(Editorâ€™s Note: We decided to start a new feature here at The Impulsive Buy that we’re calling Guest Reviews, where we have other bloggers write reviews, because sometimes weâ€™re REALLY lazy to do our own. Weâ€™ll try to do this once a month, so if youâ€™re interested in writing a review send us an email. Anyway, todayâ€™s guest review is by Ian MacAllen, who is the author of the blogs Avacado Green, Imperfect Now, and probably a few others that we donâ€™t know about. Enjoy.)
I was told two weeks ago that I was in charge of producing some protest rally signs. This seemed pretty standard, especially since Iâ€™m officially â€œArt Directorâ€ [I play with Photoshop].
I headed off to Staples in search of supplies. Now I thought all permanent markers are the same; I was really wrong. There was an entire aisle dedicated to markers!
I do like having lots of choices, but sometimes it can be overwhelming, like when there are glitter pens. I love glitter pens. [Ok, I know what you are thinking: Glitter Pens, New Jersey has a Gay Governor, I work in politicsâ€¦but no, Iâ€™m just really into art supplies].
Anyway, on any normal day I might have just settled for a Sharpie. But then I saw the Bic Grip 4×4. All I could think was: â€œWow, that looks really, really powerful, like a Hummer.â€ That and they were cheap.
I got a pack of four: black, red, blue, and green.
Once I got back to the office I was ready to do my thing making protest posters. I grabbed my Bic Grip and went to it. The only problem is, poster board and Bic Grip pens absolutely do not get along. Despite its impressive size, the marker itself only left a faded line on the poster board.
At first I thought its unimpressive performance was because I was trying to write on the shiny side. So I flipped it around and started going at it on the dull side of the poster board. But even on the dull side of the poster board, the Bic Grip just didnâ€™t get the job done.
Thank George Washington I had some old Sharpieâ€™s laying around, otherwise our protest rally would have been pretty pathetic [well, actually it was pretty pathetic, but at least the posters were really good].
The Bic Grip seems to work fine on standard white copy paper, except of course like all permanent markers, it bleeds through paper that thin. Because I donâ€™t think permanent markers are useful on copy paper and since they donâ€™t like poster board, the Bic Grips have no purpose other than to frustrate protestors.
What I did find when trying to write with the Bic Grip is that the rubberized grip was pretty cool to play with, but otherwise I donâ€™t think it really helped me hold the marker. Now Iâ€™m not like circus folk, I donâ€™t have small hands, but the grip was really big. It made it a little awkward to hold, even for permanent markers.
The Bic Grip also promised a triple-sided head for different width lines. Even if the markers had worked well on poster board, I donâ€™t think the varying size tips would have improved it. After ten minutes of trying to use enough ink to make a solid line, the tip became pretty flat anyway.
The Bic Grip Permanent Marker is like any other Bic product; I wouldnâ€™t rely on it for any reason. The best thing we can say about these markers is it kept us under budget.
Item: Bic Grip 4×4 Permanent Marker
Purchase Price: $5.49
Rating: 2 out of 5
Pros: Cheap. Came with 4 colors. Doesnâ€™t smell as bad as some permanent markers. Rubberized grip.
Cons: Doesnâ€™t write well on poster board. Really big in your hand. Too phallic.