Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Gel Ink Pen – Violet (0.5mm), Blue Black (0.4mm), and Brown (0.4mm)

13 09 2011

Fun fact: the brown FriXion Point was one of the 4 pens in my very first JetPens order

In my experience with the new generation of “erasable” pens, the Pilot FriXion Point (and the Pilot FriXion Color-Pencil-Like erasable gel pens, but that’s another review) is the first pen I tried. It was so impressive and so much fun, I spent several lunch breaks writing things out, holding the paper above a lighter to erase everything, then throwing the paper in the freezer to show my coworkers the resurrected writings later.

Guess which one of these three is marketed to Americans.

Much like the Uni Fanthom, the Pilot FriXion Point is a lightweight pen made almost entirely of plastic. The design on the Japanese FriXion Points I ordered from JetPens has an enjoyable simplicity and classiness; the Pilot FriXion Point available in American stores is inexplicably covered in tribal tattoos that are vaguely reminiscent of flames. I ask again: Pilot, why do you hate America?

What is wrong with this picture? (aside from the color balance)

There is a design flaw that all models share: the eraser gets tucked securely away beneath the posted cap, protecting you from ever using it effectively while writing without taking off the cap and risking it falling off tables / into the clutches of wily domesticated animals.

What, you wanted to actually use these?

The eraser is such a BIG FREAKING DEAL, you would think it would have been impossible for this design to make it to production. I have a hard time imagining that no one at any point in the design process expressed concern about the position of the eraser. What was the reasoning that let this fly out? No one will notice? No one will want to erase anyway? No one will want to use the eraser when they can use STOVES AND FIRE to erase?

Here's something essentially useless that could have gone underneath the posted cap

Pilot has addressed this issue in other FriXion models, but would it really be so hard to fix this on the FriXion point as well? Just put the button with the tip size written on it where the eraser currently is, and vice-versa. Problem solved.

The 0.4mm pens are speaking rudely of the 0.5mm pen. The 0.5mm just wants to be one of the gang! /the 0.4mm pens have been making out or something. Is that pen makeout drool hanging between them? EW.

Aside from achieving the stupidest position for an eraser, the Pilot FriXion Point gets top marks in all other categories. It writes smooth, both fast and slow, has consistent and rich ink, and does what it claims to do—erase. Just don’t be afraid of erasing with it; erase with vigor! You have to, to generate the heat needed to set off the chemical reaction that “erases” the ink. You don’t need to erase like you’re trying to rip the page off, mind you, but you’re also not trying to erase a pencil mark off a butterfly’s wing.

Just pretend like the eraser is totally easily accessible off-screen to the right

While this isn’t my favorite FriXion model due to the much-stressed design issue, it does have the highly desirable trait of being easily available in physical big-box stores. I’ve even seen them in the likes of Rite Aid and CVS! The eraser thing is annoying, but you don’t need that particular eraser; anything that will generate friction and thus, heat, will work. You can even use your finger (though I don’t recommend it; it kind of hurts). Or leave your note on top of the toaster oven while making breakfast. Or take your note outside in Texas.

Write with all three at once for maximum inconvenience

Like I said, these are available all over the place, or, at least the 0.5mm FriXion Point and its color variants are available all over the place. If the place sells pens, there’s a good chance you can find the 0.5mm tattooed FriXion Point there. But for the 0.4mm goodness:

Pilot FriXion Point 04 Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Blue Black at JetPens

Pilot FriXion Point 04 Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Brown at JetPens

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13 responses

13 09 2011
Shangching Huitzacua (@bakanekosan)

I have always enjoyed your reviews, especially your drawing! The blue-black, purple, and brown make good color combination. I have a friXion pen in green from the previous edition (the body is more bulbous than the ones you review), and I did not enjoy it as much as I expected. Now your review has rekindled my interest.

13 09 2011
No Pen Intended

:D thanks! I’d recommend probably the Pilot FriXion knock retractable model…I think it has possibly the best design of the friXions, and you can use any of the friXion point refills in it

13 09 2011
John M.

Lookout! That brown one says it has C4 in the cap!

17 09 2011
Wei

I think someone has tried to erase with the cap :)

4 10 2011
No Pen Intended

yyyeeaaah……oooooops :D

4 10 2011
No Pen Intended

heehehe man, how could I miss a joke as good as that? :D

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1 12 2011
Hernan

I WANT THEMMM! :( I LOVE THEM! Only got a black one for my exam

8 08 2013
Dieting

Hey there! I’ve been following your website for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atascocita Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the excellent job!

29 03 2014
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19 01 2015
carolina

I’ve tryed three blue 0.5 needle point pens and two of them seemed to “dry” with all the ink inside the cartridge. The cartridge is full, hardly used, so I think the problem is the needle point. Two of three is quite a problem with this model.

8 10 2015
Achro

I’ve just run into these pens for the first time, and I agree with your complaint about the eraser placement. I’ve wondered why they didn’t put it on the cap as well.

The reason may be that they don’t want you to lose the eraser, if you lose the cap. It would be annoying to have the pen’s special feature lost….

I guess they need 2!

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