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Caran d"Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen

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I have had a Caran d"Ache 849 Ballpoint pen for over a year and it has never let me down. The hexagonal shape, the unique click forwarding device, the finely engineered push button mechanism and its compact, but not too small, pen size makes this one of my favorite pens that is always ready to go. In fact, I liked it so much that when my nephew started college I gave him one as a gift. I enjoy color options with my ink refills. Monterverde Parker Style gel refills fit snuggly in this pen. This allows me some of my...

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My Top 10 Favorites

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At Pen Boutique I have seen it all when it comes to pen. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly, and while it is easy to pick out the rotten of the lot, it is never easy to pick out a favorite. Well, the list of good pens does run longer than the list of bad. But even if it were otherwise, the task of picking out the top 10 favorite pens would have been tough. At least it is for me, because I have always felt that my decision would hurt “the feelings” (of course, I...

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Retro51 Tornado - Love, Peace and Happiness Review

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Retro51 Tornado Love, Peace and Happiness Rollerball Pen The Tornado line has been and still is Retro51’s bread and butter. Offered in many different colors and designs, it is a workhorse pen that blends comfort and reliability. Each Tornado pen arrives with a capless rollerball, extended by twisting the rear knurled grip, which provides a smooth writing experience. The body of the pen is brass and is generally covered in lacquer or a design, after which a layer of protective clear lacquer is applied. The body tapers from back to front, with a clip protruding from beneath the branded ring...

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Parker Duofold Lapis Lazuli Ballpoint Pen

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The definition for Lapis - "deep blue, semi-precious stone that has been prized since antiquity for its intense color."Gladly, Parker has brought the Lapis rich color back in their line-up with their newest run of the classic Duofold pens. The Duofold pen was first introduced in 1921 with the deep blue color following in 1927. Other popular colors of the time has been brought back. The ivory (originally called Ivorine) and the most popular historic Big Red (more of a scarlet tanger or "Chinese" red) are now available.I find the ballpoints in this series the most distinctive. Unlike most most...

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Mechanical Pencils and How to Refill Them

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It’s an arguable truth that mechanical pencils are the most convenient and all-purpose instruments ever created. They are a class all unto their own, and are so ingenuously effective and magnificent that their inherent marvels are on par with that of a lamp – even more so, many would argue. Mechanical pencils, alternatively known as propelling pencils in the UK, typically have the body and feel of pens. Instead of ink, however, they tote replaceable graphite cores, alternatively known as lead or lead sticks. These sticks are not bonded to the device itself, and are designed to be used until...

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