Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mystery Promotional Pen + Highlighter

It's really too bad there are not better promotional pens out there. If you look to the past, it is relatively easy to find great promotional notebooks, pens, pencils, rulers, etc. The modern promotional item is a ballpoint pen of less than stellar quality, and you are lucky to get a promo highlighter that is halfway decent. 

It was hard to capture this, but as you can (hopefully) see, this pen is made in Japan. My heart goes out to the people of Japan for what they are experiencing right now. 

The tip is pretty familiar - the Sharpie Extra Fine marker has the same tip, as does the Staples DuraPoint.

The highlighter works great, but it did smear a bit on the Rhodia Reverse Book paper that I used for the review. 

Here is a little comparison of the Mystery Pen vs. other popular selections of felt/plastic tips. As you can see, the Mystery Pen most closely matches the Pilot V Razor Point, and the 'MADE IN JAPAN' imprint is the same on both pens. I think this pen might be made by Pilot, but I cannot be sure. 

So, the big question is "Does anyone know who makes this?"

Friday, March 25, 2011

Giveaway Redux

Alright, since we didn't hear from Bridgette, the giveaway is being re-released. To sweeten the deal, I am adding two Pilot G-Tec-C4 pens from my review. So, the winner of this giveaway will receive:

- (1) nearly full bottle of Private Reserve Fast Drying Ultra-Black
- (1) Uniball Vision Elite rollerball in blue-black
(2) Staples DuraPoint pens (black)
(1) Field Notes Brand woodcase pencil
(2) Pilot G-Tec-C4 .4mm needle point gel pens

Sounds good to you? Great! Here are the rules:

  • Leave one comment on this posting to enter the drawing for the giveaway. 
  • Each visitor is limited to one entry for this giveaway. 
  • The giveaway will be open from now until Saturday, April 9th, at 11:59pm, CST. 
  • If you have any questions about the giveaway, please e-mail me. 
  • Shipment is limited to the visitors in the United States at this time. 
Good luck! 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Giveaway Winner

As of Tuesday, March 22nd, I have yet to hear from Bridgett to claim the giveaway. If I do not hear from her by tomorrow night, I will start an entirely new drawing altogether...

Congratulations, Bridgett. You have won this giveaway.

Bridgett said...

Cool giveaway! I'm excited about the Blue Black Vision Elite which I can't find anywhere. I *was* excited as a lefty about the Private Reserve fast dry Black before I read your review.

Several people became public followers of the blog, but they did not comment on the posting, which was a requirement of the giveaway, so, unfortunately, that aspect was not factored in to the drawing.

Bridgett, contact me with your mailing address, and I will get the package to you as soon as possible. Thanks for the entries, everyone. There will be more giveaways soon!  

Friday, March 18, 2011

Conway Stewart "Nippy" No. 3 - From Dave's Mechanical Pencils

Last month, I won one of the giveaway items from Dave's Mechanical Pencils. Dave's excellent blog on mechanical pencils and leadholders is now five years old (congratulations Dave), so he generously held several drawings to give out some goodies. What I received is a 1960's Conway Stewart "Nippy" No. 3, which features 1.18mm lead, gold plating, and a some classy iridescent green marbling. It was difficult to capture the imprinting and shimmer of the pencil, so the below images are the best I could do. Conway Stewart is located in England, and the company is well known for making quality writing instruments, especially fountain pens. 

The Conway Stewart in its new home. 

This iridescent marble pattern is found on many classic writing instruments. I think it looks great on this pencil.

The "Nippy" is quite small, but it is not too small and feels comfortable in the hand. Here is the pencil between a Parker 51 and a Rhodia Bloc 11 pad. 

This pencil has a twist mechanism to extend the lead. The leads are rather small, but I don't think I will use them much either way, because I imagine that it might not be as easy as I would like to acquire additional leads with the atypical 1.18mm size. The leads also had some aging on them - either mold or some sort of other patina. There is no eraser on the pencil, which is fine; I typically have a separate rubber or plastic eraser with me if I am in pencil mode. 

While I typically go for pens over pencils, it is easy to justify making some purchases after reading some of the reviews at Dave's Mechanical Pencils. 

For more information on this pencil, head over to Dave's review of the Conway Stewart "Nippy" No 3. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pilot G-Tec-C4 Five Color Pack


This is the five color multi-pack of Pilot G-Tec-C4 pens that I purchased at Staples a few weeks ago. I have to say, it is great to see better offerings at the local office supply store, and I hope this trend continues. It wasn't until somewhat recently that the .38 mm Pilot G-2 started showing up around the U.S., so maybe one day we will start seeing the ultra-fine point Sarasa, the Signo DX, et. al. around town. I noted in the written review that these seem to be the Hi-Tec-C packaged with a different name. I am torn about the fact that these are the same as the Hi-Tec-C. I use to love the Hi-Tec-C more than any other pen, but it seems like you can find something better depending on what characteristics you like most in your pens. There are many other pens that I would choose over the Hi-Tec-C/G-Tec-C4 at this point, and it all relates to writing performance.

For this review I had to prime the pens to get the ink flowing, and I had particular troubles getting the red pen to keep a consistent line. All of the other ones performed pretty well, but it seems like you end up with skipping issues if you write too quickly with these pens. I used a Rhodia Reverse book for this review, and the bright colors look great in it, but I wish Pilot had done something about problematic ink issues in this model. At any rate, I was quite glad to see something new on the shelf. And, at about $6 (U.S.), these are pretty nice to write with. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Private Reserve Fast Dry Ultra Black + Giveaway

Welcome to the worst ink I have ever used - Private Reserve Fast Dry Ultra Black. I didn't even bother writing a longer review, because this ink does not deserve the frustration required to mess with it. I tried this ink in a Pelikan M205, a Noodler's Piston Filler, and a Pilot Varsity. It has been just one problem after another. I am going to give this ink away in case someone wants to use it for art, blending, for dip pens - whatever. I just don't want it around anymore. Even if it didn't have flow issues, which is a huge understatement, this ink is not at all a fast dry ink. If you try to use it on cheaper paper, it just bleeds all over. If you use it on Rhodia, or another top tier brand, it will take over a solid minute to really start drying. I would have to say that this is my least favorite ink, ever. 

Notice the skipping (because it will quickly dry in the nib and feed, just not on the paper) in this image. I do have to add that I also have  Private Reserve American Blue, which is one of the greatest inks I have used. It just seems like this one is a nightmare  undesirable ink. Because I don't want anyone to hate me for unloading this ink on them, I will also throw in some other goodies (all of which are new, except for the Private Reserve) for this giveaway. The winner of the giveaway will get:

  1. (1) Nearly full bottle of Private Reserve Fast Dry Ultra Black ink
  2. (2) Staples Durapoint pens (plastic tip, similar to a Sharpie Pen)
  3. (1) Unsharpened Field Notes pencil 
  4. (1) Uniball Vision Elite .8mm Blue-Black pen

Rules for the giveaway:
  • You can get one vote by leaving a comment. You may only vote once via commenting.
  • If you become a public follower of Economy Pens, you will get a second vote. Just leave a comment on this posting that you have become a follower so I can factor your second vote into the drawing. 
  • I will be letting this giveaway go until Friday, March 17th, at 11:59pm, CST. The winner of the giveaway will be posted on Saturday, March 18th. 
  • Shipping will only be available to U.S. residents. I do not mean to exclude international visitors, but finances are fairly limited for the time being. 

Please contact me if you have any questions.