Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pentel EnerGel 0.5 and 0.7: A Review

The good folks over at Pentel must have read my post mentioning how my family absconded with my Whatever blog giveaway winnings and took pity on me. They sent me a second batch. When I found them in the mailbox I checked that no one was watching, then stuffed the package in my purse before going into the house. Behind my closed bedroom door, I opened it. A squeal of delight betrayed my booty. A quick snarl of “keep your paws off this batch or you’ll be doing your own laundry for a month” kept them at bay.

My reviews of these pens, markers, highlighter and automatic (mechanical) pencils will be based on no scientific analysis whatsoever. I’ll call ‘em like I see ‘em. All written reviews are done on Rhodia paper, cropped and somewhat enhanced for clarity. (I think my scanner is starting to hit the old dusty trail of no return.) Also, please note, while the writing samples are scanned, the pen images are pirated from Pentel’s website because my daughter cannot find her camera charger. **sigh**

First up, Pentel’s EnerGel pens. I scrounged up the original pen and lined it up with the newest arrival. From Pentel’s website:
EnerGel 0.7: Sleek and stylish barrel design for the ultimate writing experience. 0.7mm metal tip produces smooth, medium lines. Part of the Pentel Recycology line of products and made with 54% recycled material. Capped Barrel. Nonrefillable.

EnerGel 0.5: Sleek and stylish barrel design for the ultimate writing experience. 0.5mm needle tip produces smooth, fine lines. Part of the Pentel Recycology line of products and made with 54% recycled material. Capped barrel. Nonrefillable.

Both pens are solid and retro-futuristic in design. They remind me of the old Jetsons cartoon. They both write smoothly and effortlessly and feel comfortable in my hand. Both are made of 54% recycled material but since they are nonrefillable I probably won’t buy them on my own.

The black ink is nicely dark and the red isn’t too glaringly red but I’d only use it when making notes on articles and reports that I read. I tested the red 0.7 for smearing but neglected to test the 0.5. Smearing doesn’t matter much to me unless it takes longer than 10 or 15 seconds to dry. As long as I’m aware that it smears I can work around that.

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being “meh” and 5 being “awesome”, I’d have to give the EnerGels a 3. Points for being easy to write with and points away for being nonrefillable.