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Add colour and fun to your everyday note-taking with Bic 4 Colour Fluo Black Blue Red Ball Pen and Highlighter. It features multi-ink ballpoint pens with the added feature of a highlighter pen in fluorescent yellow colour. Standard inks consist of Blue, Black and Red with a medium point nib and a yellow highlighter ink using a large 1.6mm nib. This makes writing and highlighting easy as there is no need to keep swapping between products. The pen also comes with a handy loop on the top for use with a lanyard.
• Includes three retractable ballpoint pens and one retractable highlighter
• Features three medium nibs for normal writing; large yellow ink nib for highlighting
• Medium 1.0mm classic ballpoint ink gives line width of 0.32mm
• Large 1.6mm yellow highlighter ballpoint ink gives line width of 0.42mm
• Yellow transparent barrel allows user to to see ink levels
As a Kiwi I have always used Bic pens. I have owned their four coloured pens since I was a teenager and found it handy at university to be able of underline my headings in different colours. As a teacher we had to use different coloured pens for different things so it was always handy to have one pen that did it all rather than having to carry several pens. Now I am on longer teaching I still prefer to buy the four coloured pens as I can always be guaranteed that at least one colour will work for me.
I have seen different versions of the classic four colour pen over the years but the latest with a highlighter rather than a green ink excited me. I even went into the bookshop to get one before they were available for review. Unfortunately they didn't have them yet but the shop assistant was as excited as I was. I was hoping to get one for myself but also to add to my Dad's Father's Day present as he is a keen crossword puzzler.
I was lucky enough to be given one to review. It has proven very popular in my household and is currently missing. There are the standard blue, red and black pens and a ball point highlighter yellow. Miss 7 had been learning her basic facts for a maths-a-thon at school. I found that giving her this pen to write her answers with provided good motivation although it did slow her down was she was constantly changing colours. Miss 9 wrote a very colourful letter to the tooth fairy using Mum's new pen.
We found that you could write with the highlighter colour but it wasn't as easily read as the other colours which was a bonus if someone was looking over your shoulder. The highlighter was also great for underlining information. You could also scribble over the top of your writing with a highlighter and still clearly see the writing below. I love this new Bic 4 colour pen and will be buying more both for myself (since someone has stolen mine) and to add to Christmas presents
If someone had told me a few weeks ago that I would be writing a review on a Bic pen, I would have laughed. After all, what can you say about a pen? It is designed to make marks on paper while keeping the hands of the user free of inky stains. It needs to be comfortable to use. It needs to last a reasonable length of time. And it needs to be inexpensive - especially if, like me, you are always losing it.
Well, I have revised my opinion. There is actually a lot to be said about this pen. As a teacher, I am always losing pens: the main reason is that I change from black to red, then stop to highlight something, then go back to black again. In between changes, the pens mysteriously vanish. In fact, sometimes they vanish permanently and then I have to go and find replacements.
Well, I have been using the new fluo pen for nearly a fortnight and have not mislaid it once - because, instead of swapping tools, I now have everything in the same package. It is wonderful for marking student work as it can change, grade and highlight with just a small adjustment to the loading mechanism. As a teacher, I have to do a lot of marking, and anything that makes my job easier is a bonus. And yellow is the ultimate choice for a highlighter as it is easy to see even on darker paper. It was no accident that the old AA signs used to be yellow and black for heightened visibility.
I am not sure yet what sort of mileage I will get out of it; apparently Bic pens are known for effortlessly writing several kilometres worth of script without drying up, but I have never before had a pen for long enough to test that out. I will be interested to see if the highlighter lasts as long as the three conventional ink pens. At least I will not lose my pen; the little loop on the top means I can tie it to the inside of my schoolbag, and be sure it is going to be there when I need it.
In fact I like everything about it. The barrel is tailor made for someone with incipient RSI from too much interaction with a keyboard as it is large and smooth - meaning you don't have to grip it too tightly. I like the see-through aspect as it not only offers a glimpse of what is inside, but also gives the impression of sleek modernity. And finally, the ink and highlighter colours are perfect for a busy teacher who has to mark a couple of hundred pages of student work by yesterday.
And as for that green ink that has been superseded by fluo yellow? I won't give that a thought. Never used it anyway!
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