Category Archives: Pen Reviews

MATINAE PENS – Sharpie S-Gel, oh so smooth

Who hasn’t used a Sharpie? The pointed felt tip permanent marker has graced many a paper, posterboard and football (think T.O.). I have used the felt tips and even the Sharpie highlighters but never a gel pen from the brand, not until Amazon suggested it of course.

The S-Gel is built like a tank and is almost as impenetrable as one due to the little rubber piece on the tip when the pens are packaged.


Those bad boys were hard to remove and I basically had to write them off because prying off was so difficult. Look at the second pen from the right.

Once past the tip shenanigans the Sharpie S Gel performed well with the clickiest of clickers, and a juicy smooth line from the .7 mm medium point.

Since writing the sample on the left, many a journal page has been filled by the Sharpie S-Gel. They write smooth like butter every time.

So, if you are in the market for a new gel pen with a juicy line, the S-Gel should be a go-to choice. 🖊🖊🖊🖊

Photos: MsThorns

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MATINAE PENS – Come thru Pentel ***UPDATE***

UPDATE!!!!!

These pens ended up in the grab and go pen cup for my beloved to use. OMG the blobbiness of it all! I had to cut them loose. If you have these pens make sure you’re not writing on a public facing document or are anywhere near something that you can’t clean. These are now rated 🖊1/2 for emergency writing only.

I just refuse to let this ballpoint pen situation rest. I mean manufacturers are making them for a reason. I just haven’t seen compelling evidence for their sustainability in my stash until now, maybe. So let’s talk about the Pentel RSVP RT.

A medium ballpoint at 1.0 mm, the RSVP RT is another pen that the manufacturer claims gives a smooth, no skip experience.

The Pentel RSVP RT is a well constructed, almost beefy pen, with an indented rubber grip that feels great in the hand. The clicker (push button) is the clickiest and the in/out position is obvious.

The barrel is a clear thick plastic with the barrel colors reminiscent of Jell-O.

The question of course is, does the Pentel RSVP RT ballpoint live up to what the packaging says. The answer is for the most part, yes.

The Pentel RSVP RT is a smooth writing experience. It is not skip free, however the ballpoint rolls nicely on the page and the ink blobs are minimal. The feel is nice and the colors are truly representative of the barrel color. This pen is a keeper, that knocks one of its lesser competitors right out of my pen holder. 🖊🖊🖊🖊

If you use the Pentel RSVP RT, let me know your experience in the comments.

Photos: MsThorns

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MATINAE PENS – Pilot B2P is Bottled Up

I was looking for new pens but not exactly clear on what I wanted. Amazon, of course will do what it does to get a sista’s money and suggested this pen created from recycled bottles, the Pilot B2P retractable gel pen.

I was no doubt skeptical but for naught, as the pen was definitely serviceable.

The barrel, favoring a bottle of water, is translucent, brightly colored and fairly represents the ink color. The grip is nice, no slips.

The clicker is tight, no play in it so it should be able to withstand being pushed down for the life of the pen.

For a .7 mm medium point the B2P line is closer to fine than medium. So far, only the blue has given the dreaded ink blob. However, the gel ink renders brilliant color.

Overall the Pilot B2P is a great idea with fairly good execution, certainly good enough to grace the pages of my journals. The B2P is a solid 🖊🖊🖊1/2.

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MATINAE PENS – Pilot Acroball, this is it

I had to go there because it was highly rated in some review that was based on some reviews that were on that gigantic online retailer’s site. Where I went was to the Pilot Acroball 1.0 mm medium ballpoint pen.

The package said incredible smooth ✅, vivid ink colors ✅ striking good looks and an effortless writing experience? Let’s not get carried away.

The grip on this is outstanding. Made of textured, curved rubber it was comfortable on the achiest of arthritic hand days.

The clicker is the clickiest, i.e. the thrust mechanism seems solid and unlikely to fail for before the ink runs out.

Then pen is nice-looking with a colored gel like barrel that lets you see its parts

The question as always with the ballpoint pen is does it pass the blob test?

Blue on the far right should be an indication.

From here it looks nice. On further inspection…

This Pilot Acroball performs well in short bursts of writing like that above. For journal writing, the pen becomes more blobalicious, not so much so that I wouldn’t recommend it though. Rating 3.5🖊 of 5.

If you’re a Pilot Acroball user, let me know know your experience in the comments.

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MATINAE PENS – A Lightweight

I’m starting to feel a way about these ballpoint pens. The latest entry is the Zebra Z Grip Plus 1.0 ballpoint.

The clicker is nice, sturdy and doesn’t give indication that it will fail any time soon. The grip is really nice, a soft ridged-rubber with nice placement. One day, when not ashy, I’ll put a hand in there to demo.

This pen is a little light in the fanny for my taste. Big Mama likes a pen with a little heft to it. This felt fragile but appears to be a solidly built plastic barrel.

And the writing of it all???? It’s okay, the flow is fairly smooth but as noted in the photo, there are some skips. The ink blobs I guess are a thing with ballpoint 1.0s a fine tip may yield different results.

Overall the Z Grip is serviceable for jotting down notes and journal writing, not so much if the written product is to be distributed. Rating: 3 of 5

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MATINAE Pens – Count Blobula

My favorite pen right now is by BIC so I decided to stretch out and try one of their ballpoints. Let me introduce to you Count Blobula, the BIC Atlantis.

So close but yet so far because there are some positives. The colors are brilliant and bright. The grip is a soft rubber that fits nicely in the fingers and it is positioned very well. However the ink blobs when writing are an absolute no go.

Also the clicker/thrust mechanism is “soft.” When pushing down on the clicker it is so soft that I had to look to make sure the actual tip was out and ready to write. Maybe this was a bad pack, I’m not sure. I am sure that no more coins will be spent on the BIC Atlantis.

Rated NOPE!

Photos and bad sketch: MsThorns

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