I have long since been a fan of these cheap and cheerful Bic ballpoint ballpoint pens. I am sure you have all been as guilty as I have, in calling these the "disposable" pens that are only ever issued, seldom bought, only to be used when there is a good chance they will never be seen again. Well I now know that these are the sort of pens that will never be handed back in, because of the fact that they are so good.
Allow me to justify my claims, they are so smooth, writing with very little friction, and leaving one smooth line on the paper. This is easy to read, and dries as quickly as any other ink. The smoothness of the writing suggests that the pen comes from one of the more expensive makers. Apparently the point itself is brass, and the ball is made from tungsten carbide! As for comfort, the rubber grip makes the pen easy to hold, even with sweaty fingers. I have been very thorough in my research, and have found that the thickness of the line is point four millimeter.
My choice of the colour of the pen casing itself was red, possibly because that was the only colour available! I have no idea if these come in other colours. The price, was just under the Five Pound mark, for a pack of a dozen pens. I do realise Bic ballpoint pens usually go for about twenty pence each, but as I have explained, these are the soft touch versions, and are a bit better than the bargain basement ones.
I suppose it's obvoius that these Bic ballpoint pens are retractable, which I do prefer, rather than the ones that require a cap to be rammed on. The ink colour is a lovely dark blue, but you are able to get black ones. The pens themselves are durable enough to live in my pocket, which is praise indeed. I have yet to snap one.
The Bic pen was named after a Marcel Bich, who introduced the ballpoint pen to France in 1950, although he had been producing fountain pens for years before that. The company also produced parts for mechanical pencils. The company was formed in 1945 with a partnership with Edouard Buffard.
As for the future of ballpoint pens, you may be thinking their days are numbered in this age of the paperless society. In my opinion, there seems to be even more paperwork nowadays, (just as a backup of course). I can never see the time coming when pens are something only seen in museums - can you?