Awesome Pen Swag: Frixion Ball 05 from NEC/Tokin
I swiped a lot of pen swag at the Photonics West 2015 Exhibition, but NEC/Tokin’s giveaway deserves to be highlighted: a Pilot Frixion Ball 05 retractable erasable pen with 0.5mm tip.
NEC/Tokin makes an interesting mix of materials, sensors, and components such as capacitors, chokes, and relays.Â Somebody there must like pens, because the Ball 05 isn’t a cheap pen made to be customized.Â It’s a cool pen that’s not even available at retail in the US (and is currently $3.80 at JetPens).
My theory is that NEC/Tokin has been infiltrated by a secret pen addict – and I’m very thankful 🙂
Now onto the pen…this is my first retractable Frixion, but not my first Frixion.Â I still have mixed feelings about Frixions, but this one is definitely a keeper.
I’m still getting used to the knock being the clip – half the time I still press the eraser, but nothing happens….of course, Pilot’s choice makes sense, it just takes a little getting used to it.
I like the tip size (05=0.5mm).Â I also like the tip size of my Frixion Point 04 (0.4mm), but I find the US market Frixions to be too big for my normal writing.Â On the other hand, the black ink isn’t as dark as a gel, and the tip isn’t as smooth as a gel either.
Frixions do have a reputation for running out quickly; I felt my US market Frixions didn’t last very long, but my Point 04 is still going strong, so I hope this Ball 05 will be similar.