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Bic Cristal Bold (1.6mm) - if ever a ballpoint were to tempt me away from my FPs. . .

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Apparently, today is National Ballpoint Pen Day, so I thought I would do some of my writing with my ballpoints. I recently picked up a pack of the 1.6mm Bic Cristal. I have to say: If ever a ballpoint could call me back from my FPs and Gel/RBs, this is the pen!


This one writes silky smooth, with a nice strong line - both issues with the finer sized Cristals (and many BPs in general, to be honest). And it has that timeless design with which so many of us grew up - I admit that it makes me feel nostalgic to use it. 




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We bought the assorted Bold pack a while back for school, but they all ended up coming home (or maybe they stayed home?). There's a puke green color that feels terrible to write with (requires pressure, doesn't feel smooth), but all the other colors are as you describe: smooth, almost no resistance. They are good to write with as long as you leave them in the plastic Bic body.


I  made the mistake of moving some of the bold refills into a Baux host that has a bit of heft, and the lack of resistance combined with the increased inertia of the metal body actually felt pretty bad to write with. The tiny little bit of resistance provided by the Medium point refills makes for a much more pleasant writing experience.


For a pen that comes in a pack of 10 for $1, Bic stick pens write very well. They are a great value...that I will probably never buy again, but will always have in the house anyways (where do they all come from? I find them everywhere!).



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