[UPDATE: Please note that the giveaway is now over.]
The nice folks at OfficeMax sent me a set of their new series of pens called TŪL. I don’t use many lower-end disposable pens, and for whatever reason when I do I stick to much older offerings like the BIC crystal stic or the Pilot G2. But when someone offers to send pens, well, it’s hard to say no! So, to be clear, I received the pens I tested for free.
I started with the gel pen and I think it’s my favorite. It was the only blue pen in the set, and it’s a nice color blue. There’s a hint of red in it, but it’s not the raging purple that some companies (looking at you, Schmidt!) pass of as blue. The grip is a simple rubberized cylinder, which I like. It’s rubber in texture, but not squishy. There is little to no cartridge rattle, which is nice. I can’t stand writing with a pen that clicks every time I touch it to paper and this pen is nearly silent.
The clip is a simple spring, with reasonable clearance, but low reveal – if you put this pen in a tight sleeve it may be a challenge to get it out.
The ball point is just about identical. Inexplicably, the grip is shorter, but still more than long enough. It’s the same simple yet functional grip as on the gel pen. The cartridge is smooth and nice to write with. It’s as good a ballpoint as I’ve written with and very close to the ink density of an Easyflow 9000.
While the two pens are very similar, it’s easy enough to tell them apart. The ballpoint has a dimple in the middle of the pushbutton, and the gel button is plain.
I’m not much of a roller ball or marker pen fan, but they both seem competent. Both have caps, and the grips are very similar to the gel and ballpoint, with the addition of a pattern of dimples which are aesthetic only for me. I couldn’t feel them.
The design of pen line is pleasant and functional. It’s clearly more fancy than a typical disposable pen and meant to stand in for an expensive, refillable pen. They are comfortable to hold and write with. The only substantial flaws I see are that the ink level is not visible on the gel pen, and there is no blue fine point gel pen. If you visit www.tul.com you can see the entire range of products. The older GL1 gel pens come in all colors in fine point, but the new GL3 line offers only black.
OfficeMax have generously offered a free set to give away. At midnight on Saturday, December 1, I will choose a random commenter on this post as the winner.