Pilot Frixion Erasable Rollerball

When our good friend Simon at Cult Pens told me he was sending over some new erasable pens from Pilot to play with, I honestly wasn’t expecting much. There have been many attempts at producing an erasable pen (remember the Replay?), and all of them have been pretty dismal affairs with rough, dull ink that took a veritable sanding to remove.

But it looks like Pilot have cracked it with the Frixion. I’ll let Simon explain:

Those cunning chemists in Pilot’s ink labs have come up with a new twist on the perennial search for an effective erasable pen. The ink laid down by the Frixion rollerball disappears under friction! The end of the pen has a hard plastic eraser, which when rubbed over the writing causes the colour to disappear from the ink. You can then write over it again with the same pen.

How does it work? Metamocolor technology! ‘Metamocolor’ is a word entirely made up by Pilot marketing people, but basically it’s a type of thermo-reactive ink. The heat generated by the friction causes the ink to become translucent (at 65°C fact-hounds!). Stick it in the freezer (-20°C) and your scribblings will re-appear – albeit slightly faded. Ideal for secret messages and a lot easier than that old lemon juice and candle flames malarkey.

The ink in the Frixion is as good as the ink used in the G-2 or any of the classic Pilot pens. And it works! Rub the eraser over the top of the ink, and it indeed vanishes! I’ve been using these a lot at work, and it’s rendered the tippex bottle near enough useless (I have no shame in admitting that occasionally I make mistakes). And it is a really nice pen, too – a decent plastic rollerball that is nicely balanced when posted. Good stuff.

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