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Papermate PAP85581 FlexGrip Elite Retractable Ballpoint Pen, 1.0mm, Refillable, Blue Ink

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Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

  • Dec 8, 2008
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Pros: Writes evenly, smoothly, and hard to smear.

Cons: None

The Bottom Line: I would recommend this pen as it write smoothly and is efficient to use in the office.

I am very particular about the way a pen feels as well as how nice it writes whether I am at work or at home.  I like to experiment with different pens in order to find one that has a nice writing quality to it as well as feels comfortable.  At work I keep a very active to do list that is updated frequently resulting in a lot of hand writing at work.  At home, I am often doodling with a pen if I am sitting at home watching television.  One day I went to the store and purchased a white out product (I am afraid I don’t remember which one) and it included a free pen.  The free pen was a Papermate FlexGrip Elite Retractable Ballpoint Pen in Blue Ink.  I have a preference for gel roller pens but am always open to try a new one. 

I was immediately impressed with the quality of writing that I was able to achieve using the Papermate FlexGrip Elite Retractable Ballpoint Pen.  It not only goes on smoothly and evenly, but it has a very sharp and pronounced appearance on paper.  Since then I keep these as standard supplies at my home as well as the office as have found that these pens have been consistent and have never experienced any leaks.  I would describe the appearance of the ink as being similar to the result from a gel roller except you don’t have to worry about smearing it quite as much.  My work does not furnish these pens and I actually use my own money to keep me well stocked.  I paid approximately $10 for a package of eight pens and they have lasted me nearly a year and a half.  I still have two pens left in the package as well.   

One of the features of this pen is that is has anti-microbial technology that protects the pen’s surface from product-damaging bacteria lengthening the life of the pen.  The Papermate FlexGrip Elite Retractable Ballpoint Pen in Blue Ink has a soft grip that extends along the entire holding length of the pen giving it a comfortable fit without that “squishy” feeling.  The pen is nearly 6 inches long as is slightly wider than a standard pencil.  As this pen is of typical proportions, it fits into most pen holders and fits into the inside of a check book nicely.   The pen is also retractable which make access easy without having to keep track of a lid.   

The pen is also refillable as the internal ink holder can be replaced at any office supply store.  Personally, I have never purchased refills and am planning on buying another box once I am out.  I find this easier than trying to keep track of the empty pens as well as the refills.  I admit that it would be better for the environment as it creates less waste if I did use the refills.  I would anticipate that the refills are significantly cheaper than purchasing an entirely new pen.  The external casing of the pen matches the color of the ink which in this case is a royal blue.  The retractable button on the top of the pen and the clip holder are both gray.  

These pens are also available in black and red. 


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