Frixion

Pilot Frixion Slim 05 Black Pen Review

The Pilot Frixion erasable rollerball pen that come in a wide range of colours. This review will be focusing on the black Frixion fine tip, slim barrelled pen.

On the end of the pen is a small clear eraser which allows you to erase the pens ink. In actual fact the eraser makes the ink on the page transparent rather than erasing it completely. And it works really well. There is no dust from the eraser and the lines disappear from the page. In some instances you can see a small indentation of the pens line but no different to graphite and an eraser.

Frixion eraser

Frixion eraser

I have used a few different variations of the Frixion pen over the years but the one I prefer is the slim barrel pen. The diameter of the slim barrel is much nicer to write with than the standard pen. The slim barrel is also easier to carry around and fits in various pen loops like the Leuchtturm1917 pen loop.

Pilot has tried to have some fun with the Frixion design. The barrel has a swirled design that kind of reminds me of a tattoo. For the different coloured pens you have a macthing coloured barrel. This makes them stand out and easy to see when reaching into your pen pot. They probably do this better than the other gel and rollerball pen brands.

The Frixion writes well. I really like the fine needle tip on the slim barrel pen, it makes it really easy to see what you're writing on the page. I also really like the 0.5mm line width. I have found that it writes on most different paper types with ease with no skipping problems. The eraser does its job as well and gets rid of anything unwanted.

The needle tip 

The needle tip 

The downside for me with this pen is the colour of the black ink. It just isn’t really very black. As the ink is erasable it obviously changes the properties of a standard rollerball or gel ink pen. The ink colour is really noticeably different. Below you can see a comparison against various other black gel and rollerball pens that shows how light the Frixion black is. It's more of a grey colour and kind of looks faded. I would like to try a couple of different colour inks in the Frixion line to see if they suffer from the same faded look.

Written comparison against other black ink rollerball and gel pens

Written comparison against other black ink rollerball and gel pens

After using this pen for a while I don’t have a positive or negative view of this pen. It writes ok, it does what it says it should and erases quite well with no weird fluffy residue to deal with. But the thing is I like my black inks to be a really dark black, not grey, not a light black, a real black. This pen just doesn’t cut it. Because of this my black Frixion now lives in my car so there is a pen to hand if I ever need one. I think this is the perfect fit.