I recently came across an amazing multi-color pen that reinvigorated my enjoyment for keeping score at baseball games. With Spring Training starting this week in Arizona, you might get a kick out of this as well.
The pen is called a FriXion 4 color from Pilot. What makes the pen so great, is that it features the Frixion erasable ink from Pilot. This means, you can keep score in ink and not worry about making mistakes.
Personally I enjoy scoring plays in black, outs in red (as well as errors), and player changes in blue. RBI’s, and outstanding plays earn green ‘!’s or ‘*’s. The 0.5mm gel ball tip writes smooth, and for the most part the ink rarely binds or runs dry. The fine tip makes it easy to make small annotations in score keeper boxes.
How does it work?
The ink is like a bit of science magic. When you heat the paper – say with friction, over 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the pigment molecule switches places with a transparent molecule and voila! It appears at though the ink has been erased. However, in reality the “ink” is still on the paper. In fact, if you freeze it, it will come back. However, I put the 140 there for a reason. In most parts of the world this is rarely a problem. In Phoenix however… 140 is easily attained in the summer in a closed car. So you could see all your hardwork quite literally vanish before your eyes. So don’t put your pen or scorebook anywhere you wouldn’t put your dog.
How do you get one?
I bought my Pilot Frixion 4 color from JetPens.com for about $11, but they now sell them on Amazon (with Prime) for less than $9.
Good luck and happy score keeping!