, where the tie appears. If I put this into a bag and it gets jostled around, the contents tend to spill out through one of the openings. The bottom bag is a pencil case I bought at Borders. I am using this to hold my FriXion pens, a second Uniball Jetstream (should the one in my planner run out of ink), and some pencils. Since this bags closes nicely with no spilling of contents, it will travel with me in my bag of choice.
In conclusion, though I haven’t been using the FriXion pens for very long, I highly recommend them for anyone who uses various colors in their planner. I have heard you can get some of the colors at office supply stores or all-in-one stores like Target. I have yet to find the assorted colors in a store here, but thank goodness, there’s always the Internet.