Review: Pentel R.S.V.P. RT

Pentel RSVPI had a very bad experience with the Pentel R.S.V.P. Moonz ballpoint that I reviewed a month or so ago.  The ink had a problem clumping up, and in those areas where it did, it bled through to the back of the page.  I was taken back by that last bit, and Pentel of America responded directly to me to discuss it.

To the best of their knowledge, they believe that it performed in that way due to it being an older model pen.  So, in wanting to show me the way a Pentel R.S.V.P. is really supposed to write, they sent me a handful of the new retractable model along with several dozen of their other pens and pencils.  This was the first pen I wanted to test out from the entire package, mainly to see if my opinion has changed on the R.S.V.P. line, and I must say that it has.

This medium blue RT model exhibits none of the traits that the Moonz model did as far as the clumping and bleeding through the page go.  In fact, it is one of the better standard ballpoints that I have tested out.  The lines are clean, and the pen writes very smooth, which is the forte of the R.S.V.P. line.  I can only come up with one issue and that is I wish that the blue ink color was a bit dark.  Maybe it is just because I am not a heavy ballpoint user that I feel the shade of blue is a little light, but I found myself pressing hard sometimes in a failed attempt to make the line darker.  Like that was really going to help.

Straightforward is a good way to categorize this pen - what you see is what you get.  A nice writing instrument at a nice price.  Thanks to Pentel for sending a few of these my way.

Click here for the XL review.

Posted on August 31, 2009 .