Sunday, April 04, 2010

Review: Pentel EnerGel Deluxe RTX Liquid Gel Pen PLUS GIVEAWAY!!

Part of the awesome that is being a Pen-fessional is that I get a big box of pens to play with and test out. When I saw these beauties smiling up at me from that box, I knew this was going to be a sweet gig.

I've already talked about my love for the original EnerGel, specifically, the 0.5mm needle tip, so you know I was already digging these pens on sight. Pentel sent me four of these, in Black, Purple, Red, and Blue. I immediately grabbed the nearest sheet of paper and set to writing.

The first thing I noticed was how smooth the ink flowed as I wrote. The blue was a little spotty out of the gate, but as I wrote more with it the ink filled in and it ended up being just as nice as the other colors. The pen felt nice in my hand, with the grip (latex-free, a very nice touch) leaving my fingers feeling good even after writing for some time.

The ink dried super fast - and I tested this out by running my left hand over the ink as I wrote. I grew up as the only right handed one in a family of lefties, so I know what it's like to be writing and come away with a hand smeared in ink. My immediate thought was that this would be an awesome pen to gift to my sister or my Mom, both of whom have lived with ink stains on their writing hands for years.

The colored inks were bright on the paper, and really popped when I wrote with them next to the black ink. I especially liked the shade of blue, a nice deep shade. Most blue pens I have come across have a weak, pale shade that always makes me think the pen is running out of ink. The red ink is super sharp and really grabs your attention - totally perfect for making revisions or doodling a couple hearts for your sweetie (which I did, and she loved). I was also impressed with the purple shade. My Mom enjoys writing with purple ink, and sadly some of the ink fell into the same weak lines that blue inks tend to. The EnerGel, however, has a bold purple that stands out and holds its own when written next to the dark solid lines of the black ink.

The black ink was my favorite. I rarely write in any other color, and finding a pen that writes well and has a good, strong ink is always a priority. I even enjoyed the 0.7 metal tip, despite being a die hard needle tip person. The lines are strong without being too thick, perfect for any type of writing you might be doing. The pen is solidly built, and it better be, since it's refillable!

I'm pleased with the EnerGel Deluxe RTX. I'd buy this pen again. In bulk.

And because I am not likely to love on the colored ink pens as much as they deserve, I'll give away the Blue, Purple, and Red pens to three lucky commenters! Just leave a comment on this post before Friday, April 9th, at midnight and tell me which pen color you'd like. That's it! I'll pick three winners randomly Saturday morning, and will email the winners.

Should two (or three!) winners all want the same color, the first number to come up will get their color choice and so on.

Leave me some comments, and get your pen love.

18 comments:

  1. I like the looks of these pens, and yes the red sweetheart doodles were worth it!

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  2. Ooh! I love the look of these and can imagine how they feel--and refillable is a really great quality.

    I'm surprised by the crispness of the lines you get with the .7 tip. I'm also a die-hard fine-tip type... but I think I would use and abuse the heck out of either the purple or the blue! :D

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  3. Im a purple pen fanatic - and delighted to see another purple pen - sounds like it writes nice and smoothly = i hate 'scratchy' pens - cant wait to try it out !

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  4. Ooh. I'd love either the purple or the red. Those do look perfect for revisions!

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  5. penssssssss! that blue looks real pretty :)

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  6. Purple is pretty! :D

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  7. the accent walls in my condo are egg plant purple i loooove purple

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  8. Alyssa12:32 PM

    That IS a great shade of blue!

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  9. Kirsten7:50 PM

    I LOVE purple, but it seems that so does everyone else!

    I like that you said it didn't smear. Makes me think that I need to be looking at this for all the lefties in my life!

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  10. my favorite is purple. I love purple. Always have. :)

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  11. Aww, I'd love a red one. I could think happy thoughts of you while the red ink runs like rivers of blood over the papers of my students.

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  12. Sophia - I literally laughed out loud. I might have to send you a red pen just because.

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  13. I've been using a 1.0 mm blue energel that I found in my desk. I might have bought it or it might have been left there by the guy before me; who knows? But I like it. I'm a lefty, and it doesn't smear! I was never very pen-loyal before this - some guy noticed that my checkbook pen was a waterman at the parts house. Apparently that's good, but it came as a five-year thing for a company, so I didn't know. Those are the only two that don't smear these days.

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  14. Lorrainna12:26 PM

    Alicia,

    I wanted to let you know your comments were fun to read and makes me wondering about doing something similar. I'm not sure that I could be fair to any pen however. I've used a Parker Jotter for way to many years to count. They have always had the best feel in my hand with a smooth ink flow. Sigh. Love the idea of being able to do commentary though.

    Yours is lovely :)

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  15. Can I just have a letter instead? :)

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  16. I love the purple pen but I'm more a traditional blue pen user, so if I get chosen I'd love the blue one.

    Great review!

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  17. Have you found a cheap place to buy these in bulk? I rarely write with anything else (0.7 black ink), but being a student, I have to scour for the best deals. Thanks!!

    And I'd settle for refills, but they seem to cost (with shipping) just as much as the pen itself.

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  18. Sorry..I actually meant the 0.5mm. Thanks!

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