March 30, 2013 § Leave a comment
This wonderful multi pen will roughly set you back £15.98 and comes in a wide range of barrel colours. The one I received for this review is black. One thing to bear in mind is that you don’t receive any refills for the Lumio, these have to be purchased separately. They come in a 0.4mm or 0.5mm option, cost £1.90 each and come in at least 10 different colours. I am using the 0.4mm refills.
I have been using the Lumio for nearly a month now and I have loved every minute of it. What has impressed me the most is the quality and consistency of the ink flow. I have been using the Lumio mainly for highlighting or making notes during logo and type proofing and its been a real asset. The Lumio, even with all four refill slots used, is still very light in weight which is great for extended periods of use. The barrel still grips very well and I didn’t find my hand losing grip at any point.
Even though this is a tad expensive I still love the Lumio and would happily recommend it.
* This is the final review for my sponsored month with Cult Pens
March 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
This wonderful, slim, compact gel pen cost me £1.62 from Cult Pens and comes in the following colours; Black, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Violet, Pink and Sky Blue. I am using the 0.7mm tip model but there is also an Ultra-Fine 0.3mm model. I will have to get my hands on that one soon.
The barrel design is what now seems to be the standard clear plastic with a rough grip area to hold the pen whilst writing. With the cap posted, the pen doesn’t feel top heavy but nicely balanced. To be honest it feels balanced with no cap posted either. The Pentel Slicci is made from plastic and feels light and durable. It is classed as a Pentel Recycology Pen which basically means it is made from 87% recycled materials by weight.
Since I have received the Pentel Slicci, there has been two things that have really impressed me. The first thing is the consistency of not only the ink flow but also the dept of the colour. The line never breaks while retaining a wonderful dark black colour. Secondly is the actual build quality of the nib. There is no flex with the nib but not once did it ever feel scratchy on paper. It writes very smoothly.
One interesting point is that Pentel claims it uses a quick drying ink but I found this not always to be the case. I had to leave it roughly 10+ seconds before the ink dried enough that it would not smudge if rubbed.
I have been really impressed with the Pentel Slicci as I really didn’t know what to expect. Now I really want to try the Ultra-fine 03 model!
November 29, 2012 § 1 Comment
I have decided to mix it up a little for this review. I believe my review setup is fine but I haven’t been keen on the pictures I have been using. The above writing test is the bio of Max Miedinger who helped create Helvetica. By writing less, this will allow me to take a more detailed/closer picture of the ink that each pen will produce. It also means I can take a more detailed picture of the pen.
The Schneider Slider Edge XB can be purchase for around £1.51 and comes in a wide range of colours – Black, Blue, Red, Green, Orange, Violet, Pink, Light blue and Light Green (I wasn’t joking about the wide range of colours!) The Schneider Slider Edge also comes in F, M and XB line sizes.
The design of this pen is unique as it has a triangle shaped barrel. This makes it comfortable to hold and reminds me of a pen I used in school when I was learning to write. The barrel is covered in a soft plastic material that acts as the grip for the pen. While using this pen, I found this grip material did not work at all for the way I gripped a pen, I constantly had to re-align my hand to grip the pen again whilst writing.
I found the ink follow and quality of the colours to be really impressive. While searching via cultpens website, I found that the Schneider Slider Edge uses ink that is similar to the Jetstream 101 which means you get all the wonderful ink properties.
Overall I am unsure how I feel about the Schneider Slider Edge as I think the way I grip it means we don’t fit together well. On the other hand my wife loves this pen and uses it a lot, she hasn’t had the same grip issues I have had. Good all round pen.
I would like to take this time to thank the wonderful people over at cultpens for sponsoring me for the month of November. It has been a pleasure to review all the pens this month and if you are looking for something new, why not head on over!
November 24, 2012 § 1 Comment
The Uniball Jetstream 101 comes in at a healthy £1.34 (CultPens) and comes in Black, Blue and Red. The pen design is made up from a plastic barrel that has a grip towards the writing area of the pen. I found the grip area to be a tad smooth which gave me a lack of grip, which meant my fingers would slide down the pen while I was writing. The design of the pen also provides a nice surprise. The cap clicks over the tip on the pen really well and produces a strangely satisfying click sound!
The ink in the Jetstream is made up of what is called “Uni Super Ink” which means that it is a hybrid ink. It takes the best aspects of a traditional ballpoint and gel ink. This creates an ink that is dense, bright in colour, smooth flowing, fast drying and waterproof. I have experienced all of the above except for the waterproof test yet.
This is a good budget pen that will give you another option if you aren’t a fan of gel ink pens.
November 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
This is a plastic barreled/capped pen with a design twist. Roughly 3/4 of the way down the pen towards the area you would grip to write the pen actually gets thinner in width. This plus a nice rubber grip area makes the Jimnie a really nice pen to hold during long periods of writing. The plastic design adds further to the writing experience as it makes the Jemnie light in weight. There is a good ink flow even though it lays a tad too wet on the page for my own personal taste. There seems to be a drying time for the ink that you have to be aware of to avoid smudging, especially with left handed users.
After extended use of the Jemnie I did become aware of feed back that the ink refill was producing. The only way I can describe it is to imagine that the ink refill is just slightly smaller that the pen barrel. It’s a very small issue but one that my “OCD” keeps noticing all the time now!
Over all this is a very good budget pen that would serve you well for everyday use.
November 9, 2012 § 5 Comments
This review of the Platinum Preppy is proudly brought to you by the ever kind people over at Cult Pens. This is a really cheap fountain pen costing only £3.25 but what makes this fountain pen really stand out is the fact that if you aren’t too keen on the Platinum ink cartridges, you can purchase a Platinum International Adapter for £1.50 that will allow the use of international standard size cartridges. The Preppy, can also be purchased in an array of different coloured barrels and nibs.
As soon as I received the Platinum Preppy I plugged in the supplied ink cartridge which looks smart in the Preppy as it is made of clear plastic (both barrel and cap). The plastic barrel does feel a tad bit light so I would be unsure of the long term durability. I have been using this fountain pen on and off for a few weeks now and I have had quite a few issues with it in relation to ink. It took some time for the Preppy to start writing once I clicked the cartridge in. When it did start to write, I noticed that the ink was flowing through the barrel and onto the actual nib of the pen. I found this out as my fingers started to get covered in ink. There has also been a lot of dried ink starting to appear in the cap of the pen also. I have been leaving the pen on its side so this could be contributing to the above issues.
I’m not to sure how I feel about the Preppy. I understand it is a very cheap fountain pen to purchase but with the issues I have been having I wonder would it be better to try another alternative. The Pilot VPen (V4) (£3.64 from Cult Pens).
If you have had a Preppy and what to share your views, please feel free to post in the comments field. I would love to hear from you.
October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
This pen review is brought to you by the wonderful and kind people from Cult-Pens. This pen can be purchased from Cult-Pens for £1.69 and comes in the following colours – Black, Blue, Red and Violet.
The Pentel Energel uses a unique Energel formula which means that the ink is smoother flowing and drys quicker that a standard gel ink pen. This makes the Pentel Energel-X great for people like my wife (Left handed/Leftys). The pen itself is a standard click pen with a sturdy plastic barrel. Where you would hold the pen while writing there is a common but needed rubber grip area. This means the pen is comfortable to hold and sturdy enough for everyday use. The one thing that immediately stood out to me when I started using this pen was the clicking mechanism. It is a sturdy clicker that makes a great sound when you click it down to either start writing or retracting the pen nib.
From the first day that I started writing with the Pentel Energel-X to when I was writing the notes for this review, the ink flow has been faultless. It has run smoothly on the page and hasn’t skipped once. There hasn’t been any blank areas in my hand writing and true to Pentel’s word, the ink has dried very quickly even though as you are writing the ink lays down on the page with a wet look.
If there is one weak point to this overall enjoyable experience is that on a personal level I would have loved the nip of this pen to be a touch thinner, maybe a 0.5mm. This is a small dent in a wonderful pen though.
If you are looking for a cheap everyday pen or you are left handed you really should try the Pentel Energel-X.