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.
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.
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.