Retractable Pen Work

If you have misophonia, then the repeated clicks of a pen might trigger you.

Nonetheless, where do these clicks come from?

In case you have never noticed this before, there are four different clicks in a retractable pen. These clicks define the entire, simple yet complex mechanism.

I figured this mechanism while using my favorite BIC Clic Stic Retractable Pens.

  • What are the four clicks in a retractable pen?

These four clicks are:

  1. The first click is when I push the button in.
  2. The second click happens when I release the button that I pushed during the first click.
  3. The third click occurs when I push the button again to retract the ink cartridge inside the pen.
  4. The fourth click is when I release the button from the retraction that occurred in the third click.
  • Parts of a Retractable Pen

Look at the diagram below of a retractable pen taken from

Three different parts engage with one another when you hear the clicks.

These parts are the tubular plunger, cam body, and stop members. Look at the picture below to understand how these parts appear.

The cam body part is located over the moveable ink cartridge. This part rotates while moving up and down.

However, the tubular plunger does not rotate at all and it only slides up and down.

The stop members on the other hand never move because they are attached to the press-fit. Now, there are two positions in which a retractable pen stays.

For example, the other day when I was using my BIC Clic Stic Retractable Pens, I noticed that the four clicks that occur actually lead to two positions.

One is the retractable position where the nib attached to the ink cartridge is inside the pen. The second is the extended position, where the nib is outside, and you can write from it.

  • Who Controls Whether the Pen is Extended or Retracted?

The answer to this question lies in front of you if you are holding a pen.

Even if you are not, you went to school, right? Then, you must have used a pen a lot. The thing that makes the clicks happen is known as the ‘thrust device’ in the engineering world.

I used to call it the ‘button’ and I still do. (Don’t judge me!)

You push the thrust device and the tip of the pen, which hides inside the barrel section, comes out saying ‘Ta-da!’

When you push that button again, the tip goes back inside.

Now that every important part of the pen is explained, let’s explain some tips to you so you can choose the best writing partner for you.

  • Why Choose the Perfect Pen at All?

Choosing the perfect pen might seem like not much of a big deal but that is a false assumption.

You can ask any writer and he will tell you that having comfort established with your pen is the most important part.

For example, unless I have my BIC Clic Stic Retractable Pens in my hand for exams, note-taking, or signing important documents, I don’t like writing anything. Why? That is because I have a comfort established with my pen.

Here are a couple of things you should consider before you purchase a pen:

  1. Smooth or Not?

The pen that you write with must be smooth.

For example, the BIC Clic Stic Retractable Pen that I use writes as smooth as butter.

The best way to make sure that the pen you are purchasing is smooth is by giving it a try.

If you are purchasing online, then reading the product description and the associated reviews can help.

  1. Expanding Your Knowledge on Pens Can Help!

To select the perfect pen for you, you should know what type of pen can meet your expectations.

Majorly, there are three types of pens. These are gel pens, rollerball pens, and ballpoint pens.

Each type has its own pros and cons. Gaining some knowledge about these pens can help you understand what you expect from your writing partner. Afterward, you can make the decision accordingly about the final purchase.

Even if you don’t want to purchase the perfect pen, gaining some knowledge about different types of pens can be a good thing.

You can help others with that knowledge.

Remember: A little knowledge never hurt anyone.

  1. Is the Pen Constructed Well?

In high school, I used to write a lot. I was not too tech-savvy back then. This is why I used to write everything in a notebook, even when I had nothing creative to write i.e. a poem or an essay.

If you are a fellow-writer, you must agree with me when I say getting into a level of comfort is very important before one hits the flow to write.

This is why the material of which a pen is constructed, matters a lot. The grip is sometimes too slippery and sometimes too rigid.

You need to check with yourself (honestly!) about which material you prefer.

Whether you like a plastic pen with a rubber cover on the outside to help you hold it firmly or not? Or do you like a simple pen without any outer cover?

Asking these questions from yourself can help you make a final decision.

As I mentioned earlier, you should check the production description as that can help you understand what material is used in the construction of the pen.

  1. Know What Color You Want!

Pens come in different colors.

My teachers used to write with a red pen. However, the vice principal always wrote with a green pen.

This is why you should check the color of the pen you would prefer for your writing.

You can get a packet of pens of all colors. In case you didn’t know, some pens have glitter in them, as well.

Purchasing a pen can be a hard job, even if nobody agrees with you on this.

We hope that this informational article helps you.