Zebra Z-Grip Retractable Ball Point Pen Medium

Zebra Z-Grip Retractable Ball Point Pen Medium Grips

The good folks from Zebra sent over a batch of their Z-Grip Ball Point Pens (via Amazon) in assorted colors.  They don't seem to be available directly from the Zebra Website but they do have some other sale and clearance items there worth checking out.  Lets take a closer look at them now though. … [Read more...]

Most Popular Rollerball Pens

Amazon Top Sellers

  I always find it fun to take a look at the top selling pens via Amazon, specifically the list of top selling rollerball pens, which by default should be some of the most popular rollerball pens based on the huge number of sales that Amazon generates.  I usually find a gem or two in the listings, but I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with the batch of top sellers this time around.  The majority of the top 20 in this list is made up mostly … [Read more...]

Uniball Signo 307

Uniball Signo 307 Grip

I recently saw the new Uniball Signo 307 (via Amazon) and was initially struck by the all black design, but after getting over the visual appeal I noticed the label that said "Writes on Glossy Paper" and was sold on the fact that I'd need to try this out. … [Read more...]

Redesigned Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens

Pilot Varsity New Bodies

When I saw the pictures of the Pilot Varsity Fountain Pens (via Amazon) with their new body designs, I quickly remembered how much I didn't really like the design of the old bodies, which you can see in our previous review here.  I figured I'd grab a pack of these to see if anything else seems to have changed. … [Read more...]

Bic Cristal Rekap Ruler Cap

Rekap Ruler Cap

  Here is a fun little idea that you can support on Kickstarter.  Its definitely not going to set the world on fire, but the Rekap ruler cap for the Bic Cristal is a nifty little enhancement to the standard cap. … [Read more...]

Staples AvantPro Retractable Pen and Stylus

Staples AvantPro Retractable Pen with Phone

The other day I was at Staples doing some some shopping and research when I came across their private label AvantPro Retractable Stylus and Pen.  I've never been a huge fan of having a pen with a stylus at the top, so this offering with the retractable point that goes through the stylus tip seemed like a great alternative. … [Read more...]

Zebra F-301 Ball Point Pen Review

Zebra F-301 Colors Bodiesa

I've always felt that Zebra's line of stainless steel writing tools have suffered from a lack of attention, although I do know a handful of people that are pretty big fans of them all, but nothing along the lines of the runaway popularity of some other pens out there.  With that said, I thought it would be good to take a look at the Zebra F-301 Ball Point Multi Color Pack (via Amazon) today , so lets dig in and take a closer look. … [Read more...]

Retro 51 Tornado Homerun Limited Edition Pen

Retro 51 Tornado Homerun Full Body

Our friends over at Goldspot sent us over one (OK, maybe two and one is going to be a giveaway soon) of the new Retro 51 Tornado Homerun baseball themed pens.  Keep in mind that these are a limited edition of only 750 units, so if you are a big baseball fan and pen person, you need to get on it and pick one up now. … [Read more...]

UMIGI Pen – Unique Retractable Mechanism


The UMIGI Pen over on Kickstarter has a pretty unique retractable mechanism, chekc out the video below, its easier than me trying to explain it.  It ends pretty soon on Kickstarter, and while I'm not a huge fan of the visual design of the pen, it does seem rather innovative in its functionality. … [Read more...]

Uniball Signo RT .28mm (UMN-155) Gel Ink Pen Review

Signo RT .28mm Front Clips

As a huge fan of the entire Uniball Signo line, particularly the .5mm and .38mm multi pen versions I cant believe its taken me this long to get to the retractable version of the .28mm offering.  I picked mine up in person from the Kinokuniya store in NYC, but you can also grab these via Amazon or via JetPens.  In this review I'm just taking a look at the green, blue black, and red versions, but they come in a ton of other colors so hit those two links back … [Read more...]

Counterfeit Lamy Safari – PSA

Counterfeit Lamy Safari

I've got a quick PSA today about counterfeit Lamy Safari fountain pens.  If you missed the excellent video by Tom over on the Goldspot blog about spotting a Counterfeit Lamy Safari, you should check it out immediately.  Essentially what I learned from watching the video is that the easiest way to tell a counterfeit Safari is by the lack of any printing inside the cardboard ring that prevents the cap from fully closing during shipping.  As you can see in my … [Read more...]

Pelikan Souveran M805 Stresemann Anthracite

Pelikan Souveran M805 Stresemann Anthracite Against Edelstein Ruby Bottle

Our friends over at Goldspot recently provided us with a sweet new Pelikan Souveran M805 Stresemann Anthracite for review.  You can check out their stock of the M805 Souveran Stresemann here.  I'm going to start off by apologizing for the number of pictures in this review though because I couldn't stop taking pictures of this pen, I think its pretty amazing looking.  The picture above is just the box that the Stresemann comes in, kinda looks like a … [Read more...]

Platinum Preppy Extra Fine 02

Platinum Preppy Extra Fine 02 Capped

The Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen with an Extra Fine Nib (02) (via JetPens) is a great beginner fountain pen for anyone looking to dip their toe into the world of fountain pens.  It will only set you back about $5 and still provide an experience to give you the feel of what using a fountain pen is like.  This review sample is from our friends at JetPens, provided free of charge as part of their sponsorship of our monthly giveaway. … [Read more...]

Zebra DelGuard Review – Resisting Lead Breakage

Zebra DelGuard Green Inner Workings

The Zebra DelGuard (via Amazon) is a new offering that tackled the difficult problem of lead breakage in mechanical pencils.  According to this Wall Street Journal article by Jun Hongo, the Zebra DelGuard was actually conceptualized in 2009 and it took until the end of 2014 to get it out on the market. … [Read more...]

Uni Jetstream Prime 3 Review

The Perfect Pen Uni Jetstream Prime

I recently realized that one of my most used non-fountain pens was my Uniball Jetstream multi-pen in both the .5mm and .7mm version.  The .7mm version is the one in the front with the white clip and the .5mm is the one in the center with the clear clip and glossy black body.  The other pen in this picture is the Uni Jetstream Prime with .7mm refills, which I was pretty much assuming would be the perfect pen (for me) with its solid metal construction and … [Read more...]

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