Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Ballpoint Pens

Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Pens Package

Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Pens Package

The nice folks from Bic sent over a bunch of items recently that I will be reviewing, so I thought the first item we should take a look at are these Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Ballpoint Pens.  One thing that I didn’t notice until after I opened these was that although the package says 10 pens in the bottom right corner there, you can actually see that inside the package there are 11 pens.

Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Pens Lined Up

Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Pens Lined Up

So the 1.6mm ballpoint pen is definitely the largest tip I’ve ever had the experience of using, but this is the second different version of this tip size I’ve used, with the first being the Staedtler Maxum.  The Bic Cristal Bold comes with the following assortment of colors:

  • Blue (2)
  • Black (2)
  • Purple (1, but I got 2 of these for some reason)
  • Red (1)
  • Pink (1)
  • Aqua (1)
  • Green (1)
  • Light Green (1)

They have the same design as all of the other Bic Cristal pens that have been around since I can remember, but I did notice that curiously, some of the colors do not have transparent ink cartridges and instead they are white which is not a big deal, but you just cant see the ink level through them.  One minor issue I had with these was with the little wax seal that comes on the tips so that they don’t dry out.  On a few of the pens it was a little difficult to get all of the wax off the tip in the first try, not a deal breaker at all, but slightly annoying.

Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Writing Sample.

Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Writing Sample

The Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Writing Sample on Levenger Paper


Writing with the Bic Cristal Bold is certainly a unique experience with the extra bold 1.6mm tip since it glides across the paper so easily.  Usually the larger the tip is the smoother and less scratchy the tip is, so this is definitely one of the smoothest ballpoint pens that you are going to find yourself writing with.  The only minor issues I had with the writing experience were a few tiny skips that I think were a result of not getting all of the wax off the tip of the pens as I mentioned before.  At the end of the day, Bic Cristal Bold Colors 1.6mm Ballpoint Pen is a very unique pen and you certainly are not going to find many options in this class, so definitely grab yourself a set of these as they are fun to write with and would probably even be good for some color coded  underlining for your notes since the colors and line size are so bold.


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  1. 1
    Mo says:

    I love bold tipped pens. I may have to try these out. :)

  2. 2
    Jen says:

    I love pens with tips this big – thanks for the review. I’ll be on the lookout for them the next time I have to replace some pens (may be a while though).

  3. 3

    I picked up a box of these in black. Very nice, as long as you have a good solid surface to write on. They want to punch through paper on my rubber anti-static desk mat.

  4. 4
    OfficeSupplyGeek says:

    Thanks for sharing that extra info, I’ve never done any writing tests or samples on one of those so its something I should consider going forward.

  5. 5
    OfficeSupplyGeek says:

    No problem…definitely worth trying if you like pens like this, they are fun.

  6. 6
    OfficeSupplyGeek says:

    Thanks, I’m with you on the blue, it is definitely a nice change of pace!

  7. 7
    OfficeSupplyGeek says:

    You wont be disappointed.

  8. 8
    Sandra Tsey says:

    i like them! but hard to find them in stores( i used to buy them at office depot)

  9. 9
    Cataphract says:

    These might get me to give ballpoint pens another try.

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    OfficeSupplyGeek says:

    They are definitely fun to write with and fill a unique niche.

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