2012-01-29

This week's new pens

Ballograf Epoca Royal




This is an Epoca which is described as "matt". But it's more like it's got a wood grain pattern in the plastic. Gives a quite nice feel to it.

Ballograf Scripta XI


Ballograf Scripta XI

Sort of like a Rondo made out of aluminium. It's the one Ballograf which has the Easy Flow refill in it when you buy it. It's a hybrid ink, but not quite like any I've seen before. Writing length 3500 m compared to 8000 m in the other full size Ballograf refills. Not archival.

The surface isn't knurled and feels smooth, but still gives quite good friction when you hold it.

This is without question a candidate for 2012's best pen purchase (ask me again next year) partly because it's not expensive at all.

Ballograf SA4000


Ballograf SA4000

But this pen is so archival that it's part of its name. "Svenskt arkiv" means approved for writing which have to be archival (plenty of workplaces in Sweden where the law demands it and I know people who've had official "pen checks" when they've had to show that the refill in their ballpoint is archival). Writing length 4000 m which is interesting as it looks like one of the refills would fit in it, but there is no 4000 m Ballograf refill, only the small 3500 for Ballograf Pocket.
Also, it doesn't look like the exact same hue of blue. Will be interesting to take it apart, but I won't before I've got spare ones.


Ballograf Friendly




This is a custom variant of the environmentally friendly pen made up in colours for the company Kontorab as a give away-pen.

Pilot Nextage




Bought this one mainly in preparation for 2012's ink testing.
But it's a very nice pen, so I'm using it.

Lamy Logo




This is also a pen in use, bought mainly for ink testing. Good design and nice to write with, but it's the first M16 refill I've got so no long term experience with the refills.

Lamy Pur ballpoint


Lamy Pur ballpoint

Looks very good, this pen does.
But it's not really practical as a use pen; The clip isn't very user friendly, it's only 11 mm in diameter but feels a bit wide. Doesn't help that its surface is rather smooth so when your hands get a bit sweaty you don't get a really good grip on it.
Very smooth and almost silent retraction mechanism with no distinct "click" at all.

Zebra F-701


Zebra F-701

Made of steel, except for a little bit of plastic. The barrel has rather thick walls, but it's not heavy. Knurling at the front makes for a good grip.
Possible to use Fisher refills, but it's not 100% function because they've got a little change in diameter near the point which sometimes can get stuck, but just release pressure and the point will emerge.
Mainly bought for ink testing, but it's really nice so it's a user too.

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