I was recently contacted by Claire, who offered me some Papermate Inkjoy pens to try. They are a reasonably new product from Papermate which are designed to be a lot smoother to write with than your standard ballpoint.
In the package I was sent, there were 7 different pens, all from the Inkjoy range. Five of them were the basic Inkjoy 100 in quite vibrant colours, and there was also a 300 RT and a 700 RT. The 100′s are a fairly standard, hexagonal-body ballpoint that comes in various colours. The 500 RT is a retractable version with a rubber grip and round black body, and the 700 RT is (according to the Press Release) modelled after a Grand Piano.
Here’s the writing test:
All the pens write extremely well for Ballpoints. Personally, I don’t opt for a ballpoint if I had to choose, but these Inkjoys blur the line between ballpoint and a rollerball. They are almost too smooth.
One thing I did notice was that the 100′s were actually the smoothest. This was confirmed by some workmates who gave the pens a try.
Another interesting note is the line width. While all the pens are stamped as “1.0″, which I assume means they are a 1mm pen, they put out a very thin line for such a wide ball. I prefer 0.5mm or even thinner lines, but these were quite acceptable.
In the mix of pens there were 3 which were blue. Two of them were 100s, one with a blue body, and one clear, and the 700 was also blue. I was interested to see if they had different colour blues or not, so I did the following test. From what I could see, they were all the same.
If I had to pick a favorite pen, I would look at the 300 before the 700. For one, it’s black (I’m not sure if you can get the 700 in black) and I always use black pens. I also find the grip to be a little softer and easier to hold.
That isn’t to say that the 700 is not a fine looking writing instrument. It is also a fair bit more expensive.
Inside, the 500 and 700 are not the same, the 700′s ink cartridge is longer than the 500′s, and a different spring is used. I guess that rules out swapping the black into the 700.
The RRP supplied with the pens puts the 100 at about 40c each, when buying in a multipack, the 300RT around the $1 mark, and the 700RT at about $2. Obviously, RRP and vendor prices will differ, and you won’t always buy a pen in a pack of 8, but it’s a good estimate.
To wrap up, I do quite like these, and would recommend anyone who uses ballpoints a lot to give them a go. Maybe buy a 100 if you see one, and if you like it, think about picking up some 300′s or 700′s as your every-day pen?
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