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pen_one.jpg“A sensor, positioned in a pen grip, captures a fingerprint in less than a second confirming identity in real time, with certainty, while simultaneously capturing the written signature.” This is stupid. If you have my fingerprint, then why do you still need my signature? And why bundle pen with fingerprinting? It’s like the pens that has a clock on them.

Anyway, if I own the Pen-One company, I’ll make the pens really cheap (maybe even lose money) and make sure the refills are proprietory and crazy expensive. (Kinda like how they make money w/ xbox360 and ps3).


swiss_jewel_aroma_green.jpg I find this idea about the pen with a vial for inhaling the oil disturbing. Isn’t it enough for us to tolerate the perfume from some members of the office who thinks that’s a good way to announce their presence from the other side of the floor? Now we have to deal with people in the cubicle next to yours sniffing pens. (Btw, these pens will get confiscated at the airport.)

Ignoring the scent-related qualities, the pen’s barrel colors combined with the marbling texture looks a bit cheesy. (Solid matte color would be so much better.) The green one shown here is probably the best looking one. Their magenta, red, hot pink looks disgusting. The grip seems non-existent. It is probably heavy. So it’s ready to slip out of your hand and into your cube neighbor’s eyes. The case is the only cool looking feature. But this is created out of necessity instead of design. Think, without the case, you will lose this pen very very quickly.

(Since I don’t actually own nor have access to this pen (and don’t want to spend 30lbs), I can’t give it any more than a purely speculative review. If someone want to lend me one for review, let me know 🙂 I promise to send it back after I’m done.)

Nice article. I’ve been constantly annoyed by the people with ugly (if not illegible handwriting) and who treat their pens like crap. I missed the days when good penmanship is appreciated.

rotring_tikkysc.jpg Rotring was known for their technical pencils. But they also made some great looking, sturdy, multi-function pens that I really like.

I was just looking around for the next interesting pen to review and realized I can’t find the website of Rotring. If you go to the current official site, all you see is the parent company Newell Rubbermaid’s name and logo 😦 The only place you can find the reminder of the former company in English is off their German site. According to wiki, Rotring stopped shipping their product to US in 2005. I started looking for rotring in the typical US office/art supply stores: staples, officemax, pearlpaint, etc. It’s true. Rotring no more …

Of course, you can still order them online from other country’s merchant sites. Hack, you can get it via amazon or ebay too. But before I spend that much money, I really need to hold the pen in my hand, test the weight, balance, and ink flow, which can only be done in person 😦

rotring_initial.jpg Take the Rotring Initial for example. The pen looks really cool, but I’m not sure whether the grip would work for me from just the photograph.

I guess that will be on the top of my shopping list if I ever leave the country.