Monday, 17 March 2014

Sharpie Stylo Grip 0.4mm Pen

Sharpie 0.4mm fine pen
I bought myself a set of 3 Sharpie 0.4mm fine pens. I was intrigued. The packaging said  "Fine 0.4mm" and at the bottom it said "Felt tip". It also said "perfect writing instrument for clean writing with vibrant colours". So I'm thinking, what on earth is this pen? Is it a fine tip or is it a felt tip? As a child I did alot of colouring in and I used felt tips. I've used hundreds of them, my son has used another hundred. I'm pretty sure I know what a felt tip is. Or do I? Am I completely losing the plot? Because this is what I saw when I took off the lids ....
Fine tip Sharpie Pens - definitely not felt tips
It's what I expect a fine tip pen to look like. So I'll pretend I never saw the words felt tip otherwise I'll not sleep for days due to extreme confusion.
Putting all that aside, I actually really love these pens. I don't know what it is about a fine tip pen that makes me want to write in a slow, gentle way. The thin lettering makes even my scruffy handwriting actually look rather nice. The nib does feel quite delicate to begin with. I was frightened to press too hard for fear of damaging it but I needn't have worried. After a week and a half of use, I was using them just like any other pen and they are still intact. And believe me, they have been used alot. I used nothing but these babies. I can't seem to put them down.
The soft and smooth rubber grip is comfortable to hold. They are so light weight I barely even notice I'm holding a pen at all. Considering I paid £3 for the set, I'm over the moon with them. And just in case I have any trouble seeing what colour they are, they've been colour coded three times. One strip round the barrel and one on each end which I can't help but think belongs on a Lego vehicle or something.
Lost a piece from your Lego model? Its on my sharpie.
The lids are very secure. It's like a little vacuum in there and when they do come off they make the most satisfying POP sound. Its awesome.
awesome pop lids

The ink colour was a little disappointing. Not because I didn't like it. Its nice. Its just that I was expecting "vibrant colours" and got wishy washy. The colours actually look darker in the photo than they do in natural daylight. Wishy washy isn't necessarily bad. The colours are still pleasing to the eye, just in a gentler way, rather than a vibrant way.
Pleasant colours
I very nearly snapped one of the pens trying to open it to look at the refill and failed. As far as I can tell, the pens do not open up and are not refillable which is a shame.
I'm pleased I have these pens. They are lovely to use and when the ink does run dry I'll probably have a little cry and then go out and buy a new set.

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