Staples AvantPro Brushed Metal Pen with SilkScribe Ink 1.0mm Review and Giveaway

Staples AvantPro with SilkScribe Ink and the Cap Posted

The New Staples AvantPro with SilkScribe Ink and the Cap Posted

Recently, the good folks over at Staples offered to send over a bunch of their new AvantPro pens with SilkScribe ink for a review and a big giveaway to all of our fantastic readers.  First we will take a look at this great looking pen, then at the end of the review here you will find the rules for the giveaway.

The New Staples AvantPro Capped

The New Staples AvantPro Capped

Visually the new Staples AvantPro pen is quite impressive.  It has a very nice looking brushed metal body and cap and has a small flared out band at the neck with a shiner chrome finish.  In addition to the nice finish on the cap and body, the cap also has a nice strong and wide plastic clip with a little bit of a spring action to it.  With the cap closed, the pen measures about 5 1/3″ and with the cap posted it measures almost exactly 6″ long.  One of the things I like about how the cap posts is that it comes down really far on the body, about 1.25″ down on to the barrel of the pen.  I think that having the cap post so far down on the body probably helps to keep the pen from becoming top heavy and causing you to experience tiredness in your hand when writing.

Staples AvantPro Grip and Neck Flare

Staples AvantPro Grip and Neck Flare

The grip on the Staples AvantPro is made from a soft, smooth, black rubbery material, and it does a good job of keeping the pen firmly under your control while you write.  The picture above also shows the uniquely flared out neck of the pen which is the only part of the body that is not made from the brushed metal, and is instead a chrome-like plastic.  This is also the area where you unscrew the grip when it comes time to replace the ink cartridge.  Speaking of the ink cartridges, this is one of several pens in the new Avant series from Staples, and each of the pens take both the proprietary SilkScribe refills and the regular gel ink refills.  The AvantPro being reviewed here comes loaded with a 1.0 mm  black SilkScribe refill.  The SilkScribe ink and the gel ink refills come in a black, blue, and red, and in .5mm and 1.0mm tip sizes.  My best assessment leads me to believe that the SilkScribe ink is most like a hybrid ink that you would find in a Uniball Jetstream pen.

Staples AvantPro SilkScribe 1.0 mm Writing Sample

Staples AvantPro SilkScribe 1.0 mm Writing Sample

Writing with the Staples AvantPro turned out to be a very nice experience.  The pen has a slightly hefty feel to it, which I personally like, but it is not TOO heavy as to cause fatigue in lengthy writing sessions.  The SilkScribe ink performed well leaving smooth bold lines of black ink and hardly a trace of any skipping or blotching, although I did have some minor issues with that on one of the pens I tried, but they went away after a bit of use and were not apparent in the two other pens I tested for this.   In addition to the smooth writing performance the ink seemed to dry pretty quickly at around 2 seconds.  The Staples AvantPro is definitely a nice entry into the mid-range (a step above disposable but not quite luxury) pen market and should definitely be a consideration if you are in the market for a great looking pen that also writes nicely and can be refilled with both a hybrid ballpoint ink and a gel ink.

Staples AvantPro Giveaway

Staples AvantPro Giveaway

The Giveaway:

Staples was kind enough to send over a bunch of these pens for the giveaway, so we are going to pick 10 lucky winners that will each receive two of the AvantPro pens.  As usual there will be multiple methods for entry, so please read the rules carefully.



  • Contest is open to US residents only
  • Each person will have up to 3 ways to enter the contest
  • Winner will be selected by using the random # generator at
  • Each entry method requires a separate comment, do not combine your entries into one comment
  • You will have until 9:59 PM Eastern on Sunday October 28th to complete your entries
  • Winners names will be announced here on the site on Tuesday, October 30th
  • The winners will have one week from the time of the announcement to claim their prize

Your 3 different ways to enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post for your first entry.
2. Sign up for the Monthly Giveaway and Newsletter and leave a second comment letting us know you are signed up.  If you were already signed up before today, that still counts as a second way to enter.
3. Tweet the following “Enter to win 2 @Staples AvantPro pens from @OfficeSupplyGee #giveaway” and leave  a 3rd comment here with a link to your status update showing the retweet.
Good luck to everyone, and thanks again to Staples for making this review and giveaway possible!


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    foggylemon says:

    Would really love to win this!

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    foggylemon says:

    I’ve also signed up for the monthly newsletter.

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    Faith says:

    I’m always looking for new pens to try!

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    Faith says:

    I have already signed up for the newsletter

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    S.L. says:

    Looks like a good one to try

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    S.L. says:

    I signed up for the email letter also

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    Randall H. says:

    Looks like a really interesting pen that I would love to try out!

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    Randall H. says:

    I am signed up for the monthly newsletter. Thanks!!

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    NCrider says:

    Looks like a nice pen. Count me in.

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    GMA15R says:

    Neat looking pen

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    GMA15R says:

    I already subscribe to the newsletter

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    B Irwin says:

    Another newsletter subscriber. Wish I knew what accountant decided .5 and 1.0 were the only acceptable sizes. Got my hopes up when you reviewed the Bic 1.6 sticks. Have to look for those at my office supplies.

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    Keith M. says:

    Great give-a-way!
    Good luck to everyone.

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    Keith M. says:

    I am already subscribed to the newsletter.

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    Mike J. says:

    I just bought one of these pens and really liked it, would love to have another to keep at work

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    Looks nice; curious to try it.

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    Already subscribed to the newsletter. :)

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    Alan Portman says:

    Tweeted! That’s one

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    Alan Portman says:

    I like that there are refill options! 1.0mm is a little thick for note taking.

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    Alan Portman says:

    Already subscribed. Everyone should.

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    Aisyrenazia says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway! 😀

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    Aisyrenazia says:

    Already signed up for the newsletter. 😀

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    MelodyJ says:

    I like the look of these pens.

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    MelodyJ says:

    Email subscribe.

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    Surfbits says:

    Thank you for the give-away and a great review.

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    Looks like a neat pen to try out.

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    Already on the mailing list.

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    imgovtdrone says:

    Already get news letter.

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    JJ says:

    Glad to see Staples offering more interesting pens. I like their Durapoint porous-tip pens, too.

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    Hi I’d really love to try this pen. I just found your blog recently and I LOVE it!

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    I’m subscribed! OMG you have so many good giveaways!

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    JJ says:

    And I’m already subscribed to the newsletter. Thanks!

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    LaurAlvarez says:

    I wanna try them!

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    Already a subscriber to the monthly newsletter!

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    Diane Wood says:

    This is not an entry per se – just wanted to say nice thorough review of this pen – looks like it would be great for outdoor writing… say.. at a canadian football game on the program… 😉

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    Rhonda Eudaly says:

    I want to win!

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    Rhonda Eudaly says:

    I’m already a subscriber

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    Michael says:

    Nice review and very nice looking pen.

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    Amanda Adcock says:

    I would love to try this pen!

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    PearlMom says:

    I am a loyal newsletter subscriber!

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    Jumps says:

    I would love to try one of these pens. I don’t have any pens like this in my current rotation.

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    Jumps says:

    I’m already signed up for the Monthly Giveaway and Newsletter.

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    Joan Ocol says:

    I would love to try these new pen… :)

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    Joan Ocol says:

    i am already signed up for the newsletter!

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    PearlMom says:

    Great giveaway! I have seen these advertised so I appreciate your review!

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    Mary Wright says:

    I love new writing instruments. Can’t wait to try this one!

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    Mary Wright says:

    I am an email subscriber.

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    Jen says:

    Looks like a nice pen. I could always use another one;) I’m an email subscriber too:)

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    Kate says:

    I love your reviews and I’m one who likes pens that are on the “heftier” side. Just feels good to write!

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    marji says:

    I just signed up for a subscription.

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    marji says:

    I’d like a chance to try it.

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    The Dark Engine says:

    My pen family would welcome this new addition.

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    The Dark Engine says:

    I am a long-time email subscriber.

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    Dave Marler says:

    i’m already a subscriber

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    Dave Marler says:

    would love to try this new pen

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    Boise Runner says:

    I can never have enough pens laying around.

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    Susan Pertierra says:

    I love the look of this pen. Very elegant.

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    Arleigh says:

    Cool pens! Thanks for the giveaway

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    Arleigh says:

    I’m already signed up for the newsletter

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    Susan Pertierra says:

    I’m signed up for the email newsletter.

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    lisapt says:

    raises hand!

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    Jeff Petty says:

    Nice pens!

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    Jeff Petty says:

    Already signed up for the newsletter.

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    Yay! Please enter me in the contest. Thanks :)

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    I’m already signed up for the newsletter

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    GG Allin says:

    Yo, gimme dat pen!

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    Tiffany says:

    Nice pen!

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    Tiffany says:

    And I’m already subscribed!

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    Oooh I saw these in Staples the other day. Maybe I will luck out here :)

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    I’m already signed up for the newsletter and monthly giveaway! Maybe I will luck out next month as well hehehehe

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    It is impossible to have too many pens, right?

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    schofer says:

    Wow, looks great!

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    schofer says:

    Also, I’m already subscribed to the newsletter!

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    Karen Y. says:

    I’ve already bought the gel refills! They are pretty nice!
    Would love to try this version!

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    Karen Y. says:

    I’ve already signed up for the newsletter.

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    Dr. Triggerplant says:

    Would love to get one.

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    Dr. Triggerplant says:

    I subscribe to the newsletter.

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    millicent says:

    Thanks for the info on a product new to me!

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    millicent says:

    Already a subscriber!

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    Dave King says:

    Always good to hear about new products …

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    Bryan G says:

    I like the look and i’m interested in how this ink is

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    Aarika says:

    I really like AvantPro stuff.

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    Aarika says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber.

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    tweetyscute says:

    Super excited

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    tweetyscute says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber

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    Addi says:

    Sharp looking pen!

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    Addi says:

    I’m already part of the mailing list. Thanks!

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    Lindsay says:

    I’d really like to try this!

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    Lindsay says:

    And I’m a newsletter subscriber.

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    Mike Hodgman says:

    Ooooh! Pick me!

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    Lynne Tilley says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Lynne Tilley says:

    I’m already signed up for monthly newsletter, etc

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    Charles Hadden says:

    love the giveaways!!

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    Jeff Wigley says:

    I can’t wait to see one of these in the store.

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    Jeff Wigley says:

    I’m a long-time newsletter recipient as well.

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    Andrew says:

    I am a newsletter recipient as well

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    Nathan Stone says:

    Entry number one for me

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    Nathan Stone says:

    I am also currently signed up for the newsletter as well, so here is number 2

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    Nathan Stone says: and here is twitter. Conveniently, my birthday is October 30th, just sayin…

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    Theo says:

    Entry No. 1 for me. Looks like a pretty slick pen.

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    ME59 says:

    I want! I want! :)

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    Penacious H says:

    Already bought a bunch myself, both the capped and retractable. Nice heft and feel and a good write, though I’ve had some inconsistency with the blue refills, w/more skipping and less of a soft feel than the black. Esp at sale price, what with real metal, etc, a good buy. Refill will fit uniball gel pens (207 series) as well…the newer Office Depot hybrid ink writes better but the barrel on that one is cheap metal-looking plastic with ribbed grip…and ITS refill is taller and thinner and I haven’t found another brand barrel it’ll fit in yet. Avant 1.0 is a very good pen, agreed, in this range.

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    Gini Cooper says:

    Thanks for info about this pen, would love to win a couple to try out. I like that there is a 0.5 option. How does it compare to the TUL?

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    Gini Cooper says:

    And please enter me again – I already subscribe.

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    Cory says:

    The Staples stores in my area must be late to the party. I’ve been to three different stores in the past week and haven’t seen these anywhere!

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    Jimmy says:

    Excellent pen. I already have one, but as pen geeks know, you can never have too many.

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    Jimmy says:

    just signed up for the newsletter

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    Jimmy says:

    Here is the tweet.

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    Jimmy says:

    Here is the tweet

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    PointSpecial says:

    These look pretty cool!

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    PointSpecial says:

    Oh, and I’m signed up for the newsletter!

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    Thanks for the great giveaway! Love the industrial sturdy build of the pen and the ink sounds great!

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    Already signed up for the newsletter. 😀

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    iAriel says:

    I would love the chance to try this out.

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    AlGonzalez says:

    I haven’t seen these yet. Need to swing by and take a look see.

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    AlGonzalez says:

    I’m already signed up for the Monthly Giveaway and Newsletter

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    Patsy says:

    I am a pen snob. Always on the lookout for a smooth writing ink that will also not smear when I go back to highlight my notes.