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Body Material: Neodymium, Nickel-coated, Silver- or 24K gold-plated
Trim: Steel, Black zinc-coated
Weight: 62 g
Price: $40.00USD each (or $70.00USD for both)
Where to buy: Polar Pen
Retail Stores: Vat 19, Hammacher, Uncommon Goods, Fnac, K-11, Log-on, Manor, Takasimaya, Amazon, and Nanodots.com
Packaging is pretty simple - inside a plastic packet is a little plastic shell, holding the pens. Nothing to complain about.
Underneath the magnet at the top of the pen (above the clip), is the back of the refill. The clip extends almost halfway down the pen. On the other side of the pen, right under the first black ring, is the stylus. Two magnets later is the cap for the pen. Once figured out, it's easy to remember (and it all makes sense).
PERFORMANCE & IN HAND
I have two refills - a Pilot G2 and a Pilot Hi-Tec-C. The refill is not the focus of the pen, although they do offer popular refills. The Uni-ball Signo UM-151 is also an option. I enjoy both refill options and they both work without issue. The retail version is a lot easier to uncap than the Kickstarter version - it's just the shape of the tip. It's a snug magnet but it slips off easily when you need to write.
The best part is playing with it. As in, spinning it. It's a good diameter for spinning between fingers. Of course, I can't spin properly. All I can do is flip it over my thumb...one way. You have to start somewhere though, right?
- Fun to take apart and play with - passes time when you're bored or feeling creative.
- Takes common, popular refills.
- Engineered to withstand repeated impact and resist corrosion.
- Narrow stylus tip - 5 mm width - allows for greater accuracy in writing (or drawing).
- Responsive and precise stylus.
- Silicone rubber tip inside the top magnet in the pen cap prevents the tip of the gel pen from drying out or leaking.
- Must be careful with using strong magnets around computers/hard drives.
- Magnets are a little hard to operate - when posted and then pulled apart again, the black end pieces detach from the magnets, sticking to each other.
- It's hard to separate the individual pieces of magnet to expose the stylus, which is something you want to be able to get to quickly.
- Must hold cap in hand, post it, or keep them far enough away from the pen or they'll be very attracted to each other!
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At $40.00USD, these pens are a lot of fun to take apart, play with, and put back together. The stylus is responsive and it's great if you're looking for a smaller stylus than what is typically available. You could use a Pilot G2, Hi-Tec-C, or Uni-ball Signo UM-151 gel refill. You could also just use it for pen spinning.
Warning: this product contains several small magnets and is NOT a toy for children. If swallowed, it can cause serious or fatal injury. If magnets are inhaled or swallowed, seek medical attention immediately.
I received this item free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion.