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!
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.