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[Pen/Pencil Review] Halloween Rerun…Again

Posted by reudaly on October 30, 2017 in Review, writing instruments |

Yeah, I know…sorry. With only two days until World Fantasy, things are being compressed. Blogs being one of them. So here’s a Halloween-Themed Review rerun. I don’t know what this week holds. Going to try to front load some stuff around the stuff that is already scheduled to get done. We’ll see if that works. It’s that kind of week – heading into that kind of month. Super Busy November starts a few days early.

So… here we go… I think this was from 2014

I love doing novelty pens near holidays. So much fun. This one is a novelty I picked up at Party City. It’s a long, plastic ballpoint pen wrapped into the shape of a bat. They came in black and purple with black ink. I kept the black one. I gave a purple one to my buddy, Meredith. Because (theme music NANANA) BAT PEN!!!!
This pen is long – it’s about 8.5″ long. It’s narrow – very narrow – but this isn’t meant for long-term writing use. It’s meant for a silly thing at Halloween. The point may be a 1.0mm but it feels finer than that. It COULD be a 0.7mm. The ink is smooth for a novelty. I’ve actually found myself using more than I thought. It does have a clear plastic cap that keeps trying to skitter away, so there is that.
For a weird, seasonal novelty, it does write surprisingly well – if you don’t mind the lack of balance and the thinness of the barrel. The bat is fun to try make “fly” (just be careful, the plastic tubing can crack at the pinch points. But it’s somewhere between $1-$2. It’s something that can be used, abused, and rebought for the next haunt season. The selling point is that it’s CUTE. Really cute.

Yeah, it took longer to get it written, and Adam West postponed.

Yeah, it took longer to get it written, and Adam West postponed.

The numbers:

1. How does it work?1 – It works like it’s supposed to. It’s a ballpoint pen that writes well, with dark, even ink.
2. Grip and feel0.5 – It’s a very narrow barrel, that’s also really long. It’s not comfortable for tight grips and the balance is non-existent.
3. Material1 – It is what it is, an inexpensive novelty pen in inexpensive plastic
4. Overall Design0.5 – I like it. It writes. It’s fun. The inexpensive plastic might break if you play with the bat too much, and the cap is easily lost.
5. Price Point1 – It’s not more than $2 at a party store. It’s economical for the fun factor.

That’s 4 of 5 bronze pencils.

Pencil 4.0

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