Platinum Preppy “Modded” Fountain Pen – Parker Quink Blue-Black(?)

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Pen: Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen – Black
Ink: Parker Quink Black-Blue(Although it could just be black, still not truly sure)

Well, I finally ran out of ink in my Preppy and didn’t have a refill cartridge, so I decided to take the advice of a recent commenter on one of my posts (Claire from Springfield). So, I got some silicone grease from work and went to town on the threads.

I had a bottle of Parker Quink ink that I received from my girlfriend as a random gift… Let me tell you, nothing helps more in this world than to have someone who not only loves you, but is willing to put up with and even support your hobbies… But, back to the subject at hand… I took said ink (which I still haven’t decided whether it’s black or blue-black, perhaps a connosieur might be able to help in this regard?) and filled the barrel of the Preppy. I cleaned the nib and reservoir properly of the ink from the last cartridge, and then carefully put the pen back together. After several minutes of being upside down, the ink began to flow freely from the nib. I am now the owner of a “modded” Preppy “Eye-Dropper” fountain pen…

Got any more ideas, questions, comments? Post ’em below… 🙂

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Bic Triumph 537RT 0.7mm Retractable Gel Pen – Black, Blue, and Red

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Pen #58.
Bic Triumph 537RT 0.7mm Retractable Gel Pen – Black, Blue, and Red

So, time for our first review using the new review scale/form. Let’s see how it goes…

I picked these up at Staples the other day (at $6.99 for a pack of four, they were a little pricey) while picking up some school supplies for my younger siblings. I had purchased/reviewed the 537R Rollerballs before and was kinda looking forward to reviewing these and seeing how they compared.

I will admit, that I really love the design on these much more than I did the design of the 537R. Featuring a partially transparent barrel, allowing you to visibly check the ink supply, ending in the grip on the business end and a silver-ish line pattern on the plunger end, it definitely seems to be in better taste. The 537RT also features a nice rubber grip traction-enhancing grooves as well as a metal clip and transparent plunger.

The ink performed well, writing smoothly without any skipping or scratching (although there was a bit of white lining at first, perhaps due to the fact that it was brand new). One thing I did notice was that the ink was dark… The blue almost seemed like a black-blue and the red, while not dark, was very vibrant and eye-catching. With a three-second drying time, it’s also pretty good for lefties…

While these were a little pricey, they were ultimately worth the money in my opinion. Definitely would recommend these and most likely will be adding them to my daily-use pens…

Final Score: 43/50  =  4.3 out of 5 Stars…

Bic Atlantis 0.1mm Retractable Ballpoint Pens – Black, Blue, Red, and Green

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Pen #57.
Bic Atlantis 1.0mm Retractable Ballpoint Pens – Black, Blue, Red, and Green

Well, I’ve been slacking off on my reviews… So, time to get caught up. We had purchased some of these pens for use around the office at work, and I must admit that when first using one, I was not very impressed. On giving these a second try, I did lose some of my earlier disliking, but they still rank as just an run-of-the-mill ballpoint in my book…

The Atlantis features a built-in rubber grip (which I consider to be one of it’s coolest features). While other rubber grips are just that (rubber), this one seems to be almost a gel grip which almost holds onto my fingers, rather than the other way around…

The 1.0 tip size was a little daunting to me at first, but I kind of wonder if it’s not a misnomer. The actual line width is more reminiscent of a 0.7mm tip than a 1.0 mm. They do write relatively smoothly, but like most ballpoints, the ink skips as you write (which is almost a sin for a perfectionist like myself. I catch myself going back and “finishing” lines all the time).

For $1.00 at Staples, these weren’t really a bad deal. Definitely a pen I could still use just to jot down quick notes with. Might stash it away in the car somewhere to help check/record my mileage…

3 out of 5…

Pilot Frixion Color-Pencil-Like 0.7mm Erasable Gel Pen – Tawny Brown

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Pen #56.
Pilot Frixion Color-Pencil-Like 0.7mm Erasable Gel Pen – Tawny Brown

Another one of my recent JetPens purchases, I grabbed this pen because I love the Frixion erasable line and because I love brown pens (possibly because they’re a wee bit rare). Since the writing quality of the pen is technically the same as the 0.7mm Ball version I reviewed a couple weeks ago, I really don’t have much to add to my last review, other than the fact that I love the brown ink. JetPens also has one in Tea Brown, and I’m considering adding it to my collection when I place my next order.

As for the aesthetics, the Color-Pencil-Like style doesn’t have a clip, and is comprised of only 4 pieces. It’s not refillable like the Ball version is, but they also made on design difference that really stands out. They put the eraser on top of the cap! In doing this, they solved the main problem that plagues Frixion users (and which has probably caused many to move to the Uni Fanthom series). Another excellent choice from JetPens.com.

5 out of 5 stars!

Pentel Oh! Gel 0.7mm Retractable Gel Pen – Black, Blue, and Red

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Pen #55.
Pentel Oh! Gel 0.7mm Retractable Gel Pen – Black, Blue, and Red

Another random Staples find, these Oh! Gels caught my attention because a.) I had never seen them before and b.) they had an odd design…

First things first… The Oh! Gel line features a rich, dark gel ink which applies smoothly to the paper. Although you probably can’t see it in the picture, the ink (with the exception of the red) is very dark and thick compared to most other gel pens, although this is not totally unexpected since the Energel line is also very similar.

As for the design… I’m not really sure what to say. I see a growing trend for pen producers to “decorate” their pens in geometric and “swirly” patterns, and I’m not sure whether or not I like it. Sometimes I’m ok with the designs, but then others that I see are way to “girly” in appearance and instantly turn me off to that type of pen. The Oh! Gels feature a diamond pattern on the barrel, which while I’m not particularly adverse to it, I don’t particularly like it either. The plunger is  a “crystal clear diamond cut top” (yup, took that directly from Pentel’s website)… I’m not sure why, but everything about this pen screams “I’m trying to look “fancy-smhancy” while still being affordable, but it ends up just looking cheap… Sorry Pentel, you failed to capture my heart with these…

3 out of 5 stars…

Sanford Prismacolor Premier Fine Line Marker Set – Black

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Pen(s) #54.
Sanford Prismacolor Premier Fine Line Marker Set – Black

Not really a writing pen, but since I was able to grab these for a decent price at Michaels (I must admit that I love the 40% off coupons they give you EVERY time you buy something there), eh, why not…

The thing that instantly captured my attention was the fact that the set included a 0.05 mm tip fine liner… The whole set actually includes a 0.05 mm, 0.1 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.5 mm, and 0.8 mm fine line markers. Definitely not anything to sneeze at (considering I got them for almost half-price). I did notice, however, that the art classification of tip size is a bit different than that of normal pens. The 0.05 mm’s line width reminded me of the 0.28 mm Uni Style Fit, still a feat for a felt tip marker…

The markers each feature a sturdy clip, and the cap fits firmly on to the top There’s no grip present, although, since this is an art marker, I wasn’t truly expecting one. These also are acid-free, lightfast, permanent, water-resistant, smear-resistant when dry, non-toxic, archival quality, and they won’t bleed through (when used moderately, ie. You could make them bleed through if you sat there and held them onto the page. All in all, a pretty awesome offering from Sanford…

4.5 out of 5…

Platinum Preppy 03 Fountain Pen – Blue Black

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Not really a review per se, but since I was traded this Preppy in exchange for the 05 size, I thought I might at least comment on the ink color. The Platinum Preppy Blue-Black ink writes beautifully, although I would almost consider it a regular blue than a blue-black… Quick-drying with little fade, the Preppy would make a great choice for the fountain pen beginner (I gave a pink one I received in trade to my girlfriend and she said she loves it) and the everyday user alike! Get ’em at JetPens.com…

Check out the original review here…

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