The Bic Exact-Tip Roller is a chunky 0.6mm rollerball pen. Because of the size of the barrel, I think it would be great for anyone with larger hands, although I also find it very comfortable to use. It has a sturdy metal clip on the cap that you can actually clip onto things without worrying about breaking it off. The grip is soft but not squishy, and I like its textured pattern of dots. It also has a large and aesthetically pleasing window to show the ink supply, and, best of all, a needle-point tip! I love needle-point tips on pens.
|Showing the grip and needle-point tip of the black pen, and the ink supply window of the red.|
At 0.6mm, the Exact-Tip Roller writes with a relatively fine line, and it is very smooth. The ink does not feather, even on cheap paper, but it does bleed through. Even on the 80gsm Rhodia paper there is a considerable amount of showthrough and some bleeding, although it writes so well otherwise that I can forgive some of that. It reminds me quite a bit of the Uni-ball Vision, but I think the Exact-Tip Roller is a much better pen (it does not feather, whereas the Vision feathers on just about everything, and it writes with a finer line). I love the black ink; it is very black and it really pops on the page. The red ink is rather dark and may not appeal to those who like bright reds, but I like it, and I think it is more suitable for everyday writing than a bright red.
According to this post at The Pen Addict, Bic stopped making these pens in 2005, which means that the pens I have must be at least eight years old. The fact that they write so well after all these years also impresses me. Overall, I think the Bic Exact-Tip Roller is a great pen. If they were still available, I wouldn't mind buying some more of them. It seems like a better pen that the other similar rollerballs that I have used, the design of the pen is good, and I love the ink colours. If you are lucky enough to come across one of these pens, it is definitely worth trying out.
Did you ever use the Bic Exact-Tip Roller? Do you know of any other pens that may be similar to it?