Review: Pentel R.S.V.P Moonz Ballpoint Medium

Pentel R.S.V.P.This review is not going to be a happy maker for a lot of people, but I call 'em as I see 'em.  Always have, and always will.  The Pentel R.S.V.P. ballpoint pen line is one of the most popular around, but it is a pen I had never tried until seeing the cool looking "Moonz" barrel colors at JetPens.  The pen looks good, feels good, and writes incredibly smooth, but in the end, the ink performance was just too much to take.

I like the look of nice clean lines when I write, so that is the main reason I lean towards gel ink and liquid ink pens for everyday use.  I don't mind a good ballpoint, but it has to work perfectly for me to enjoy writing with it.  The ink from the Pentel R.S.V.P. does not work perfectly.  You can see from the written review that the ink clumps up at least once on nearly every line.  This leads to some uneven lettering and an overall messy look.  Not to mention the possibility of smearing the still damp ink.  I had already written off this pen, but when I went to write on the next page of my Doane Paper Idea Journal a couple of days later, I unfortunately discovered how badly the ink clumps bled through the page.  A ballpoint pen that bleeds through the page?  I had never seen such a thing, so I took a photo of that as well, which you can see below.  It's not as bad as if I were to take a Sharpie marker and hold it down on the page for a few seconds, but it is not behavior I expected, so it came as a big surprise.

I hate to bag on this pen so harshly, but under no circumstances will I ever be using this one again.

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Pentel R.S.V.P.

Posted on July 23, 2009 .