How and What are Frixion pens

Pilot Frixion Ball range of colours

This article will introduce you to the Pilot Frixion range of pens.  All views are only my own and not Pilot’s. 

I was introduced to the Pilot frixion range by a friend and planner addict who thinks they are great. I started out using the Frixion Colors range of pens because I wanted to use them in my Erin Condren planner for decorations.  These pens are like felt tip or marker pens but you can totally erase them.  I mean totally no trace, I was amazed at how well they erased.  Pilot has a large range of styles of Frixion pens from felt tip to needlepoint. We stock and use the Frixon Colors, Point, Ball and Light pens.

The how of Frixion ink

Pilot have been working on this technology since 1975 when they patented what they call Metamo ink.  The ink is actually made up of microcapsules that form the colour.  In these capsules is leuco dye, colour developer and colour change temperature regulator.  The dye determines the colour but doesn’t actually produce it until it chemically bonds with the colour developer.  The colour change temperature regulator is what prevents this bonding above a certain temperature, making the colour disappear.   The company took 31 years to release a pen using this technology.  That pen was the frixion ball pen with a .7mm tip and it was released in Europe.

These pens work because the ink is thermo-sensitive. They come with a special erasing tip which allows the paper to be heated up quickly without damaging it but this isn’t the only way you can remove it.  Ironing or blow drying will also make these inks disappear.  If you want the ink to reappear all you have to do is put it in the freezer as the ink reappears under -10 degrees celsius.

Uses for Frixion pens

  • Papercraft such as scrapbooking or journaling where you don’t want to make a mistake but you don’t want to write in pencil.  I use the frixion clicker for faux calligraphy so if I don’t like how something looks I can erase it and start again.
  • Writing or tracing on fabric for embroidery or sewing guides.  Or sketch a picture out on fabric and then when your happy with it go over it with a permanent fabric marker and then iron the material, the frixion inks will disappear and leave your design in permanent marker.   
  • Turn frixion colors into watercolours by scribbling on a piece of plastic add a little bit of water and then paint with your favourite brush.
  • Frixion has a range of highlighters too so you can use them as you would normally use a highlighter but if you decide something doesn’t need highlighting you can erase the highlight, these would also be good for turning into watercolours.
  • And lastly they are a great everyday pen for all uses where you would use a ballpoint or gel pen

What not to do with your Frixion pen

Don’t leave anything you have written on in your car on a hot day as it will disappear from your book.

Don’t run a piece of paper that has frixion ink on it through a copier or laminator as the heat will also make it disappear.

Basically don’t heat it up by any means unless you want it to disappear, and remember to bring it back chill it in the freezer below -10c .

My thoughts on Frixion pens.

I have tried the Pilot Frixion colors, ball, clickers, point and soft lights and I like them a lot.  The ball and clickers I have been using for hand lettering with good results. The colors range is very vivid and user-friendly but it would be nice to have a smaller nib as they are a bit wide for fine work.  The soft lights are lovely and very muted but I think they may be a bit too muted, that’s just my opinion though.  The Frixion Point would have to be my favourite in the range as it has a needlepoint and comes it a range of colours. All together they are very useable fun pens and I recommend them as an alternative to a pencil and eraser.

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