Recent Pens and Pencils
It’s been too long since I’ve discussed pens and pencils, so it’s time to highlight some recent acquisitions:
My favorite mechanical pencil.Â It’s gorgeous, affordable, and sharp.Â I love the way it looks (especially the silver model) and the feel of the aluminum.Â Its Kuru Toga mechanism rotates the lead every time you advance for sharper lines.Â Considering all that, the price is reasonable; I only wish it was available in 0.3mm.
I’m not a big Pentel pen fan, but this one has won me over: sharp lines with an incredible smoothness.Â I don’t like the normal medium point Energels you can buy at retail; they’re actually too smooth and go flying all over the place if you’re not extra careful.Â But I like this model so much I’ve already ordered a second so I don’t run out.
OK, it’s ugly, but on the other hand for a super fine pen (< 0.30mm) it’s pretty smooth, retractable (I believe it’s the only super-fine retractable pen), and cheap ($2.50 versus $3.00 or more).
The original Frixions are good for an erasable pen, but not great pens.Â In my experience their lines are wide and blotchy, and they seem to get worse with age.Â This model, however, has been writing smoothly with a much finer line – and I like the color.Â On the other hand, at $3.75, it’s pretty expensive, and I’ll have to see how it writes as it ages.
All the other machined Kickstarter pens have left me unmoved; a pen has to be really special for me to pay the typical asking price.
But when I saw the Mover, I really liked it: a beautiful retractable pen, available in gorgeous colors (I like the Blue, Teal, Green, and Sand colors), with a price that was within reason.Â I’m very happy with my result: a dark blue Mover that’s perfectly built and can take many different gel refills (I’m not enamored of the 0.38mm G2 refill).Â The grip is sweet, and the pen is well balanced.Â If you appreciate hand crafted pens and have the budget, I enthusiastically recommend this pen.