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Pentel Libretto Pen Sets For Cyber Monday And Beyond

11/25/2012

Sometimes even an inkophile has to look at other options and Pentel gave me just that opportunity with an offer to review the Libretto pen and pencil set.

Pentel Libretto Pen Set

Pentel Libretto Pen Set

The new Libretto features a sleek metal barrel accented with elegant silver trim. The sets are available in Black, Crème or Silver barrels and include a 0.7mm roller gel pen (black ink) and a 0.5 mm pencil preloaded with five (5) Super Hi-Polymer™ leads. The pen is refillable with any color KFR7 ink refill from Pentel.

Pentel Libretto Written Sample

Pentel Libretto Written Sample

Both instruments are easy to carry and work perfectly right out of the box. The sample was written on Rhodia paper without a warm up and shows none of the globs of ink that some gel pens deposit. The pen definitely works best on very smooth paper and needs a little time to fully dry. It didn’t smear with normal writing but could more readily with a thick application. In fact, the longer I used it the better it wrote. The Super Hi-Polymer™ lead is very smooth and works nicely for writing as well as layered drawing. Both the pen and the mechanical pencil are well-balanced. Stainless pens are often too heavy for me but this set is not.

If you hesitate to loan a fountain pen to someone who might be too rough with it, tuck this set in your handbag or brief case for a sturdy substitute. I love my fountain pens, but the Libretto would be an easy choice for air travel. Need a gift for a teacher or co-worker? The Libretto will impress with its sleek, professional style and silver-toned trim. I am partial to white paired with silver and find the Crème version especially attractive. Of course, the black and silver models have universal appeal so you can’t go wrong with any of them.

These sets will be available on Pentel.com just in time for Cyber Monday, see here: http://www.pentel.com/store/libretto-pen-pencil-set!

Tessa did a quick sketch to test the rollerball on Clairefontaine GraF it Sketch 90g.

Pentel Libretto Gel Pen Sketch by Tessa Maurer

Pentel Libretto Gel Pen Sketch
by Tessa Maurer

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‘Tis The Season To Simplify

12/06/2011

Ready or not ’tis the season when multitasking heads into high gear. How can you fit fountain pens into such busy days?

Simplify!

If you have a number of pens, it is all too easy to fill more than you can use. Tame that urge when pens might remain idle for many days in a row. Fill two or three from your core rotation and add a few extras for color and nib variety. That should be enough inky joy for the bustle of the season. Well, at least I hope so since that’s exactly what I’m going to do when I finish the ink and paper tests on my desk.

No time for your pens?

Unlike most hobbies and interests, fountain pens are tools that fit into everyday life so take advantage of it. Any ink will do for lists and notes and your pens will appreciate the exercise.

J. Herbin 1670 Ink Sample  The bar shows the range of shades in the written sample.

J. Herbin 1670 Ink Sample. The bar shows the range of shades in the written sample.

If you don’t have time for doodles and drawings or long missives, make even mundane writing count with seasonal or holiday colored inks. A grocery list written in vivid red or pine tree green is so much more festive than one done in basic black.

Have a leftover silver gel pen from your pre-fountain pen days? Anyone can draw stars. Add a few silvery ones to that massive “To Do” list. Sparkle and shine are good this time of year.

Uni-ball Noble Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set from Jet Pens

Uni-ball Noble Metallic Gel Ink Pen Set from Jet Pens

Make it fun!

Whatever you do with your pens, make it fun. Cut up a sheet of quality paper or stationery and use your holiday colors to leave your family silly notes or reminders to yourself. Gift tags can be made the same way and it’s a great way to show you really thought about the recipient.

Make it personal.

A brief note, letter or card could be tucked into any gift but can be especially thoughtful in a book. Card stock works well for a personalized bookmark. Write something you might never say otherwise.

No card stock on hand? You can fold fine stationery over several times or accordion style to keep your words hidden except to the person intended. Want to make it even more unique? Punch a hole at the top and thread ribbon or soft string through with a few beads laced onto the ends.  Metal bits and bobs have the added charm of making soft, clinking sounds as they tap against each other. You’ve probably seen similar bookmarks at a bookstore or card shop, but a personalized one is so much better.

1930's Waterman's '301' Fountain Pen

1930's Waterman's '301' Fountain Pen

What’s next?

Now that you’ve survived December, it’s on to January. After the bare bones rotation of the holidays, go for a color explosion to counter the gray and stormy background of mid-winter. Anyone up for summery turquoise, shocking pink, or brilliant orange? What a perfect inky way to start the New Year right.

Retro 51 Scriptmaster 2 Clementine

Retro 51 Scriptmaster 2 Clementine

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