Platinum Pro-Use II grade indicator

Platinum Pro-Use II MSD-1500 Mechanical Pencil Review

The Pro-Use II has an unusual design. Most mechanical pencils are slender. This one is of more cuddly proportions. How does it shape up? I was able to get this pen at a discount thanks to Cult Pens’ support of the site. These are my own honest opinions. Price: $25[…]

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Tombow 8900 review

Tombow 8900 Pencil Review

Tombow make great pencils for both writing and drawing. The 8900 is Tombow’s cheaper pencil for “General Writing”. Price: $0.80 Lead grade options: 2H, H, HB, B, 2B Barrel colours: green Barrel shape: hexagonal Eraser?: no The 8900 is a good looking pencil. It’s simple, with an unfinished end, but[…]

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Paper Mate Flair in a mug

Paper Mate Flair Pen Review

The Paper Mate Flair has been around since 1966 and you can see that in its design. It’s got that classic 60s feel to it: no bad thing at all. Price: £1 (UK) $1.70 (USA) Tip size options: it’s called the M but the tip is actually quite broad. There[…]

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Zebra Delguard Mechanical Pencil Review

I bought my Zebra Delguard pencil after reading a fantastic review on Bleistift. It looked so fascinating I had to try it out for myself. Price: £4.30 (UK, from Japan via Amazon), $7.50 (USA) Lead size options: 0.5mm Barrel options: white, blue, light blue, black, green, pink Size: 13.7cm long,[…]

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Standing the Test of Time (2)

I’ve been writing here at Pens! Paper! Pencils! for almost three years now and in that time I’ve reviewed 130 inks, 61 pencils (wooden and mechanical), 116 pens and 47 other items (notebooks, cases, etc). As I did around this time last year, I thought it would be interesting to[…]

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