I don’t own a Pilot FriXion Ball 3 Slim,
3 color multi-pen in 0.5 in Dark Silver.
But it feels like something I should own.
Like a flotation device.
Or the key to the fire escape.
I would feel better knowing it is there.
By all accounts, the pen is magnificent.
Tapered, ergonomic, neutral in tone
with a dark silver outer shell
almost speaking to a more expensive device.
The only issue that causes concern
is which color to use and when?
I might just use blue to avoid any difficulties.
Some refer to the pen as being “magic,”
but that feels too strong.
Sure, the thermosensitive ink will disappear
when rubbed with the friction eraser
but this feature comes with a price.
Like a hot car or poolside writing in the tropics.
What then? In essence, the pen demands a
full usage plan and careful consideration
of the weather or dramatic shifts in temperature.
This is not a pen for climate change.
The emergency plan requires temperatures of
-10 for the ink to reappear, but again, this
feels like a weakness more than a strength.
I wonder if the thermosensitive ink will
deter from the writing experience.
Doubt is the writer’s mortal enemy.
A pen that brings doubt with every beautiful
“S” or architectural “T,” is more of a danger
than a device of good.
I don’t have to buy it.