10/12/2011 | Product Reviews


A Long Journey: EnerGel Goes The Distance

This review was written by Matt Kaspar, a Pentel PEN-fessional. Matt received no monetary compensation for this review.

The Eagles said it – “Who will go the distance, we’ll find out, in the long run.” It has been a long run for these Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Pens I have been testing over the past year as part of the PEN-fessional project. Actually the testing has been over for some time and the fact that I reach for these pens every day at work signals a high passing grade.

My preference is for non-retractable pens – the EnerGels pictured are still what I want to use. Fluid, easy delivery of ink with a light touch, bold colors, quick drying so not to smear, even for me a left-hander! In the past I’ve had problems with other brands liquid ink pens clogging after writing on rough paper, or tape, or some other surface that wasn’t clean paper, and none of the Pentel EnerGel Pens have clogged – and that includes the 0.5mm Needle Point. I use these pens quite a bit each day and I haven’t noticed any of them running out of ink yet, and no sputtering either – the pens haven’t gasped for ink yet, or shown other telltale signs that they are running empty.

Also in the picture is a purple Pentel Twist Erase Click 0.5mm mechanical pencil. This is probably the one item I thought would break first: probably because of the clear plastic barrel or the side button to advance the lead – I have used a Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil for years to compare it with – and yet the Click is going the distance. I can’t make it fail. I gave away the other two that were sent to me to co-workers and I see those pencils in use.

Some of the coloring on the side of the pens has worn off from use, but actually that is not so bad because I can see the quantity of ink remaining in the pen a little better. There will come a day when those wells run dry, but it’s been a long day coming.

It’s easy to fall in love with cool pens right out of the package, but these Pentel EnerGel Liquid Gel Pens are also hard workers, and ready to go the distance!

–Matt PEN-fessional from Austin, TX


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