My last blog entry mentioned this, but it was just a mention and it deserves a proper blog post, especially now. Two days ago, Pentel featured one of my WTJ pages on their blog and linked back to this site as photo credit. I contacted them through Twitter and half jokingly asked if I could get some free stuff since I helped inspire their blog entry. They said sure and asked for my address, today I got a box with some seriously awesome goodies. I’d just been expecting maybe a couple things, but they sent me five different products! I’m amazed and extremely grateful to them, and the least I can do as a Thank You is to blog about what they sent me and review it all!
I’m going to start off with a quick disclaimer. Pentel sent me these items, but this is not a sponsored post. I was not asked to review these products nor did I offer to review them in exchange for free loot. I’ve never really written a proper review so while I’ll try to be thorough, don’t expect professionalism out of me. I’m more likely to go “This thing is AWESOME” than actually say something useful like it’s ergonomic. But I’ll try.
The first I tried was the brand new EnerGel-X. These pens have a blend of rollerball and gel ink, and just as the packaging claims, they are in fact quick drying. I wrote a word and immediately rubbed over it with my finger, the only smear was the very last point where my pen had been and I can only even see it if I look closely. And they’re refillable!
Next I tried the EnerGel Alloy RT. What obviously first catches your attention about this pen is the barrel is all metal. It has a comfortable heavy weight, nicely balanced and not unpleasant to write with despite not having a padded grip. Also refillable. Edit: This pen writes smoothly on certain types of paper and rough on other types, I guess it depends on the quality of the paper and a legal pad is obviously not premium paper.
The one I was most surprised to receive was the Pocket Brush Pen. I’ve always wanted a brush pen but never bought one for myself, which is rather silly considering I used to work in an art supplies store so you’d think I’d own every kind of pen. I’m not going to post a fancy handwriting picture for this one since this was my first time using one, so my handwriting with it is just plain embarrassing and I’d rather wait till I practice more before I show off. I can’t compare it to anything since I’ve never used another kind, but this seems to be a really nice brush pen.
I also received two Icy Mechanical Pencils. I haven’t actually used a mechanical pencil since graduating high school in 2002, my pencil of choice for the past few years has been a Koh-I-Noor Technigraph Lead Holder, but these new pencils will come in handy for my sketching.
The last item is a Presto Correction Tape, which I’m really excited about because I love these little gizmos. And remember when I said I’d sooner call something awesome before using a helpful word like ergonomic? Well, this Correction Tape dispenser is awesome AND ergonomic! It has a thumb grip to help hold it, which is super handy because other brands do actually slip out of your hands sometimes. The thumb grip also helps make sure you’re holding it correctly, especially for southpaws who might try to use it with their left hand (not possible). The tape slides along easily and is almost fully opaque, two layers makes it completely opaque. I’ve used a few different brands of Correction Tape and this is definitely one of the best. Oh, and the dispenser is purple, my favorite color, which of course makes it that much more awesome.
Thanks again to everyone at Pentel, especially whoever’s in charge of the Twitter account!