Review: BIC Atlantis Exact, Ballpoint, 0.7mm

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Well, BIC has surprised me for the second time in recent weeks.  Maybe we can chalk it up to some planetary alignment or the level of the tides, but either way, the BIC Atlantis Exact is a pretty solid ballpoint pen. Overall, it’s smooth, comfortable, and is a very consistent writer.

It’s not perfect, of course. The all-plastic pen comes across a little cheap in ways that similarly priced pens don’t. On closer inspection, even its “metal” tip seems to simply be just a shiny piece of plastic. It could also stand to have a stronger (metal) clip, and it would be nice to see it hold a bit more ink.

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Regardless, the Atlantis Exact has a “pros” list that can’t be ignored. It has a grip that runs almost the entire length of the barrel, the ink doesn’t blob or smear, and it puts down nice, fine lines. I wouldn’t exactly jump at the chance to use one of these pens, but I wouldn’t be disappointed to pull one out of a supply closet either.

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2 thoughts on “Review: BIC Atlantis Exact, Ballpoint, 0.7mm

  1. I liked this Atlantis pen until they put the metal clip onto it. This clip has been tearing my shirt pockets. I’d like to punch the designer of whoever did this idiotic thing. The reason I use this pen is for it’s simplicity of form. I don’t have to re-teach my hand how to use it each time I pick it up, a problem so many have in developing fair and legible penmanship. I can readily tell which end I’m holding in which direction and can easily click it with my thumb or whichever finger is handy and the feel of it is unique for clicking. I don’t need a smoothed out rounded end that has potential for slipping. I don’t need excessive cushion to help me gripping it, I’m not a wimp and it’s only a pen. How shit for brains does on need to be for this crap? I used to buy this pen by the 20 pack but, thanks to Bic’s design engineers, I don’t usually buy then anymore. Sometimes when I need a pen and if I’m in a bigger store, I simply take one out of the 20 pack, nobody will miss it anyway. They’ll probably be glad that they didn’t have to wait for the box to be used up before the boss buys another style of pen.

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