Rumors of the fabled existence of a new brand of disposable fountain pen first reached my nosy ears over a month ago. After several disappointing trips, I finally located said mythical product on the Staples shelves of my hometown.
Bic—known for its disposable lighters, razors, cell phones, and ballpoint pens—has entered the disposable fountain pen game.
I like the look of the clip, but otherwise am not impressed by the design. It tries too hard. But I think it’s a requirement for all disposable fountain pens (except for the Sailor Ink Bar) to be ugly, so that you’re not tempted to keep and refill the pen. Which, I guess, makes pretty good business sense.
The hard plastic grip is not particularly comfortable. At all. I’m writing this review by hand prior to typing it up, and it’s starting to wear on me. Maybe it’s the hard ridge where the cap snaps on that’s being such a pain in the thumb. The Pilot Varsity, for all my complaints against it, barely has a ridge where its cap snaps on, making it a little easier to write with.
But for writing, it’s pretty good! I was pleasantly surprised—the ink doesn’t fuzz or feather out on most paper (unlike the Varsity), and it dries pretty quickly. The blue is my top pick—it’s almost a Lamy blue (the red is more of a pink, and the black feels off to me, but I’m all about this blue). None of the nibs were scratchy; they just have that nice tactile feel when writing. AND the ink doesn’t smell weird.
My main concern with this pen is that eventually, I fear the cap will crack. It’s got a very strong hold when you snap the cap on…and the plastic feels like it might be the crack-prone kind….the only reason I’m so worried is because the cap on my Platinum Preppy cracked, wouldn’t stay on, and the pen dried out. Maybe the BIC plastic is thicker, perhaps not as brittle.
The grip is also a concern…it isn’t so much a problem if I’m mindful of how I’m holding the pen and make sure my thumb is above that ridge…but I probably won’t sit down and scribble out a novel with this pen. But it’s nice. It’s decent. And more importantly, it’s another option that’s bringing fountain pens to a mainstream audience. I don’t want to dream too big, but this is exciting! Think, we might have a re-normalization of the fountain pen! At the very least, I hope BIC will roll out more colors. Turquoise, please. Turquoise makes everything better.