OXO Good Grips™ Retractable Ballpoint Pen, Black 2/Pack
Last December Office Supply Geek wrote a fantastic review of OXO Good Grips™ Retractable Ballpoint Pen, sold exclusively at Staples. At the time, my local Staples was still not carrying the item, so I despite being fairly interested in the product I wasn’t able to get my hands on one immediately after reading OSG’s review.
Time, as it often does, got away from me and I kind of forgot about the pens I had so desperately wanted to snag and moved on to other things. Then something interesting happened: last Sunday I replaced the “secret weapon”/subject of my pen thief post who couldn’t make it to his twice monthly trivia brunch. Not only did my team finally beat those smug opponents, but my three teammates gave me the prize – a $100 gift card to Staples! So brace yourself for a host of reviews on products purchased with my winnings. When I first pulled the product out of the package its barrel design reminded me of Sharbo X, but exhale; I didn’t have my glasses on and this pen ain’t no dupe for the Sharbo X. This product is not a multipen! It is, however, a fairly decent ballpoint pen. I am not usually a fan of retractable pens and the OXO Good Grips™ Retractable Ballpoint Pen’s mechanism does nothing to make me a convert. Sports fans, I am not a delicate flower when it comes pens, with a long history of breaking numerous pens by getting a tad overzealous with the twisting mechanism. That said, there’s nothing particularly tricky about the twisting mechanism here and if you like that style of pen you’ll be pleased with its performance in this case. The barrel is all black, which I love, and seems to be a bit duplicitous material wise. The top portion of the pen is the hard plastic of many pens, but the bottom part is cushy goodness, which apparently Good Grips™ is known for. I don’t have a lot to say about the cushy goodness, except my hand felt wonderful using the pen, though I wondered how durable the cushy goodness will be if the pen makes it into heavy rotation. The ink is ballpoint and the pen is hackable/refillable. The pen writes fine and looks pretty nice in the hand, though I’ll be honest, I wasn’t entirely wowed over by its design. I had hoped for a thicker barrel to distinguish the pen from similar models that are much cheaper. While I scored mine for 50% off, even at $3.74, it still seems a bit pricey, it wasn’t exactly an instant favorite. Most likely, I’ll probably pass these onto my boyfriend who will probably think they’re pretty snazzy.
The Bottom Line:
- Nice sleek design
- steady ink flow
- comfortable grip provides great writing experience
- a bit pricey, normally $7.00
- barrel too thin for my tastes
- comes in black or blue ballpoint ink.