Bold, balanced barrel and form-fitting grip help reduce writer's fatigue. Precision point ensures fine writing and clean results. Tight-fitting cap protects ink supply. Pen Style: Stick; Ink Color(s): Black.
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I can't buy these in stores anymore, so have to come here. I'm worried about the day Pilot stops manufacturing them. As a visual person, I'm a fan of beautiful handwriting, and the fine tip helps mine to look more elegant. The ink flows smoothly and doesn't glop on the page although it does ball up on the tip (but I tend to use "fancy" paper), so I keep a piece of scratch paper nearby so I can occasionally wipe it.
What I look for in a pen: Low-to-medium price (I tend to loose pens; therefore I never carry a really expensive pen);
glides OK and does not require effort to push; and does not dry up too quickly in a dry climate (with reasonable care).
In comparison, a rant about competing cheap pens: My husband buys the cheapest he can find. The typical result, within a few weeks, is that over half the pens in a box will not write. For example, Papermate basic pens, also older basic styles of Bic. When attempting to write a quick note, I waste 2-3 minutes of pushing those ballpoint pens in circles before they write, if they write at all. If I look closely, I can see the indented lines in the paper, where I attempted to write but got nothing. When they do work, they require a heavy hand, quickly resulting in fatigue and writer's cramp.
These pens, "Pilot EasyTouch", are NOT like the above rant. They begin writing immediately; no warm-up doodles needed. They glide easily enough. There are more expensive pens that glide even better; but for the low price, these are great. I have not noticed any skipping with these medium-point pens.
The only disadvantage is the design of the cap. When uncapped for writing, there is a place to store the cap, on the opposite end, as usual; this is where it does not hold well. The cap is short and falls off with the slightest bump. We have lost several of the clear caps, while writing. I worry that if stored uncapped, the ink might dry up, and result in more pens that refuse to write. Fortunately, that has not happened yet with these Pilot EasyTouch pens. I have noticed that occasionally, one of those pens without caps will have slightly globby ink for the first few seconds of writing, after having been left uncapped for weeks in our dry climate. If the caps were better designed, we could avoid that.
If you have toddlers or puppies, the lost caps might be a choking hazard. Not an issue at our house, so I don't put much effort into trying to find the lost caps.
For newbies here: Be aware that this pen is sold here by multiple sellers. If buying from a third-party seller, be sure to click on links to see ratings specifically for that seller (but not specific to this product).
Pilot has other versions of their "EasyTouch" pens: fine-point ballpoint with cap Pilot EasyTouch Stick Ballpoint Pen, Fine Point, Clear Barrel, Black Ink 12-Count (32001);
and retractable ballpoint Pilot EasyTouch Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, 5-Pack, Black Ink (32290).
Recently, another type of cheap pen that has also impressed me: BIC Round Stic "Grip" BallPoint Pen, such as Ultra Round Stic Grip Ballpoint Stick Pen Blue Ink Medium Dozen. However, I have not owned them as long as these Pilot EasyTouch pens.