Friday, July 22, 2011

Paper Mate Profile Retractable Ballpoint

Saw a pack of Paper Mate Profile ballpoint pens at Target and was interested when I saw the 1.4mm broad tip. That's really wide, more so that I normally like, but I was interested and decided to give it a try.

The Profile actually is made in the profile of any number of great pens such as the Pilot G-2 and the Zebra Sarasa: curving clip, rubber grip, clear barrel. One tiny design difference is the plunger, which has a rounded, clear smokey tube over the actual hard plastic plunger that gives the top a curvier appearance in keeping with all the other curves on the pen.

This is one of the smoothest ballpoint pens I've written with, the specialty oil-based ink flows like a gel ink. I didn't notice any blobs of ink or smearing, but I've seen reviews online where that has been a complaint.

The 1.4mm broad tip makes for large, clear writing. The metal tip is much bigger than the ones I normally see on my gel ink pens, but even a few of my ballpoints are no where near this one. As an example, I wrote with some of my favorite pens to compare the line width. If you need a bigger line, the Paper Mate Profile is something you want to check out.