Review: Schneider Tops 505 M Ballpoint

Schneider BallpointI was introduced to the Schneider brand by a few readers of this blog, and being the fortunate blogger that I am, I had a few of them sent my way as well.  This particular Schneider Tops 505 M was sent to me by my good pen friend Carmen, who bought this and several other pens I have reviewed in the past on a trip to Europe last year.  Sorry it has taken so long for me to post some of these Carmen!

Based on the previous Schneider pens I have reviewed, they make a good, consistent product.  The inks are nice, and they do a nice job with their barrel design.  This particular Tops 505 model appears to be on the lower end of their ballpoint spectrum, but it does an admirable job.  One thing I have noticed about Schneider pens is that all the ones I have tried have a longer barrel than normal.  I didn't take an exact measurement, nor did a photo comparison (genius - that's me!), but I bet this pen is at least an inch longer than a standard Bic ballpoint.  The Scheinder Sliders I have reviewed are in the same ballpark as well.

Like I mentioned in the written review, I imagine this pen is the mass produced workhorse of the Schneider line, filling up office supply cabinets, bank counters, and anywhere else you would find a disposable pen.  It is a bit of a scratchy writer, but the line is clean and the tip stays generally mess free.  You can't say that about every entry level ballpoint.

Click here for the XL review.

See also:
Review: Schneider Slider Medium Blue Ballpoint
Review: Schneider Gelion

Posted on June 16, 2010 .