Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Review: PaperMate InkJoy 100 Stick 1.0mm Ballpoint Pens

The PaperMate InkJoy 100 stick ballpoint pen is the third set of PaperMate InkJoys I have added to my arsenal. I was obviously attracted to the fun colors and I couldn't resist, despite having a set of 700RTs and 300RTs at home already.
PaperMate InkJoy 100 Close Up
PaperMate InkJoy 100
The pen barrel is loosely triangular which could be comfortable for some people to hold, and may drive others nuts. The barrel is translucent and has a solid colored cap that matches both the barrel and ink. There is no grip or anything. There are several "errors" and mis-moulded pieces on a few of the barrels - they are white bits and look unfinished. However, they were so cheap, I don't really expect them to be perfect. Just making note.

First, one thing that really drives me nuts about these pens is that when capping the pen, you have to push really hard to get it to cap all the way. It's a very snug cap, which is great, except for when you're trying to line them up all nice and uniform for a picture and you realize some pens are longer than others because the caps aren't equally seated. Not a huge deal, right? No. But I like uniformity because it keeps things looking nice in the pen world.
PaperMate InkJoy 100 Close Up
Second - the barrel is translucent but the refill cartridge is white. So you still can't see the ink level. I love being able to see the ink levels in my pens, so this disappoints me.
PaperMate InkJoy 100 Scribbles
Third - the colors aren't quite what I was expecting. Actually, I sort of bought this pack because I wanted the mocha and the lime green colors, which do not come in any other pack. Unfortunately, the lime green is like a dull green, and the mocha is hardly mocha at all. How disappointing.
PaperMate InkJoy 100 Writing Sample
Nevertheless, I intent to use these pens for doodling and other such things. As I mentioned with other blobby pens, the blobs are great for providing ink coverage quickly. Don't forget - blobs mean major smears and smudges. As a result, writing can be a bit tedious because you have to be careful, so don't count on an amazing writing experience from these pens.
PaperMate InkJoy 100 Blob
On the bright side, the ink smells delicious. I love solventy ink.

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Don't buy these expecting a great pen. They've got some color, they're cheap, and they write. That's about it. Unless you really like blobby pens, I'd pass on these.


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