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#1 Grendel

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:32

Hi all --

I was picking up some 20/92 paper at Staples today when I saw an abdomination -- a BiC Disposable Fountain Pen ! :glare:

At $5 for two I thought I'll give it a shot, they should make good giveaways for the average BiC user who wants to try a "real" pen. :P

For $2.50 a piece I'm willing to write up some impressions, leaving the judging to you. ;)

Some facts:

- it's definately a Pilot Varsity rip-off
- seems to hold more ink than a Varsity
- it's bigger than a Varsity -- longer, thicker, and heavier
- the ink seems to be designed for cheap paper, dries fast, minor feathering
- ink is a very dark greenish-black, the green component appears to be water proof (30s warm water wash)
- I could not pull the feed out as I do on the Varsity's, barrel may be tapered
- the cap has a spring loaded inner cap just like the Varsity

The rest is in the pictures, not my best work -- sorry. I promise I'll take better ones for any future review of any real pen. B)

I'll try to answer any questions that may creep up.

Enjoy !

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 06:57

What more can one expect from a $2.50 pen. I think its a good value pen, for rugged use. Good pictures indeed!

Which red coloured ink is that?
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#3 Grendel

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 07:38

Thanks. The red is Noodler's Dragon's Napalm. Caveat tho, I did not color balance the pictures (for more imnportand shots I use a GretagMacbeth card...) IRL it's a tat more into orange.

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 13:09

Want.

Staples you say? Arrrghhh... I was just there....

Thanks for the review and pics!

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:26

Addendum: There's a 3 color pack for $6.99 as well, looks like BiC is serious about this. The blue is pretty light and uneventfull, the red is more of a light pink IRL. Water resistance on these two is pathetic at best.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 04:36

Great, and not surprising. With Zebra having come out with the 301 within the last year, it makes sense that Bic would enter the marketplace also.

I was last at Staples a couple of weeks ago. Next time I go I will look for these, specifically the 3 pack - want to try all the colours!
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Posted 25 October 2011 - 05:45

I'm such a darn addict, I want to try one :embarrassed_smile: Is the nib finer than the Varsity? That really is my only grip with the Varsity, the point size.

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#8 Grendel

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 06:12

Hard to say, I don't have Varsity loaded w/ its original ink :) Both are labled M but I would say the BiC writes a little bit thinner.

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 12:48

Then these would be more similar to the V-pen (also Pilot). I have a couple, one green, one turquoise, and they write significantly finer than the Varsity. Jetpens used to sell them but they cost a good deal more than $6.99 for three.

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 20:02

Disposable fountain pen?!

When I first read the subtitle-it blew my mind a bit...

Why would an instrument of creating personal memories need to be disposable?!?! Gahhh! :gaah:

Having said that...Maybe I should give one a try, hehe.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 00:32

Hi all --

I was picking up some 20/92 paper at Staples today when I saw an abdomination -- a BiC Disposable Fountain Pen ! :glare:

At $5 for two I thought I'll give it a shot, they should make good giveaways for the average BiC user who wants to try a "real" pen. :P

For $2.50 a piece I'm willing to write up some impressions, leaving the judging to you. ;)

Some facts:

- it's definately a Pilot Varsity rip-off
- seems to hold more ink than a Varsity
- it's bigger than a Varsity -- longer, thicker, and heavier
- the ink seems to be designed for cheap paper, dries fast, minor feathering
- ink is a very dark greenish-black, the green component appears to be water proof (30s warm water wash)
- I could not pull the feed out as I do on the Varsity's, barrel may be tapered
- the cap has a spring loaded inner cap just like the Varsity

The rest is in the pictures, not my best work -- sorry. I promise I'll take better ones for any future review of any real pen. B)

I'll try to answer any questions that may creep up.

Enjoy !

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That shelf shot is interesting, with the Plumix and spots for Sheaffer Calligraphy pens, besides the varsity and Bic. Could it be that fountain pens are "coming back"?

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 01:09

Grendel, nice snapshops by the way.... which camera did you use for picts?.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:19

Hah, someone noticed the shelf shot ;) I was surprised at that row too.

Camera is an Olympus E-P1 that I use for "traveling light" :) First two rows (& addendum) w/ a 12mm/f2 lens, last two w/ a 20mm/f1.7 lens.

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Posted 27 October 2011 - 08:22

IMO, it looks more attractive than the Varsity :embarrassed_smile:

thx for the review, grendel
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Posted 28 October 2011 - 13:32

Thanks for posting the review. This is a better pen than the Zebra, which is really only good for fishing Lego pieces out of tight spaces. It's not as good as the Varsity, though, mainly because the black ink is really an unappealing greenish-grey and the section won't come out so I can fill it with better ink, as you pointed out in the review. The black doesn't look as dark on my paper as it does in the pics here. I haven't seen the other colors except in the photos posted here, but they don't look as good as the Varsity colors, and there's no purple or green. Step it up, Bic. You're late to the field and not catching up. Now where did I put that Preppy.....

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 15:09

Greenish-gray? Now I MUST have them.

I like my Zebra. The more I use it the better it writes.

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 15:24

Did anyone figure out how to turn it into and eyedropper yet?

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 19:03

Thanks for the review.

The BiC pen looks fairly similar to the Carrefour "FluidINK" pen.

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Feed pulls out easily. In fact, the top pen is filled with Sailor Sei Boku.
Ink is a nice dark blue. May feather a tiny bit on poor quality paper. No water resistance whatsoever. The packaging states that the ink is erasable.
Nib is marked 'A' and is comparable to a European medium.

Price: 2.9 EUR (4 USD) for a pack of two.

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Posted 31 October 2011 - 19:55

Maybe they are getting in some for Christmas card season....
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Posted 01 November 2011 - 12:29

Could the Bic be filled with the same vaccum trick as the Varsity? (no need to pull the feed)
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:34

This question may reveal a new high (or low?) in pen addiction, but: whattaya reckon the odds are of ever-so-gently grinding one of these nibs into a nice stub or IC?
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:32

This question may reveal a new high (or low?) in pen addiction, but: whattaya reckon the odds are of ever-so-gently grinding one of these nibs into a nice stub or IC?
:embarrassed_smile:

At the price point it might just be worth a try.... :hmm1:

I've heard of Varsitys having similar things done!

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:42

Disposable fountain pen?!

When I first read the subtitle-it blew my mind a bit...

Why would an instrument of creating personal memories need to be disposable?!?! Gahhh! :gaah:

Having said that...Maybe I should give one a try, hehe.


Perhaps they mean "disposable" for us; as in, something we can use to spread the good gospel of fountain pennery to the masses! I use Varsities to "convert" people all the time, these Bic's may not be a bad back up. I'd definitely pick up a pack to try!
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:53

I like the look of the cap.
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 16:42

Could the Bic be filled with the same vaccum trick as the Varsity? (no need to pull the feed)


Vacuum trick? Please elaborate.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 18:34

I got mine. Yaaayyy!!!!

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 19:42

Going to go looking for a pack ASAP. Ill probably give one away and grind the second into something more my style.

Looking forward to someone coming up with a DIY eyedropper.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 21:45

Did anyone figure out how to turn it into and eyedropper yet?


No luck here. I tried prying the "blind cap" end off but only managed to ding up the plastic. I prefer the size and weight, and even the nib size of these over the Varsity, but the ink is very dull looking. At least the Varsity has decent looking ink.
The BIC would be a much better pen if there was a way to get Noodler's Buletproof Black (or ANY other ink) into it.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 00:57

how long does the ink last before the pen is empty?

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 02:44

Uggghh, BIC! PLEASE! PILOT!!!! EVERYONE ELSE WHO'S MAKING A DISPOSABLE PEN!! Would it cost more to make a pen that has the potential to be reused?? Come on, something as cheap as your current disposable models so that it can be thrown away by those who wish to do so, yet something that CAN be refilled by the rest of us... Is that so unreasonable?! -__-
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