Typically when I think of pens, I have to say that 3M is not the first brand that I think of. On the other hand, when I think of office supplies in general, then 3M and Post-it certainly come to the top of my mind. I think sticky notes are one of the most commonly thought of office supplies, so the fact that they are starting to offer a wider line of pens should come as no surprise. The Post-it Flag + pen that I am reviewing today comes directly from the fine folks at 3M, and they were kind enough to not only share enough of these to do a giveaway, but also supplied me with a few new products to review that they have not yet released. If you are looking for these pens immediately, Amazon does have them here for $5.87.
The body of this pen is identical to the Post-it Flag+ Permanent Marker body which I recently reviewed, except for the black/white color difference. I really like the grips on these pens, they have a very comfortable rubberized grip, but I also really like the way that the grip section tapers in then back out again as it goes towards the point. My only concern with this version of the pen is that I could see that the white rubber grip might get dirty or grungy looking after a bit, but I would imagine that with good personal hygiene that shouldnt be a problem. 🙂
I think it is also important to note that although this pen does have a unique shape and actually has a storage space for flags at the top, you really dont sense any sort of top-heaviness when writing with it. Writing with it for any length of time did not pose a problem of discomfort for me, although I think that most people using this pen are probably taking notes, and going back and forth between writing and flagging pages. This alternating action would probably avoid any serious issues due to weight or imbalance, if there was any.
Now for the most part, there are very few ballpoint pens that I like to write with, I just dont usually find them to write as smooth and as nice as some other types of pens, however these ballpoints really do write well. I do have other preferences, but if given this ballpoint to write with, I certainly wouldnt complain about its performance. If you take a closer look at the writing sample above you can see that the ink from this ballpoint pen writes very consistently, and shows no gumming or clumping.
The Post-it Flags that come with this pen have a little bit of character with their polka dot and color coordinated pattern. The pens with blue ink have blue dots on the flags, and the pens with black ink have black dots on the flags. Having two subtly different colors of the dots might be helpful to someone who likes to color coordinate their notes.
The last picture shows the pen disassembled so you can see how the flag efilling system works. The clear top part of the pen just slides up and off, and the flags sit inside of it between two lengths of plastic that keep them centered and stable. As you pull the flags out of the pen, they alternate directions to make their removal easier.
I think these pens offer a convenience that is very helpful to the frequent note-taker who likes to write with a ballpoint pen. At a price of $2.93 each or $5.87 for the pack of 2, it really is a great product if you are a Post-it flag user, or if you are just looking for a way to be a better organized or more efficient note taker.
As I said earlier in the post, keep your eyes out for additional Post-it reviews for some new, unreleased products that they have in their line. Also, I will be doing another giveaway soon that will include the 2 pack of the Post-it Flag+ Pen ballpoints in both blue and black, along with all the other items previously included in my giveaways.