July 30, 2008

Review: Pilot Spotliter Dual Tip

It hit me at work a few weeks back that I hadn't bought a new highlighter in years, so I pulled up my handy dandy JetPens link and this Pilot Spotliter Dual Tip caught my eye.  I like the fact that the ink isn't too heavy on the paper, which is an annoyance to me.  This highlighter is the perfect shade of blue for marking and for readability.  The fine tip is a bonus for quick underlining or labeling pages.  I wouldn't hesitate to purchase more colors of this pen.

By the way, the underlying pen is a Pentel Slicci 0.3mm - it looks great!  :)

Also, let me apologize for the photo angle and cropping of the picture.  I was taking the pictures and uploading them so fast I did a poor job.  I guess that's what happens with a newborn in the house!

July 28, 2008

You know you are a Pen Addict if.....

1.  You have a pen cup on your desk, but it only contains crap pens that you don't care if they get stolen by your co-workers.

2.  You keep your good pens stashed away in a safe spot, away from grabby hands.

3.  You check the office supplies section of every store you are in for new pens.

4.  If they have new pens, you buy them.

5.  You start writing but you don't like how the pen is performing, you switch pens and recopy what you already had written with the new pen.  Sometimes, this is a several pen event.

6.  You carry more than 2 - ok 20 - pens in your backpack/purse.

7.  You write a blog about pens.

8.  You read a blog about pens.

Those are the ones I could come up with off the top of my head.  What else makes you know that you are a Pen Addict?  Leave some comments and I'll update this post with some of the best ones.

Update:  There are some great ones in the comments section - thanks everyone!  Here are some samples:

From ellie:
You can't understand how people can write with 1.0+mm pens.

From teabird:
Before you write a letter, you spend more time deciding which pen to use than you spend writing the letter.

From moon'slark:
You keep a moleskine JUST for your pen addiction.

From alwayswrite:
The whole Staples or Office Max staff knows your name.
You don't consider BIC stick pen a real pen.

From Kataish:
You have a favourite pen but don't tell the runners up for fear of hurting their feelings.

From nicolelynn:
You hold pen try-outs to determine which one to use for any given written item.

From Matt:
You build this thing from scratch to display pens on your office wall.

From cool:
When you keep checking jetpens everyday for any new pens that are in stock.

July 27, 2008

Ink Links

-- Laurelines reviews the 20 pen Akashiya Sai Watercolor set  (Laurelines Drawings and Paintings)

-- "Pens are like Crack for me" - I hear ya brother  (notraces’s posterous)

-- A black Pentel Slicci 0.3mm... what a perfect pen  (Moleskinerie Flickr Group)

-- The Museum of Notebooks  (notebookism)

-- Natalie loves pens:  Pens. PENS! I love pens.  (Definatalie)

-- Hanna does too  (iHanna's Blog)

-- A very nice pen and paper blog called simply Pen and Paper  (Pen and Paper)

-- Miss Gaby goes with the flow:

July 24, 2008

JetPens Order July 2008

Here is my latest order from JetPens.  Look for reviews starting sometime next week.

Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.3 mm - Pompadour
Uni-ball Jetstream Sport Color Body Ballpoint Pen - Green
Sakura Pigma Micron 03 Pen - 0.35 mm - Blue
Sakura Pigma Micron 03 Pen - 0.35 mm - Black
Pilot Spotliter 2 Broad / Fine Twin Tip Highlighter - Blue
Uni-ball Color Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Blue Body - Blue Lead
Pilot G-2 Limited Metallic Barrel Gel Ink Pen - Gray Barrel
Pilot G-2 Gel Ink Pen Refill - 0.38 mm - Blue

July 22, 2008

Review: Platinum Preppy Sign

I received these Platinum Preppy Sign markers compliments of JetPens.  They have a great feel, great ink flow, and have the added bonus of refillable ink cartridges and replacable tips.  More details from JetPens:
The Preppy line from Platinum is so comfortable and practical that our customers have requested that we bring in the entire line. So now the Preppy fountain pen, marker, and highlighter are all available at JetPens.
The brilliant design of the Platinum Preppy Sign Markers is that they work just like a fountain pen! They use convenient ink refill cartridges. Just pop one in and in seconds the nib is filled and ready to go. The markers are great for frequent use because even the tip is replaceable. Even though they are made for the office, they are especially kid friendly because you can always replace the tip after they have been abused. Very economical and eco-friendly. Seven vibrant colors available.

July 19, 2008

Ink Links

-- Pencil vs. Pens for your schedule making (Quo Vadis)

-- Gina got some goodies from JetPens  (Gina's Sketchblog)

-- Pentel Energize PL77 Mechanical Pencil Review  (Dave's Mechanical Pencils)

-- Review:  Pilot Latte Gel Ink Pens  (Amateur Economist)

-- David Hayward Design 2.0mm leadholder  (Pencil Talk)

-- New pens and samples from Wilbur  (Ghostschool)

-- New pens for msheply too  (Horror Princess)

-- A reader sent me this cool link to an eraser blog  (Joy of Erasers)

July 18, 2008

Review: Pilot FriXion 0.7mm

I started this blog because I have a problem, and the Pilot FriXion epitomizes my addiction.  I know I'm not going to like this pen.  I've reviewed it before and didn't like it, but I still bought this 0.7mm model even after my previous experience.  What I can say is that I don't hate this one as bad as the 0.5mm blue model, but I just can't see myself using this on a day to day basis.

July 15, 2008

Review: Sharpie Ultra Fine

The Sharpie Permanent Marker is a classic, but does not give a classic performance in my Moleskine Reporter notebook.  Not that I expected it to, but I wanted to try out the Ultra Fine tip anyway.  It bleeds through the page really quickly, causing me to write at light speed.  The following page in my notebook became unusable (in my anal-retentive mind) after this pen test.  I think I'll stick to marking cd's and dvd's with this one.

July 12, 2008

Ink Links

-- The Cartesio: A Notebook From Florence  (Black Cover)

-- Field Notes Public Service Announcement No.01  (Field Notes Blog)

-- My kingdom for a pen  (Writer In Progress)

-- Ink Review: Private Reserve Arabian Rose  (biffybeans @ Flickr)

-- Wicked cool recycled notebooks from remarkable.co.uk  (Housework Rules)

-- GFKP stands for Good Friggin Killer Pen  (Who Needs Friends)

-- Kyubikitsy reveiws the Akashiya SAI Watercolor Pens  (Nemu Nemu)

-- Review:  Rhodia Large Webnotebook  (Amateur Economist)

-- Frequent readers and commenters Speedmaster and Murderface blog at Amateur Economist and Reciprocal Crap Exchange, respectively.  They are big pen/pencil/stationary fans and often post about their recent finds and purchases.

-- I also found Strikethru.net in my referral logs, and really like the look and style of the site.

-- And finally, for you Pilot G-2 fans, I noticed this week that Target has started to carry the 0.38mm model in black.  YMMV.

July 10, 2008

Review: Uni-Ball Signo Premier

A reader reminder me of the Uni-Ball Signo Premier in a recent email, referring to it as just "the pen", and it certainly is a good one.  I have had this model lingering around without much use for months, and I forgot how nice it really is.  Silky smooth and extremely comfortable - a perfect pen for all of those long writing or notetaking sessions.  It comes equipped with a black 0.7mm gel ink cartridge, but I assume the 0.5mm refills fit just fine if you are looking for a finer line.  Great pen at a great price.

July 8, 2008

Review: Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm Soda Blue

I am really starting to like the variety of colors and widths available in the Pilot Hi-Tec-C line, so I am trying to add in a few different ones everytime I place an order with JetPens.  This time around, I went with the 0.4mm Soda Blue color.  The ink is really sharp and rather neat looking, and of course writes very well as all of the Hi-Tec-C pens tend to do.  More new colors here I come!

July 4, 2008

Review: Pilot G-3 Gel 0.38mm Blue

The Pilot G-3 is one of my all-time favorites, and I need to update my rankings on the sidebar accordingly.  I really can't find anything negative to say about this pen.  The ink flow is great and it is really comfortable.  I can use it for any situation on any type of paper and the performance is excellent.  If you want to make the foray into sub-0.5mm gel pens, then this would be a great starting point.

July 2, 2008

Thank You D*I*Y Planner and Chronicle

I received two great links yesterday from D*I*Y Planner and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  I just wanted to say thank you to all who visit, and I hope you enjoy the site!

D*I*Y Planner:  Pen Addiction?
Chronicle Forums:  Pen Addicts are Us

July 1, 2008

Review: Pilot Pockel Black 0.5mm

I've mentioned before that I really like the Pilot Pockel, right?  The black performs equally as well as the light green.  This is just a really solid little pen.  I could see myself owning and getting use out of every color available.