On a recent visit to Target in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, I discovered a new Bic 4 Color Soft Grip Ball Point Pen (“ Soft Grip”). Bic multi pens bring back fond memories of junior high school in the early 80’s. My friends and I would write long letters to each other using a different color ink for each sentence. I had picked up the Bic 4 Color “Fashion Colors” Ball Point Pen (“Fashion Colors”) pen at a Walmart in Florida and was interested in trying the new Grip version. The new Soft Grip version looks great and less juvenile than other Bic multi-pens. It has a black body with grey cap. The grip is similar to the rubberized grip I’ve seen on other retractable Bic pens.
I’m not that particular about multi-pens, mainly because I find the body of the pen too thick. I do love the convenience of having a variety of inks at my fingertips. I just wish I could find it in a thinner body.
Except for the green, the inks are nice and dark. All of the inks flowed freely from the very first pen stroke. I don’t think I’ll use the pen on a regular basis but it’s nice to have in my collection. I’ll probably try this pen all next week before making a decision about its place in my rotation of pens and pencils. One great benefit of it being in black is I don’t think I’d be ashamed to use it in the office.
Compared to the Fashion Colors model, the Soft Grip model has a much thicker barrel. While I like the comfort of the grip, it seems to me that they should be able to make a smaller barrel.
Here are writing samples and side by side comparisons of the both the Fashion Colors and Soft Grip model.