Although I don’t have much occasion to use them (definitely not because I never make mistakes) I figured it was about time I test the Liquid Paper Click Correct Correction Tape Pen since we have yet to see a review here of any correction type products.
The general concept here with the Liquid Paper Click Correct Correction Tape Pen is that it is basically correction fluid in a ballpoint pen delivery mechanism. The ballpoint pen itself was surprising to me because it is not a capped pen, but rather a retractable pen, which does give me some concern that it could dry out over time, but I have not seen any complaints to that effect online anywhere.
Part of the reason the pen doesn’t dry out on the shelf is because of the little gel ball that covers the tip, but make sure you take that off before you try to use the Liquid Paper Click Correct Correction Tape pen. Another thing I noticed that seems to be to prevent the possibility of the fluid drying up is that where the inside of the plunger rests on the correction fluid cartridge, there is a rubber ring that creates a pretty tight seal. The pen itself has a pretty nice feel to it when you hold it in your hand because it is a bit on the chunky side as compared to regular pens. Even the plunger is chunky compared to the plungers on a retractable pen.
The thing that jumped out most to me when I opened up the correction tape pen though was the very low level of correction fluid in the cartridge. If you look at the photo above, you will see a red arrow that I inserted to show where the correction fluid fills up to. My estimate is that it is slightly under half filled, which seems a bit low to me. I know that no pens are ever filled to the very top, I assume that temperature changes would make that a bad idea since the ink would expand and possibly leak, but having this filled to just below half way seems either a bit wasteful or that maybe there is an issue with the fluid drying up over time.
Using the Liquid Paper Click Correct Correction Tape Pen came with a bit of a learning curve for me, maybe because as I said, I don’t really use these ever. The features of the pen indicate that you don’t need to shake, squeeze or otherwise manipulate the pen to get the correction fluid flowing, which was definitely the case, but I did have a bit of an issue when trying to just use it as a regular pen to overwrite ink on a page. In the “writing sample” above you can see that my learning curve resulted in me having two different methods for using the pen. My test was to see how easy it was to white out the center of two completely black boxes. On the left you see what I call the “rolling correction” method which entails laying down the correction fluid in the same manner as you would if you were just coloring with a pen. The second method on the right which I called the “tapping correction” method involved using the pen more like a tattoo needle and just gently tapping the tip of the pen over and over and moving it ever so slightly to create a solid patch of white correction fluid. I found that the tapping method did a better job because the rolling method ended up having streaky results.
For the most part, the Liquid Paper Click Correct Correction Tape Pen does a pretty solid job once you adjust to the proper way to use it for your situation. I’ll have to see what other competing products I can find to test out so we can see how it does against them though. If anyone has more experience in using these I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.