DISCLAIMER: I’m not a very monogamous pen user. I like to keep an open relationship with my pens so that I’m free to try new ones any time I want. For this reason, I don’t spend a lot of money on pens. I don’t use fountain pens or brush pens. I like pens I can buy at the largest ranges of office supplies so I know that I will get a wide range of products and variation, at stores just like, Staples or Target. If I’m at Target alone (sans children) I always detour by the pen aisle just to see if any of the pens I like are on sale, or if any branded pens look interesting. This habit keeps me quite apprised of the new pen releases, so I was pleasantly surprised to notice a “new” label at Target awhile ago on the PaperMate Injoy Gel 0.7 pens. Now, I don’t use Papermate typically, so I wasn’t really sure how “new” these were, but they caught my eye because of the “NEW!” label on the packaging AND the fact that the package came with tons of fun colors.
Long story, short? I’m addicted.
They write a lot like the Pentel Energel 0.7 pens which I had been using pretty monogamously prior to this purchase, but the grip is SO MUCH BETTER. I love the silicon/rubber type grip on the Papermate pen so much more than the Pentel. Also? The color packs are better. More colors, bigger packs.
From what my Papermate friends tell me, the Injoys have been around for awhile but the gel ink is the “New” development in this product. Maybe also the grip? That part seems to be debatable. Some have seen that grip in other versions, some haven’t. And honestly? I’m not dedicated enough to research it. I’m just a dog seeing a squirrel. “Pen! Pen? Pen! Pen?” I just love the feel of new pens, I love new colors, I love new packs. I’m not an expert or a professional, I’m basically that girl who needs a new handbag every season. Except that I need new pens. And right now? These are the ones I’m adoring.
They’re a little slow-to-dry, quick-to-smudge. They definitely ghost a tad, but all of my favorite pens do which might be part of why I don’t regularly use the backs of pages. They are just a hair fatter than most of my other 0.7 tips. But overall? Totally my favorite and I would love to buy the 20 pack if I didn’t already have most of the colors from buy the 15 pack earlier. I keep waiting for it to go on sale so I can justify it because, honestly? I need more pens like I need a hole in the head.
But pens are still cheaper than handbags, right?