Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: Shoplet Featuring Schneider Pens

I've never heard of Schneider Pens but apparently they are a pen company in Germany! Stride, Inc. is the manufacturer of 15% of their writing products but I got these pens courtesy of Shoplet. I had the option to try these pens and I thought I'd give it a try!

The products:

Here's my samples of the pens on my EcoSystem journal. They all write well, as expected from a typical ballpoint pen but I needed to write a line or two to make the pens start up. Not sure if it is because they are brand new and needed a little priming but I did set one aside for a bit and had to do the same to get it to start writing again. Not a huge issue but don't expect to start writing with the ballpoints on the first stroke.

Let's talk about overall appearances. I really like the rubberized exterior. It's firm but gives a little in the grip. It adds more friction for us people who have naturally moist hands. I tend to wash my hands often so I had no problems with pen slippage as I wrote. 

Can't comment much on the clips as I don't clip my pens but they were pretty springy and strong so I don't think they'd break off easily if you clip your pens. They are better than BIC in that case.

The Slider Edge 1.0mm Ballpoint Pen is triangular, it's an odd shape but if you're used to writing with a Lamy Safari grip then you'll be fine. I didn't mind that type of grip. I did notice that just looking at it and imagining it was a round grip instead of triangular, reminds me of a Stabilo pen. 

The Slider XB ViscoGlide Ballpoint Pen design reminds me of a Pentel RSVP. For some reason the pen's cap seems tighter than the other pens and requires more force to pull off and put on the cap. Not a huge issue since I think it might loosen during use but I wouldn't want to open this with someone next to me. lol

Now, I'm not a huge ballpoint pen expert. I like my BIC pens just fine and maybe it's a personal preference but I still prefer those in terms of writing experience. I felt indifferent about my writing experience with:
They all felt very similar to me as I wrote, on par to a BIC but BIC cost less. I'm not sure how to discern a high quality writing experience with a ballpoint. I might be missing the "wow" factor about these pens because I'm not as familiar with writing with a quality ballpoint. Maybe these pens weren't quite for me.

All these pens require some pressure to write, I'm not sure they would write as well as a gel pen as one of them states. I do have to mention that they are smooth and consistent and do not blob like BIC. So I guess if that is a big issue and you don't like blobbing or skipping from BIC, then you won't get that with these pens in my experience so far.

The Schneider Xpress .8mm Porous Point Pen is probably my favorite pen of this batch. I liked the felt tip and the bold consistent lines it lays down as I write. Although you'll have to watch out for shadowing for thinner papers. I had minor shadowing on my notebook which you can see in the picture below. The only concern I'd have is how well the felt tip would last during long term use.

Out of the ballpoints, the Slider Memo XB ViscoGlide Ballpoint Pen and Slider Memo XB are my favorites. I felt that these wrote smoother than the black ballpoints. I'm not sure why that is. I did notice that as I wrote for my own personal writing. I do like that the colors of the pens to match the ink inside. The light blue is different from the typical black exterior but may not be as aesthetically pleasing to others. I don't mind it, it's just something different. 

All these pens have waterproof ink which is fantastic because like I said, I sometimes smudge my wet hands on the paper as I write. The ink does take some time to dry, so I'd say give it a few seconds to dry. Not sure if I'd recommend these pens for lefties.

Overall, I think these are solid writing pens. They are great to try out if you're interested in expanding your writing experiences. I'm grateful to be able to have the opportunity to try these pens out. I'll have to try them out some more just to be sure that I'm not missing something but so far these are my thoughts.

Have you guys tried these pens before? What did you think of them?

**Disclaimer: These products were provided by Shoplet and in return for this review I was able to keep the product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was paid. All Promotional ProductsMedical SuppliesOffice Supplies, and/or Office Stationary are courtesy of Shoplet.

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