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BIC Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0 mm), Blue, 10-Count

by BIC
505 customer reviews

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  • Up to 35% smoother than BIC's traditional ballpoint ink
  • New & Improved!
  • Featuring Eady-Glide System ink for ultra-smooth writing
  • Our Quality Comes in Writing!
  • Roll-proof hexagon-shaped barrel
  • Clear barrel for visible ink supply
  • Available in 1.0 mm medium point in black, blue and red ink
  • Non-refillable
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Size:10 Count  |  Color:Blue

The Cristal Xtra Smooth Ball Pen is The Pen America Grew Up With. It has proven reliability, writing up to 35% smoother than BIC's traditional ballpoint ink. It features a roll-proof hexagonal-shaped barrel so it won’t roll off surfaces. The clear barrel offers a visible ink supply. 1.0 mm medium point. Blue ink. Non-refillable. Package includes 10 pens.

Product Information

Size: 10 Count | Color: Blue
Technical Details
Brand NameBIC
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions0.4 x 4.4 x 8 inches
Item model numberMSP101-Blu
Number of Items1
Size10 Count
Point Typemedium
Ink Colorblue
Manufacturer Part NumberMSP101-Blu
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #5,474 in Office Products (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableDecember 3, 2007

From the Manufacturer

Go Back to School and Fight for your Write with BIC Pens

Writing Builds Self-Confidence

"Studies show that children who write frequently, both at school and at home, feel more confident in their writing abilities. This confidence translates into success in all academic subjects and in nonacademic environments as well."

– Pam Allyn, Your Child’s Writing Life and Prepare My Child for School: Early Childhood Education and U.S. Department of Education.

Writing Sparks Creativity

According to an expert in educational psychology from the University of Washington, handwriting instruction benefits students' cognitive development as well as motor functioning. For example, some of the motor and cognitive tasks associated with handwriting are the following: ideation, text production, punctuation, planning, spelling, grammar.

Source: Hanover Research (2012). The Importance of Teaching Handwriting in the 21st Century. Washington, DC: Hanover Research.

Writing Betters School Performance

Handwriting builds a solid foundation for school success. Research shows that handwriting is a foundational skill that can influence student’s reading, writing, language use, and critical thinking.

For more information and facts about writing, visit BIC website.

How Handwriting Can Make YOU Awesome!

For more information and facts about writing, visit BIC website.

  • Improves cognitive development
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Betters school performance
  • Helps reading skills
  • Sparks creativity
  • Sharpens critical thinking skills

Tips to Inspire Your Kids to Write

1. Set aside specific times during the week for writing stories, songs or even jokes. Let your kids use their imaginations.

2. Have an assortment of colorful pens, pencils and markers on hand that will make kids want to spend more time writing.

3. Make writing special for kids with their own personal table, desk, or designated area. Get them excited about their own writing space.

4. Give kids a fun assignment that requires them to write. Make a birthday wish list or write a letter to someone famous.

5. Make up games around writing. Practice signing their autograph to give to mom or dad.

BIC Pens to Bring Back to School

BIC Cristal Xtra-Smooth Pen

Featuring Easy-Glide System ink for ultra-smooth writing that is up to 35% smoother than BIC's traditional ballpoint ink.

BIC Round Stic Xtra-Life Pen

The #1 selling ball pen* that writes 40% longer on average than the leading competitor.

*Source: The NPD Group, Inc./Retail Tracking Service/U.S. Unit Sales/Apr 2014 – Mar 2015

BIC Cristal Xtra-Bold Pen

Featuring bold and colorful lines for vivid writing.

BIC Round Stic Grip Xtra-Comfort Pen

Consistent, fluid writing and a soft grip for a comfortable hold.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

442 of 450 people found the following review helpful By RC on December 14, 2007
Size: 12 CountColor: Black
Since taking delivery of my pen I have been very happy with the quality of ink deposition on the various types of paper that I have used. On the first day when I excitedly unwrapped my pen (thanks for the high quality packaging Amazon!) I just couldn't contain my excitement and went around finding things to write on, like the shopping list on the notice board in our kitchen, the Post-it notes next to the phone, and on my favorite lined A4 pad at the side of my desk.

My pen is the transparent type with a blue lid. I selected this one in preference to the orange type because I like to be able to see how much ink I have left so that I can put in another order before I finally run out.

When the initial excitement of taking delivery of my new pen started to wear off I realized that I shouldn't just write for the fun of it, this should be a serious enterprise, so by the second day of ownership I started to take a little more care of what I wrote. I used it to sign three letters, and in each case was perfectly happy with the neatness of handwriting that I was able to achieve.

I have a helpful tip for you that you might not know about - if you let the ink dry for a few seconds you can avoid the smudging that sometimes happens if you rub the ink immediately after writing. Fortunately the ink used in this particular Bic pen seems to dry very quickly.

On the third day of ownership I went on a trip to London and took my pen carefully packed away in my brief case, but I needn't have worried, this isn't some temperamental ink pen that leaks when you store it at the wrong angle. I sat at my meeting and confidently removed the cap from my pen and it wrote flawlessly, almost immediately.
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231 of 240 people found the following review helpful By donniedarko on December 15, 2007
Size: 12 CountColor: Black
Do you recall the old Bic commercials where they fire a Bic pen into a piece of wood and it still writes? Well I do, but I never really believed it. That is, until I had the necessary task of defending my life with the aid of a Bic pen. Coming home and alarming an intruder, I found myself locked in mortal combat with a very large man who was intent on killing me. My only weapon was the Bic Cristal ballpoint pen I routinely carry in the breast pocket of my starched white pinpoint oxford button down.

I was able to successfully insert my Bic Cristal ballpoint pen into the esophogial area of my attacker's throat and incapacitate him until the constables arrived to take him into custody. Paramedics removed the pen from his throat and returned it to me. Rather amazingly, I wiped the blood and a small amount of body tissue from the pen and used it to write my police statement.

Though not commonly considered a weapon of self defense, my Bic Cristal ballpoint pen proved to me the old adage that "the pen is mightier than the sword." (I must admit though, that I would have far preferred a sword had I the option to choose beforehand.) All in all, a five star rating for this dual-use pen.
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261 of 272 people found the following review helpful By Pete Strohs on December 13, 2007
Size: 12 CountColor: Black
I've been in and out of prison most of my life and I specialize the in fine art of prison tattooing. Now, I've tried many types of pens, Pilots, Sanfords, Paper Mates, and others. But for the sheer consistency of color, permeability, and aesthetic character, I use only BIC(R) Cristal(R) Ballpoint Pens.

When you try to get the ink to adhere to a sharpened paper clip, you instantly can tell the difference in workability with a Bic. The fine line work reqired in realistically rendering a flaming serpent wrapping the bare breasts of a nymph straddling a crucifix would be nearly impossible with any other pen.

Clients can be picky. So when I aim to please I trust on BIC(R) Cristal(R) Ballpoint Pens.
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113 of 117 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2010
Size: 12 CountColor: Black
I live in 1982. I don't know why, but every December 31st, time goes back to January 1st, 1982. I have to live the whole year again, every single day. From the dissaparition of Mark Thatcher, to the Japan Airlines Flight 350 crash, to the Falkland Wars. At least in November each year Michael Jackson releases Thriller, and my dad gives it to me as a birthday present a couple of weeks later. In audio cassette tape format.

You know, the only thing i have got to listen to music around here is my dependable TPS-L2 Walkman. It plays cassette tapes. The only problem is that it eats batteries like Pac-Man eats dots, so i have to be careful with rewinding my cassette tape manually so i don't waste the batteries doing such lowly task. I need my music man, it's the only thing that keeps me sane. And i know that in January 1st i won't have Thriller because of the stupid time loop, and i'll have to wait eleven months before i get to listen to it again.

Well, back to the pen: the Cristal Stic Ballpoint Pen fits exactly in the holes of a cassette tape, so i insert it there and then i make the tape turn around the pen to rewind it. A couple of minutes later, and the tape is completely rewound. My Bic pen has never broke or anything during such task.

I don't use it to write, though. Not often.

I'm just using the pen right now to write this note, that i will leave on my copy of Michael Ende's Neverending Story (ironic, isn't it ?) The note will remain hidden there until the year 2010, when you'll open the book and find it. Then you'll be able to copy my review and post it on . Why, do you ask ? Well, i'm not sure, but i've been in 1982 too many times, more times than i'm able to remember.
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