Saturday, November 3, 2012

OfficeMax Review & Giveaway: TUL Pen Collection

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TUL was launched by OfficeMax in 2006. It is the store's own brand of writing instruments and desk accessories. There is a selection of premium pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, and desk accessories, including staplers, scissors, and tape dispensers. TUL pens and other TUL brand products are available at OfficeMax stores nationwide and at
Oh hello.
Clever name it is - TUL = tool?! With this motto for TUL, it's easy to see why you should try out these pens to find which one fits you best. Each unique. Each designed to deliver a superior writing experience. I actually had no idea TUL was OfficeMax's store brand. So at first, I was like, well, these are good-looking pens, but they probably won't be that great (like many store brands...). ... I was wrong!
I have undressed you.
TUL Retractable Gel Pen
TUL Gel Pen
I'm a big fan of this pen. I love the ink's color and boldness, and how smoothly the pen writes. But my favorite part would have to be the extended grip on the barrel.The ink doesn't blob and dries super fast, so it's pretty safe for lefties. It's a solid pen and well built. The clip is plain and effective.
Available in medium, fine, and needlepoint.
TUL Gel Pen

TUL Rollerball
TUL Rollerball Pen
The rollerball has a cool, torpedo-like design, plus a cap. I was surprised by how fast the ink dried! No smearing whatsoever here, which is often a problem with rollerballs. And despite the quick-drying ink, the ink flows smoothly and consistently.The grip is quite comfortable and offers a rubbery texture for grip.
TUL Rollerball Pen
Available in medium and fine point.
TUL Rollerball Pen
TUL Ballpoint Pen
I know, I know. Ballpoints don't make your heart race anymore. This one might change your mind - a good-looking, well-designed ballpoint pen is not hard to find, but one that is both of these things, as well as comfortable to hold and doesn't blob ink and smear all over the place is hard to find. In swoops the TUL retractable ballpoint! You'll be pleasantly surprised.

Available in medium and fine point.
TUL Ballpoint Pen

TUL Marker Pen
TUL Marker Pen 
The marker pen is pretty awesome. The pen design is great and functional - it's a little bit boxy and has some rubbery grip - great weight and balance. The fiber tip is sturdy and writes a sharp, precise, and smooth line. The ink doesn't feather or bleed through paper, and it is water resistant and dries very quickly.
TUL Marker Pen
Available in medium and fine point.
TUL Marker Pen

Suggested retail prices range from $1.99 (single pens) to $20.99 (12-pack)

Retractable Gel Pen 
Rollerball Pen
Retractable Ballpoint Pen
Marker Pen

I was pleasantly surprised by the TUL line of pens from OfficeMax. If you are skeptical about store brand pens, let TUL put your worries about OfficeMax's premium pens to rest. A great line of products without the painful premium prices. Check out another great review at From The Pen Cup!
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Easy peasy to enter. This giveaway is for US residents only. OfficeMax will be included in all communications with the winner, and OfficeMax will ship the prize directly to the winner. 

Note: For the option to tweet about the giveaway, you must tweet the message I provided! This includes a mention of @GourmetPens and @OfficeMax on Twitter.
TUL Pile
Disclaimer: I received the TUL products mentioned in this post from OfficeMax in order to facilitate my review. The items featured in this giveaway are also provided by OfficeMax and will be sent to the winner directly. Opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. I have not been compensated for this post in any other way. 


mjcong said...

i <3 them all.. non discriminating

mjcong said...

btw u have 2 giveaway boxes here.. on purpose?

Azizah Asgarali said...

Blast. Thanks for letting me know, should be fixed now

Karen Y. said...

I've always wanted to try this since I've heard good things about them in other blogs.
I don't have a Office Max close to where I live, so I haven't had to chance to take a look.
They look pretty attractive for a store brand.

Ashli said...

I haven't loved a ballpoint pen in years. I can go either way on gel, rollerball, and felt tip pens. I think one of the most important things is that the ink is bold, dark, and doesn't glop/streak/skip/smear.

Elis B. said...

I like ballpoint.

Domestic Diva said...

I like gel pens.

Jennifer Hall said...

I am a fan of gel pens at the moment.

millicent said...

Gels and rollerballs are usually the smoothest for me. It is too bad that OfficeMax has been disappearing from the landscape here . . .

Mary Collis said...

Thanks for the mention! Wonderful review. I've never been this impressed with a "work horse" store brand. May very well order a dozen.

Sandra Strait said...

I can't really say that I have a favorite, though I use marker pens the most. It always depends on the paper I'm using and the look I want to achieve! Thank you for the great giveaway!

Pensive said...

Wish there was an Office Max nearby!

Pensive said...

I prefer gel pens for the darker line, but prefer a micropoint one.

Heidi Lynn said...

I love TUL - the only thing I find is the gel tend to go dry rather quickly.

Miss Jackson said...

TUL pens look amazing! Rollerball and Gel pens are my favorite.

Wehaf said...

I actually like fountain pens best, but after that, rollerballs.

Tori Coke said...

I love TUL pens!

Sunny Kim said...

Gel pens are my favorite because the ink comes out so smoothly and generously! :)

lessherger said...

pretty good looking.

Kwiggs66 said...

I want to know when they are going to come out with gift sets. Stainless steel, chrome, painted barrels etc. I love these pens, but I really like fancier pen barrels. Heard anything about the chances of those coming out? Great review by the way!!! Love the way you did it!

Azizah Asgarali said...

Good question, but now that OfficeMax and OfficeDepot are merging, I haven't a clue what the fate of these OfficeMax pens are - I hadn't heard of any new products to the line as of before the merger...!

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