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BIC 4-Color Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Assorted Ink, 3-Count

by BIC
449 customer reviews
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  • Four color (black, blue, red, green) convenience in one pen
  • Perfect for recording data in different colors
  • Features lanyard hole
  • Available in 1.0 mm medium and 0.8 mm fine point
  • Refillable
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Product Description

Size: 3 Count

The 4-Color Ball Pen includes the convenience of four colors (black, blue, green, red) all in one pen. This pen is perfect for recording data in different colors. It features a lanyard hole for easy transportation. Available in medium and fine point. Refillable.

Product Information

Size: 3 Count
Technical Details
Brand NameBIC
Item Weight1.4 ounces
Product Dimensions5.8 x 0.2 x 0.2 inches
Item model numberMMP31-ASSORTED
Number of Items1
Size3 Count
Point TypeMedium
Ink ColorBlue
Manufacturer Part NumberMMP31-ASSORTED
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #237 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableOctober 22, 2009

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charles Magnuson on January 17, 2013
Size: 3 Count Verified Purchase
I have an extreme fondness for these pens. My mom used to carry one in her purse when I was a kid, along with some Hot Wheels cars. When I'd get bored, my mom would let me draw with this pen and play with the cars. It fascinated me how this regular size pen could have four different colors in it. What especially amazed me was how one color would automatically retract when a different color was engaged. It was almost magical.

Despite the fact that I am now 20 years older, I still love these pens. They are fantastic for taking notes as you can use the colors to visually distinguish sections and topics. My only complaint is that the clicking noise the pen makes when changing colors is too loud. In quiet situations the loud clicking can become obnoxious. It would be wonderful is this pen were released in a higher quality material than plastic so that the action of changing colors didn't make quite the racket.

In any case, I love this pen and the fact that this item comes in packs of three makes the situation three times better.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BeBopRedux on December 29, 2013
Size: 3 Count
Nurse here. 30 years now. These are a staple of nurses. Pretty much the only pen that can meet our needs. It works. I have a bunch of them. However, I have to do countless paper work. After using these pens for a 8 hour shift, you start to see design flaws that I dearly hope are addressed by BIC. Maybe they've become complacent over the years?

My biggest gripe is the annoyingly sharp edge at the bottom of the clip. After a few hours of usage it starts to REALLY annoy you. At the base of my thumb. Would it take a lot to make this clip free of that unnecessarily sharp edge? I have started to use sandpaper to accomplish this on my own. Maybe if you only use this pen less frequently than I do it's no big deal but, when you have to do tedious paperwork at 3AM and are tired too? Very annoying.

Look. I use these pens because really, there are not a whole lot of other options unless you want to carry around 3 pens. IMO, BIC has essentially dropped any sort of plans to improve on this pen. It could be so much better.

I for one would love a more durable version of these. Perhaps metal. It'd be nice to have a sleek metal one with zero sharp edges on it. I'd buy a dozen ink refills and be a happy camper (nurse). Come on BIC! Can you at least tweak the design a bit? It's getting old. Time for a refresh if you ask me.

They could be so much better and so much more comfortable to use. Anyone else feel the same way?
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Thayer on January 16, 2014
Size: 3 Count Verified Purchase
I first started using these pens more then 40 years ago when I needed a multi-color pen in my work as an Air Force hospital medic in the Philippines. Nowadays my aging, pudgy fingers appreciate having the pen's wide barrel to grip.

IMHO these pens are the best of their kind (four-color retractable ball pen) but they have their problems. I don't think I have ever had one that out-lasted its ink supply.

For one thing, you can crack the barrel of a pen you've had for a while by screwing it on too tightly. This you can try to bandage with a stip of tape -- preferably "magic" tape that won't ooze adhesive.

Also, in warmer climes or conditions, the ink is prone to leak a bit. This, at least, eventually gums up the works at the tip of the pen. At worst, the green ink in particular seems the first to leak out of the pen and stain your pocket. Even if you're not a nerd, it's wise to use a pocket protector with this pen in hot weather or sweaty conditions.

You can usually clear out the tip, or otherwise clean up the ink, with isopropyl alcohol, but rinse promptly and copiously with water. Isopropyl does nothing good for the plastic body of the pen.

In general, once any of these problems created inconvenience, I just disposed of my pen and bought a new one.

As my need for a multi-color pen passed, other thick-grip pens came on the market, and the store-bought price for this pen rose to near $5 each, I stopped using them. In the meantime, perhaps Bic may have improved the formulation of their green ink. I don't know.

It is mostly the Amazon price (on Jan 16, 2014) of $5.59 for 3 ($1.86 each) that brought me back. And the nostalgia.

Because despite the problems, I "like" this pen as the best available of its kind, and because I "love" the good value of the Amazon price for this 3-pack, I award this offer 5 stars, up from 4.

Just keep a wary eye on that green ink.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Tobias #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 31, 2014
Size: 3 Count Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've been going back and forth between this pen and the Paper Mate InkJoy Quatro for a while now.

After careful consideration based on this extensive usage...

I've concluded that the choice of these two pens...

Basically depends on your preferences.

The barrel of the BIC feels a bit narrower. It turns out it is... not. They are within 0.02" of each other. The Ink Joy barrel does have some rubbery stuff on it, which doesn't provide any cushioning but does make it a bit easier to hold on to than the smooth BIC.

Perhaps the main difference is in the ink. Unfortunately, even there I can't see a clear winner. The Ink Joy black, blue, and green are a tad bolder. I preferred the BIC's slightly deeper shade of red. However, with the Ink Joy I've seen "globs" of ink from around tip of the black cartridge. That might also happen with the other colors and I haven't noticed it because I don't use them as much.

The rest is either subtle or obvious. The BIC has the little ring at the top so you can "leash" it to a clipboard. The Ink Joy looks a bit more professional or as much as it can, being four colors and plastic. The BIC is somewhat iconic.

Those were the subtle parts. The obvious differentiator is price. Until a few minutes ago, I would have said the BIC won in that category because under $6 for three pens is pretty reasonable. However, then I came across this bargain,
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