Archive for June, 2010

Zebra nuSpiral

I had seen someone using this pen a while back, and thought that it was only available in Japan. Then I saw that it was available on Jetpens and immediately ordered one.

The ink in the pen is blue, but you can purchase other ink refills if you prefer black or red. The pen writes very smoothly, and there is no skipping or feathering. The pen also fits very nicely in the hand and is considered to be ergonomic, which makes it much more comfortable to work with. The grip is very soft and “squishy”, and helps to stop your hand from cramping up while writing.

The pen portrays a very elegant look and has a very interesting look to it. Clear plastic spirals down the body of the pen making it look very modern and eye-catching. Overall I really enjoy writing with this pen and would suggest it to anyone who likes writing and enjoys when people notice their pens.


Japanese Pen Surprise

Today, a friend of mine made my day when they told me they would be leaving for Japan tomorrow. I asked them if they could bring me back some pens, and they grinned. They asked if I had any specific type in mind, and I replied “surprise me”.

I will be waiting impatiently for their return to the States to see what awesome pens they have brought home, and I will be informing you of them shortly afterwards.

A while back I saw a commercial for a pen that advertised its ability to be completely erased. The only pens I had ever written with before that are the typical ones sold at any office supply store made by papermate. However, those usually leave black or blue marks on your paper, so I was a bit skeptical when purchasing my first FriXion pen.

When I got home that day and tried out the pen, I was disappointed in the quality of the ink, although it did erase as well as the advertisements said it would. I put this pen in a drawer and have not used it since.

About two weeks ago I saw a similar pen on Jetpens and thought that it might be better coming from such a reputable website when it comes to pens. However, when my pen arrived in the mail, I was in for another disappointment. The pen had the same problem, the ink.

The ink in these pens feel as though they are 88% water. I feel as though when I write I could lift up the paper and the ink would drip down. The rest of the pen including the eraser is a success however. The eraser is an interesting concept because it is made of rubber, and uses friction (hence the name) to remove the ink from the page.

However, the ink problem is too large of a drawback for me and I do not recommend this pen to those who prefer writing with fine lines or to those who often have problems with smudging their words.