Friday, May 28, 2010
Review: Pentel EnerGel NV Plus GIVEAWAY!
It's no secret that I love the Pentel EnerGel pen, so when I saw the capped EnerGels in the Big Box O' Love I was pretty excited. In the box were the 0.7mm medium metal point and the 0.5mm fine needle point. I enjoyed that I could tell the 0.5mm from the 0.7mm with the barrel color - the 0.5 is a metallic blue, and the 0.7mm is a gun metal grey.
Let's start with the 0.7mm metal point.
These pens are pretty slick. The grey barrel makes this pen look professional, and I love the colored tips on the cap. It makes them easy to find in a full pen cup (or easy to avoid the purple pen when you're reaching for the red). While I am a bigger fan of a fine line, the medium tip was easy to write with and made really nice lines across the paper. The ink flowed smoothly without any stuttering, and it dried super fast. The lines were nice and thick without being too wide for my taste. The rubber grip made the pen sit well in my hand, and I enjoyed writing (and doodling) with it. The colors were nice and bright, and popped off the page. Really fun to write with.
Now let's look at the 0.5mm Needle Point.
The 0.5mm sport a deep blue barrel, and they also have the colored accents on the tips for easy selection of the colors you want. They also share the comfortable rubber grip that the 0.7mm tips do, and the ink flow is excellent - exactly what you would expect from an EnerGel pen. Although I really prefer a retractable pen (mainly because I tend to lose the cap or leave it off and then I come back to sad, dead pen) the caps did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the pen.
The needle tip made sharp, thin lines that I absolutely love. The ink dried almost instantly, even when I tried to run my finger along the ink as I wrote. (It's more difficult than it sounds - the things I do for you, for pens!) The colors were bright and the black was a really great dark ink on the paper. I found them super nice to write (and doodle) with, even though they aren't retractable. I know it seems like a small thing, but I can't really express my dislike for capped pens. Even pens with really cool caps like these EnerGel NVs. It isn't enough of a downer for me to say I wouldn't buy these pens again, because I totally would.
Both of these pens are part of the Recycology Line, and they are 54% recycled materials. I am disappointed that they are not refillable, and that might be the difference between picking up these pens and their retractable cousins, the EnerGel. All in all, I really enjoyed these pens, and I would probably buy them again. I wouldn't leave them in the cup to be stolen, but these pens would be a good pen to carry around to introduce people to Pentel, and I believe they are a good ambassador to the EnerGel line. They're well deserving of the EnerGel name. Two thumbs up.
I want to spread around the pen love! I'll give four lucky commenters TWO of these awesome pens, each! Just leave me a comment and tell me what you'd write with your EnerGel pen, and what colors/tip size you would like. I'll randomly choose four comments, and they'll get their choice in order of being chosen. Comment between now and midnight on Monday, May 31st. I'll choose the winners on Tuesday morning, my first day of returning to college.
In the 0.5mm needle (fine) point, I have Blue, Black, and Red. In 0.7mm metal (medium) point I have Black, Blue, Green, Red, and Purple.