Pilot FriXion pens use a heat-sensitive ink that allows you to “erase” what you wrote. I just found out about them and gave them a try. Here’s what I learned and my Pilot FriXion review.
You may have just heard about this type of erasable pen and wondering what all the hype is about. I’m a pen snob so it take as a strong recommendation for me to try something new. I’ll admit I’m impressed and wanted to share my Pilot FriXion review to help others who are missing out.
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I was introduced to these pens as part of a goal planning session as a recommendation for people who have a hard time using pre-printed planners and don’t want to mess them up.
Can you relate to that? I can.
It takes a fair amount of motivation to get over the fear of making it messy. But if it’s not being used, than what’s the point? And so what if it’s messy? You’re not being graded on perfection. Reaching your goals is the important part, not the neatness of your planner.
How does the Pilot FriXion work
The Pilot FriXion pens use heat-sensitive ink (“thermochromic ink”) instead of the usual ink we see in pens, and definitely not the same we’ve seen in past erasable pens.
Thermochromic ink, developed in the 1970s, is ink that changes color when exposed to heat.
For FriXion erasable pens, instead of erasing in the traditional sense, the ink turns clear because of the friction of “erasing”. Heat turns the ink clear. This also means that leaving your pens or written documents in a hot car could result in everything disappearing. Anyone want to embrace their inner-spy?
Never fear though. If your pen stops working or you leave your notebook in the car, try putting your notebook and nonworking pens in the freezer for 10 minutes to make the ink show up again.
Are there erasable highlighters?
I know what you’re thinking, especially if you’re trying to time-block on a calendar in a planner? Besides pens, are there erasable highlights?
YES! Pilot makes a line of highlighters in both bright and pastel colors.
Pilot also makes markers! I think that was the part where I was completely stunned and decided this was a game changer.
Both erasable markers and erasable highlighters are great for time blocking on a calendar as well other writing needs. Imagine having a schedule you try to block out, but assume it will need to change. Erasable markers allows you to time block while being able to adjust as appointments and schedules shift around.
I also tried the highlighted over traditional dried gel ink and it didn’t smear.
2 Quick Erasable Pen Tips
- Let the ink dry for a few minutes before trying to erase something you just wrote. While fresh ink doesn’t erase very well, dry ink erases to the point you don’t realize there was writing there.
- The written strokes that come from these pens are on the finer side.If you like thicker writing these pens may not be for you. But from my experience using planners and notebooks, I’ve gotten used to thinner pens as they seem to bleed and ghost through paper less.
When should you not use an eraseable pen?
Erasable pens should not be used on legal or official documents. And given the type of ink used in Pilot FriXion pens, they should be avoided for documents left in hot cars or on mailing labels. Use your regular pens for the legal documents and mailing labels.
Erasable pens are great for planners and taking notes, especially when you want to be able to make changes without having scribbles all over the place.
Wrapping up. Have you had a chance to try these erasable pens? What’s your Pilot Frixion review?
Overall I like these pens, markers, and highlighters so far. They’ll take the fear out of writing in a pre-printed planner. Of course they can’t be used for everything (signatures and legal documents). and I think i’ll need to track down a metal barrel pen or two. I like pens to feel heavier.
What are your thoughts on these pens? Would you try them? Or skip them?
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