I have a weakness for pens. Not necessarily because I love them, but because I have a hard time loving them. As I explained in “Why I Own So Many Pens. And Why I Keep Buying”, the main problem is that I’m a lefty, and most pens don’t work with lefties.
Paper Mate contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked me if I would look at their new InkJoy pens. The email said it had “a revolutionary new ink system, which features the smoothness of a gel pen with the fast-dry of a ball point.” Sounds good.
But then it went on to claim that it would become the world’s most stolen pen, and that they would “provide…a pen theft prevention kit to help” protect the pen.
What can I say? The email, completely over the top, made me laugh. So I accepted.
At The Post Office
When I went to get the package from my post office box, I was puzzled. The box was big. And heavy. So when I got to the car, I opened it. Here are the pictures:
Over The Top?
So there I was, sitting with a real fingerprint safe, a set of warning labels, and some pens.
This was truly over the top marketing. Which in my (albeit cynical) experience, generally means an indifferent product.
Boy, was I wrong.
A Truly Great Pen
The first thing I did (as I do with all pens) is to make a mark and drag my hand through its ink. Not a smudge. So far, it lives up to the claim of the fast drying ink.
I then looked at the pen. It’s a good barrel size, not too thin, and not too thick. The rubber-like grip is rather smooth, and rests comfortably.
The ink was next scrutinized. Yes, it’s fast drying like a ball point, but did it skip like a ball point? I am happy to report that it doesn’t. It’s got a nice smooth action, just as a gel pen would. Without me having to wear it.
I put the pen to a test. I wrote out three long blog articles with it, then followed it up with a four page letter to a friend. By the end of the session, my hand was not sore, and the pen still felt comfortable. And there was no ink on my hand.
Even though I didn’t pay for these, I wanted to see how expensive they were. Amazon has the 700 RT listed as 4 pens for less than $8.00. That’s a good price for the quality I tested.
The only think I couldn’t find was ink refills. But perhaps those will come in time. Paper Mate has been good in the past about releasing refills.
A New Favorite
I really love the InkJoy pen and its action. I can easily see that it will become my favorite writing instrument, and I am very careful to keep track of it. I won’t say I lock it in the safe, but that pen does travel with me.
Paper Mate, via the Zocalo Group, provided me with InkJoy pens to enable me to write this review.