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Top 10 Reviews of 2011


In what has become an annual tradition at The Pen Addict (see 2008, 2009, and 2010), here are the top 10 pen reviews of 2011. The rankings below consist of the top 10 pen review posts for the 2011 calendar year as determined by Google Analytics. This list isn’t my top 10 favorite pens, but rather a snapshot of what was popular over the last 12 months.

  1. Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.3 mm Blue

    This has become one of my new favorite every day writers. The 0.3 mm tip is super sharp although some would call it scratchy. That doesn’t faze me, but it is something to consider when shopping for pens.

  2. Uni-ball Signo 207 Micro Needle Tip

    Why this pen hasn’t become more common on store shelves I have no idea. I check my local Staples for it every single time I go and to this date I have NEVER seen this pen for sale. Office Max generally stocks them but I don’t have one nearby. Hello Amazon.

  3. County Comm Embassy Pen

    One of three pens with a permanent home in my backpack. I swapped out the 1.0 mm black Fisher Space Pen refill with the 0.7 mm blue and never looked back. I haven’t used many tactical pens, but this one is going to be hard to beat.

  4. Kaweco AL Sport Fountain Pen

    The one and only fountain pen I feel safe leaving the house with. The aluminum construction is strong and durable, and the threaded cap gives me peace of mind that the cap is going to stay put. One of my favorite pens ever.

  5. Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3 mm Grip Black

    Speaking of favorite pens ever, this is my go to daily writer. I love the clean, consistent, and quick drying lines. The rubber grip makes it more comfortable during long writing sessions.

  6. Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen Super Fine

    A brush pen for taking notes? I thought that was a ridiculous idea until I tried the Kuretake for that exact task. If you are looking for more style and uniqueness than with a traditional felt or plastic tip pen give it a try. You might be as surprised as I was.

  7. Uni-ball Jetstream 101

    Is it a sad state of affairs that this pen is the only one of the top ten found regularly on store shelves? I don’t think so, but it is something I am trying to change one review at a time. The smooth-writing Jetstream 101 is a workhorse office supply cabinet filler.

  8. Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Five Cartridge Barrel

    I am amazed at how popular the Coleto line still is. It helps that Pilot keeps pushing out so many new barrel designs each year, and each year they are better. The best customizable multi pen on the market.

  9. Pilot Delful Double Knock Double Knock Mechanical Pencil

    This was another big surprise for me. I generally stick to my Uni-ball Kuru Toga when a mechanical pencil is required, but the Pilot Delful was a pretty impressive tool. I still use it from time to time which says a lot considering the options within arms reach.

  10. Moleskine Classic Roller Pen

    Sometimes having no expectations lead to the best discoveries. I swore off Moleskine paper years ago, and the rectangular body design of the pen is admittedly odd. But guess what? This is a damn good pen.

Posted on December 28, 2011 and filed under Pen Reviews, Top 10.

Top 10 Pen Reviews of 2010

ChristmasEven bad can be good.

In what has become an annual tradition at The Pen Addict (see 2008 and 2009), here are the top 10 pen reviews of 2010.  The rankings below consist of the top 10 pen review posts for the 2010 calendar year as determined by Google Analytics.  This list isn't my top 10 favorite pens, but rather a snapshot of what was popular over the last 12 months.

1. Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm Blue Black
Color me shocked when I saw this, but it took me all of about five seconds to realize why.  This is the review linked on the right sidebar for my Top 5 Pens list.  Note to self - update the Top 5 Pens list.  Still an awesome pen.

2. Zebra M-701 Mechanical Pencil
This is much less of a surprise than number one.  This new release by Zebra was well received and much sought after.  Has everyone been able to find one by now?  If not, keep trying.  It is well worth tracking one down.  The design is top notch.

3. Nomadic CB-01 Wise-Walker Day Pack
Wait - that's not a pen!  I know, but this was one of my personal favorite reviews of the year, and this is where it ranked overall for 2010, so I decided to include it with the rest of the bunch.  My wife and I used this day pack all fall long for our daughters soccer practice and games.  It is the perfect size for all of the extras we needed to carry around.  Love it!

4. Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen - 0.5 mm
One of the best new pens of the year, the Zebra Surari was a great entrant into the ballpoint, but not really, category of pens.  I don't reach for it as often as my Jetstream, but it is a good pen nonetheless.

5. Fisher Space Pen X-Mark Bullet
The Fisher Space Pen had been on the short list for me to review ever since I started this blog, but it took me nearly three years to get around to it.  I shouldn't have waited so long.  The ink cartridge performs as advertised, and the X-Mark barrel is just rad.

6. Sharpie Liquid Pencil
This was probably one of the most hyped office product releases of the year, but performance trumped the hype and the Sharpie Liquid Pencil vanished from the lips of consumers very quickly.  This pencil is terrible, and there is no way to sugarcoat that fact, but I tried to find the positive and applauded Sharpie for continuing to innovate.

7. Sharpie Pen Grip
Now that's more like it Sharpie!  A nice update to an already great pen, and released soon enough after the weak Sharpie Pen RT to make people forget that dud.  I still rank the original Sharpie Pen as my favorite, but the Grip version is practically its equal.

8. Uni-Ball Fanthom Erasable Gel 0.5mm
The popularity of erasable gel ink pens continues to amaze me.  The Pilot FriXion is far and away the leader in that category, but Uni-Ball is trying to make a dent with the Fanthom.  It is a nice pen, but erasables just aren't for me.

9. Zebra Regal Roller NR5 0.5mm Needle Tip
Zebra kicked butt with the new pen designs this year, including the new Regal Roller line.  The only catch?  Good luck finding them.  They never really populated the shelves locally, and I had to wait until JetPens stocked some this fall to add more to my arsenal.  Like the M-701 above, this one would be worth hunting down.

10. Zebra F-301 Bold & H-301 Highlighter
I told you Zebra brought the goods this year, didn't I?  Four of my top ten most trafficked posts for the year is pretty impressive.  This was a dual post with the new wide tip F-301 and the stainless steel H-301 highlighter.  I'd pass on the ballpoint, but the highlighter is fantastic, and will definitely draw some looks.

Posted on December 28, 2010 and filed under Pen Reviews, Top 10.