Saturday, November 9, 2013

OHTO Fude Ball 1.5 mm Red

According to JetPens, the OHTO Fude's application is inspired by the Japanese tradition of writing cards for the New Year, and I can definitely also see using this for Christmas cards and Valentine's Day, editing/markup/corrections or, as I suggested, using it for love notes. :)

The reason for all of this conflicted confusion? That big ol' ball is just as menacing as HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's ginormous, and you can see that it means business. The color it puts down could be a tad darker for my tastes (in my opinion, the color is a bit on the pinkish-red side). 

 The grip is smooth and displays the ink comb/regulator inside. The 1.5 mm designation is proudly displayed on the side of the barrel.

Look at that bubbly red ink - a dramatic appearance for a stick pen. I'm not sure how long the ink in this pen will last, especially given the diameter of the ball, but this pen is also not refillable, which is unfortunate.

 The refined brushed aluminum clip adds contrast to a fairly wild barrel pattern, what with all the diamond shapes and what not. The writing experience was delightful - on Rhodia paper - but a 1.5 mm liquid ink roller ball is not going to play well on all paper, nor will it align with everyone's taste in pens, but it's a unique experience that I think a lot of people will like just because it's so different. I will probably check out the black ink version at some point because it will be a more practical color for my needs.

At $2.50 a throw, it's not necessarily a "must try", but it meets a specific need and is a lot of fun to use. I received this one as a free sample from JetPens, but I always promise to tell it how it is.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Zebra Sarasa Push Clip 1.0 mm Blue Black

The only area where I dinged the Push Clip is in the barrel; at $2.20 a pop, I'm not complaining. Even if I have concerns about long-term durability, I have yet to have one of these fail on me.

Regarding the photography, the blue component of the blue black color may not be evident from the picture, but it's a solid blue black in real life, and I'm quite pleased how the color looks on the page. 

In the realm of gel pens, I'd imagine that the Sarasa line is somewhere in the upper echelon in terms of popularity and, overall, hitting all the right points - it's affordable, available in many different colors and sizes and, most importantly, it provides a very satisfying writing experience.

I'm still trying to get accustomed to the line width in using 1.0 mm pens, and I write small, so my letters often ooze together, but I do enjoy breaking out of my normal .38, .4, .5 range to play with a bold, inky pen. The ink even dried surprisingly well for the amount of ink that seems to be hitting the page - perhaps it's just the opacity of the ink itself. Some gels do not dry quickly even in the smaller point sizes *cough* G2 *cough*, but this one still takes a bit longer than, say, the EnerGel. 

Not only have I not experienced any globbing or smearing with this pen, I haven't stained my pants pockets with the retractable point, which has happened before, and those jeans become yard work jeans.

The defining characteristic of this pen, as the name would suggest, is the clip - it's large, pivots on a spring, can grab larger things than most pen clips, things like clip boards, your Sunday crossword, coworkers, your glasses, etc., which is good, because this is a pen that you want to bring with you places. There's also the Zebra icon indicating the pen is manufactured with recycled materials, an added bonus.

Zebra got it right with the Push Clip, and I'd have no problem recommending this one all day long. I have quite a few of these, my favorites being viridian green, cobalt blue, and brown, in the .4 mm size.

This was a sample sent courtesy of JetPens, where I purchased my other Sarasa Push Clips (they're not as easy to find as many other gels).

Monday, November 4, 2013

Retro51 Hex-O-Matic Giveaway Re-draw!

I didn't receive an e-mail from properiusz, so the new giveaway winner is Comfortable Shoes Studio! Please e-mail me your mailing address within one week to receive your Hex-O-Matic Ballpoint.