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Does Anyone Here Actually Use A Bic Cristal* As Their Daily Pen?


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#1 Snowyfox

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 15:13

*or any other pens of that bracket, like the Papermate WriteBros or Papermate Kilometrico.

 

I plan to write a comparison between purely Bic Cristals vs. a Jinhao and Pilot 350ml pairing, where both sides would have pretty distinct advantages and disadvantages. But then I thought; even if logically, the Bic Cristal won out, would there be someone here who didn't mind using like 300 Bic Cristals in a row?



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#2 torstar

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 15:56

Yes, I use Bic Bold Cristal 1.6mm ballpoints every day.  Great pens!

 

Not sure if I'm up to 300 yet.... probably 100 in a row, mainly dark blue.

 

My FPs are the MB Proust at work and a large Edison custom-made eyedrop for home, and a few other FPs scattered around.


Edited by torstar, 05 March 2018 - 19:49.


#3 Ron Z

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 18:34

I won't ever go into detail, but after what BIC did with Sheaffer, and others after they closed the Ft. Madison service center in 2008, I won't touch a BIC branded product.  Ever. 


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#4 Bluey

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 18:57

Not necessarily Bic but I use disposable biros every day. However I use fountain pens in times when I want or need to enjoy writing such as poetry, learning current affairs, and journalling etc


Edited by Bluey, 05 March 2018 - 18:58.

Mediterranean blue, Asa Goa, China blue, Royal blue, Sapphire blue, Indigo, Washable Blue....the colours of the rainbow.

#5 Inkling13

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Posted 05 March 2018 - 20:02

I won't ever go into detail, but after what BIC did with Sheaffer, and others after they closed the Ft. Madison service center in 2008, I won't touch a BIC branded product.  Ever. 

I will join you in that sentiment.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:18

I also use the Bic Cristal 1.6 mm. It's almost as smooth as a gel pen and the dark blue ink is intense. The line width is 0.7 mm.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 10:06

I use them for work. If someone steals it. i don't really care lol since it's really only 8 cents.



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 16:00

I use them for work. If someone steals it. i don't really care lol since it's really only 8 cents.

 

The mediums are garbage 90% of the time.

 

It's the bold 1.6mm that are gold.



#9 goodpens

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 16:35

My brother *swears* by the regular, medium point black BICs and stocks up on them. I've heard long lectures about how great they are to keep in the care, office, kitchen, etc. (Seriously--I think he loves them as much as most people here love fountain pens.)

 

The ultra fine BiCs are great if you like really fine point pens. They're nearly impossible to find, but ink in pens with a tip that fine lasts forever. 


Edited by goodpens, 08 March 2018 - 16:39.


#10 Amory

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 17:19

Ah ~ I love them. My bank gives them away. There is some wonderful art created with them displayed on YouTube and other places.

#11 torstar

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 17:58

Must be tough having to virtue signal over Bic Corporation's actions many moons ago.



#12 FountainPenGuru

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 00:25

Cross owns Bic Corporation. What did Bic do in Fort Madison that you are disappointed about?



#13 Drawing61

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 00:47

I don't like Bic for a totally irrational reason - I don't like the name (although it does lend itself to a lot bad puns). My go to for filling out multi-copy forms is a Retro roller ball.


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 03:33

Cross owns Bic Corporation. What did Bic do in Fort Madison that you are disappointed about?

they bought sheaffer from bic


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Posted 09 March 2018 - 15:43

I also use the Bic Cristal 1.6 mm.

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The line width is 0.7 mm.

What's 1.6mm about it?

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 15:48

I cannot stand ballpoints. They just don't write. They'll grind for 5 minutes before deigning to leave ink, which seems to have little to do with how full or empty, new or old they are. It's just a design flaw - due to the high pressure required to make them roll, the pen gets stuck in the ridge it made, to the point the ball can't reach the bottom.

Edited by Corona688, 09 March 2018 - 15:49.


#17 JakobS

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 18:25

I might use them once a month if I have to sign a receipt and forgot a FP, but find no need for them otherwise for work or play.....


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#18 torstar

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Posted 09 March 2018 - 21:00

What's 1.6mm about it?

 

I have 4 of them on the office desk, that's what it says on the barrel....  1.6mm.



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Posted 10 March 2018 - 16:44

well in m school days its the old Zebra ( wooden barrel ) and now at work, the office supply always had these single use ballpoint though technically they are not single use, as almost all of the major brand sell refills that can be put into these ho hum models including the Bic Cristal. So I got to use them almost daily. No fuss, but they keep on working and actually write pretty good and consistent which is not what I could say about plenty of ( much more expensive ) fountain pens.

 

Still even a work the supply now turn more to customizable multi pens.



#20 Corona688

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Posted 10 March 2018 - 17:59

Throwing away every single functional part down to the ink tank hardly counts as a "refill".






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