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It’s been said numerous times before and I’m not spouting anything new with this review. My prior EDC was the GP1945 Pro. I still love that pen and keep it in my EDC but for the time being the BI Bolt Action Pen is in my pocket everyday by virtue of having so many options on my refills. Both of these pens are similar in size at the grip, although the GP1945 has a knurled grip that I kind of enjoy where others find it too abrasive. I also prefer the bolt action on that pen over the BI Bolt Action.
Don’t let that take anything away from the pen, it’s just what I’m used to and been carrying since 2017. The BI pen feels *solid* in my hand where the GP1945 has some rattle and play in some of the components. Comparisons aside I love this pen, it’s weight, styling, and of course how it writes with my favorite refills. (Zebra Sarasa .5 mm and Pentel Energel .5 mm).
This was a significant cost to myself, but I’m glad I plunked down the money for it. I feel like I’ll be able to use this pen for many years to come.
I normally go for black, but grey has been my thing recently so I went with the stone version and I opted for the Damascus clip, paired with the Damascus bolt grip it looks awesome and I can’t wait for it to start to wear in and get some more personality.
I have two of these bolt action pens,
in titanium and zirconium and they are exactly as described. So easy to use, and just about any ink refill will work. They are so solid and well built you will not be disappointed. Highly recommend!
One of the best premium pens I’ve used. Three pens from Bigidesign shows how much I love the brand. Definitely recommend the bolt action and really recommend the timascus part upgrades. I am considering a brass bolt action next with timascus.
The pen itself is amazing in terms of quality and ability, I have a Ti Pocket Pro and I love that thing and this pen is just as good if not better. However, as a lefty I had to decide whether or not I wanted to switch the position of the pocket clip. With the pocket clip on the default (right) side I have to awkwardly turn the pen around every time I begin using it, so I decided it was best for ergonomics to swap it. However, the bolt collides with the pocket clip when it's on the left side. Luckily this isn't a functional issue, since it's still able to be deployed and retracted, but it is frustrating. I understand not wanting to make an entirely different pen for lefties (where the bolt would be a "J" shape instead of an "L"), but all that needs to be done to fix this is either to move the hole for the pocket clip just a bit to the right, or move the bolt a bit to the left so there is some distance between them.
I love a good looking pen. It shows class. However my favorite writing utensil is the plastic G2. The ink is bold and full. Now I have the best of both by being able to load G2 cartridges into my Ti bolt action. The dual diameter spring and the size adjustment is genius. Plan on keeping this a long time and buying other finishes and/or models.