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.

Writing Sample:




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.

Writing Sample:



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.

Good luck!

28 comments:

  1. Those look fantastic - especially the needle point. Great review!

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  2. Hahaha, I love your love of pens. My dad is the same way, so it reminds me of him.

    I'd like the 05.mm in red, and the 0.7mm in black. Hmm, what I would write...

    I B WRITIN'
    DEY B HATIN'

    Hahaha. Love you.

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  3. Those needle points look great. I'm loving the metallic blue bodies.

    I probably wouldn't write much with these pens, most likely I'd doodle and sketch with them. If I had to choose I'd go with the fine points in blue and black and barring that the same colors in medium.

    GLHF at school!

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  4. Purple in a medium point? Be still my heart! Alicia...Alicia...don't make me beg!

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  5. I never win anything but it worth a try. :D

    0.7 mm in blue would be lovely! ;P

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  6. 0.5 in red and 0.7 in purple would be awesome!
    I'd mark my calendar with them, and also use them for correcting papers.

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  7. .05 any color would be wonderful. I've gotten back into pen palling and would write many a letter with these pens.

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  8. Nize.

    0.5 Red and Black.

    I'd write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

    Thank you!

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  9. why, those look like some sweet pens, they do. and this is a really good review!

    i fancy the 0.7 in black and purple, and here is what i'd write:

    spiral out, keep going; spiral out, keep going.

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  10. I do love Pentels.

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  11. When I'm mobile, I prefer a click pen, like you. Capped pens are fine when I'm at my desk or a satellite office (like a desk at the law library), so these pens would either stay at my desk or travel only in a case.

    I'm afraid I have nothing exciting to write with them. Boring legal stuff. The curse of lawyering. All the more important, then, to have tools that one enjoys!

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  12. Scott2:21 PM

    Might be writing any of a number of different things. Probably notes at work.

    I'm a 0.5 guy - I like a thin crisp line, black and blue.

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  13. i would love these!

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  14. Liking the black and red in .5mm. Cool!

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  15. I want thoseeeeeee!!!!

    Any color, any size! I love'em all!

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  16. Heidi8:03 PM

    I personally prefer the Pentel Energel Deluxe, which is clicky and sexy in 0.7 black - my handwriting suits a broader line better. But the Deluxe is rare and hard to find, but I found a little stash in my uni campus newsagency.

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  17. I would love to get a hold of the .5 needle point pens. I use black and red pens for work making notes on program printouts.

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  18. I'd write YOU a letter with the .7 purple or green ones! :) But I'm not picky, I'd write to you in any colour!

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  19. P. Xadeixis10:49 PM

    I'd use these pens the way I use most of mine, working out science and math on graph paper. I recently got some new moleskine notebooks and I've been waiting to fill them up.

    I'd prefer green and blue .5mm, add some flavor to my notes.

    (Also my 18th birthday is on the 31st, going to university for Biochemistry)

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  20. I'm a sucker for both purple and green pens - I use both colors to journal. However, I'm intrigued by those .5mm needle points and I'd love to try any color in those. :D

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  21. I'm more of a 0.5mm person when it comes to Gel ink... Any colors are good for me :D

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  22. 'd love any color and any size...but if I MUST pick, I'd say black and red 0.5 needlepoints. I'd use them for my lists, lists, lists. How satisfying it is to write things down in black, then check them off in red.

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  23. Patrick12:40 PM

    Black and Blue 0.5mm would be great for taking notes in my Economics classes in the Fall!

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  24. Needlepoints --- blue and black would be perfect for me --- blue for work, black for my sketchbook!

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  25. What fantastic pens! It would definitely be the fine needlepoints in red and blue, all for the sake of the copious amounts of notes that I make during classes in med school.

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  26. oh nice! love needlepoints. Great review!

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  27. taking notes in summer classes! :D

    I would love the needlepoints, in blue or red. Teachers complain they cannot distinguish my handwriting from typed fonts when I write in black :(

    Thank you!

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  28. I wouldn't write anything with these; I'd draw with them! There's always joy in discovering how new writing instruments affect style--whether it be sketches, notes, or signatures.
    I'd prefer both in black.

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