Review: Pilot Envelope Address Writing Gel Ink Pen

Pilot Envelope Pen

Who knew that you needed a specific pen just for addressing envelopes?  I sure didn't, but when I saw them flying off the virtual shelves at JetPens (all models are currently sold out at the moment), I figured I would jump in and see what the fuss is all about.

The gist of this pen is that the oil based ink creates very dark lines that dry quickly, and that certainly bears out on the envelope I tested on.  While I think it is made for more serious products that your standard letter envelope - I'm thinking heavier duty packages and small boxes - it worked just fine and didn't bleed like an ultra-fine Sharpie would on plain paper.  I can see this pen sitting on the shipping desk at your office without a doubt.

The barrel design not only looks cool, but is very fun to use.  It is sort of like a blown up Pilot Precise V5 with the shape of the barrel and the needle tip.  I wouldn't mind if Pilot borrowed this design for other pens as well.  At just $1.80/each, I have added the fine point to my own personal shipping station, and will probably try the extra fine and broad once they are back in stock.

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Posted on January 13, 2010 .