Amazon.com : PILOT Dr. Grip 4+1 Multi-Function Refillable & Retractable Ballpoint Pen + Pencil, Fine Point, Black Barrel, Black/Red/Blue/Green Inks, Single Pen (36220) : Office Products
Based on a common need for a more comfortable writing instrument, Pilot set out to give people the writing solution they were looking for. In 1995, Pilot launched Dr. Grip, a pen and mechanical pencil collection designed to provide superior writing comfort and be the solution to that demand. By 1996, the entire Dr. Grip line earned the Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation. More recently in 2012, a three-month study conducted by the Georgia Tech Research Institute found Dr. Grip Center of Gravity (COG) surpassed key competitors in overall comfort ratings for users both with and without arthritis. In the study, Dr. Grip COG was proven to be almost 2X more comfortable than key competitor brands*.
Dr. Grip’s classic line has been enhanced over the years with the introduction of a wide variety of barrel colors and styles. The collection includes both fashion-forward and professional styles for a variety of writing needs and occasions. Dr. Grip is available in barrel colors that range from fun neon colors, to sophisticated metallic hues, to professional blue, black, and silver. In addition, Dr. Grip is offered in a variety of point types including Medium 1.0 mm ball point ink, Fine 0.7 mm gel ink, and #2 HB mechanical pencil lead. Every Dr. Grip pen and mechanical pencil is retractable and refillable for continued use and lasting value.
The newest addition to the Dr. Grip Collection is a writing instrument that serves as both pen and pencil. In fact, the Dr. Grip 4+1 is 5 different writing options in one! Designed for getting complex jobs done with incredible precision, the Dr. Grip 4+1 has retractable Black, Blue, Red and Green advanced ink, as well as Mechanical Pencil lead. Dr. Grip 4+1 is perfect for anyone who needs–or just simply enjoys–different writing options for editing, organizing, and more. Dr. Grip is the ultimate all-in-one writing instrument.
*Data on file, Pilot Corp. of America.
Multi-Function Pencil-Pens: A Shootout | by Craig
I bribed my kids, ages 13 and 10 (both big fans of all types of writing implements), to help me evaluate these 6 units.
Daughter slightly annoyed by having to wait on her younger brother to finish his writing test.
We unpackaged them, wrote with them, used the switching mechanisms pretty extensively, and noted our thoughts on the ergonomics, pen & ink quality (they’re all ballpoints, so set your expectations accordingly), pencil usability, and switching mechanism quality. Price was not considered when evaluating and comparing the units.
My writing samplesMy daughter’s writing samples
If Medium.com would let me embed a table easily, I’d present these results that way. Since not, here’s an image of a table:
The Pilot scored well across comfort and writing quality, but the switching mechanism was a bit more finicky than we liked. We often had to push down on a pen color tab more than once to get it to lock into position. This pen was one of only a couple that used metal in the barrel and on the tip, which lent a feeling of heft, solidness, and quality.
The Uni also had a metal tip. The extra-thin pen points (0.5mm) produced thinner and more precise lines. However, the smaller ball-point also produced some “scritchiness” when writing that we didn’t notice with the other pens. The ink colors were a bit lighter than most of the other pens. The comfort-grip offered good pressure relief and the overall pen felt quite nice in the hand. This was my son’s favorite pen of the bunch.
The Zebra unit had two failings, one major and one minor. First, and most importantly, the pencil extension mechanism (built into the clip as with all the others) is not well designed and is easily retracted into the body by accident. Even brushing the clip with a finger can cause the pencil to click back into its retracted position. This happens a lot when trying to advance the lead since you have to do so by pushing down further on the top of the clip. This failing was especially disappointing to me since I’m actually a big fan of Zebra’s mechanical pencils (I have several M-301 pencils floating around my home and office). For them to screw up that on this unit is really frustrating. The other less-than-impressive bit was the pen quality, which didn’t produce as clean and consistent a line as we’d hoped or as we noticed most of the competing pens did.
BAZIC was not a brand we’d heard of before this, but we were both impressed and irritated by this pen. The pen quality was suprisingly good. It produced really strong, clean lines across all 4 colors. The selection mechanism wasn’t very sturdy, however, and we noticed that it sometimes took more than one attempt to get a pen tip to come out and remain in place. What really knocked this pen out of contention, however, was its ergonomics…it was just not a comfortable pen to hold. The “comfort grip” area is hard rubber and there’s a sharp, annoying ridge around the pen where the tip screws into the body (at the bottom of the comfort grip area). While we ignored the color, the see-thru body gave this pen somewhat of a kitschy, novelty appearance, which didn’t help its overall perceived quality.
The BIC pen was a solid performer across the board. Apart from having only three ink colors (black, blue, and red), we struggled to find any faults with it. Its switching mechanism was especially sturdy, which is probably the result of the company making and perfecting essentially the same design over the decades. Interestingly, though, the BIC was the only unit we tried where you pushed on the end (the eraser part) to advance the pencil lead — all others relied on you to push down on the clip to do so. This felt much more natural and similar to regular mechanical pencils (good if you use those a lot and have pushing on the top as part of your muscle memory). Writing comfort was helped by its narrower-than-normal barrel, which my daughter actually did not prefer (more on this later). It was also the only unit to come with extra supplies (leads and erasers). Given that it was close to the cheapest pen we ordered, that was a nice surprise. And while it may seem like a small thing, the BIC’s slightly larger eraser felt quite luxurious in comparison to those on most of the other pens. The wider pen tips and pencil lead potentially make this less appropriate for people doing small or technical annotating, but for general note-taking, it’s not a problem.
Finally, the Nitto unit was deemed to be somewhat in a class of its own, at least in terms of price, packaging, and overall aesthetics. It, too, was a solid performer on all fronts, despite only having three pen colors (black, blue, and red), but what set it apart are its switching mechanism and its pencil quality. The switching mechanism, while feeling and looking pretty different from that on the BIC, was just as enjoyable to use and as reliable. The pencil felt uniquely solid, with no wobble, no misalignment, and a confident click when advancing the lead. Adding to the better pencil experience is the fact that the 019 had the largest-diameter eraser (by far) of any of the pencils. The kids, especially, appreciated that. Beyond those, however, the all-black design with white writing gives the pen a rather sophisticated, technical appearance. I would actually consider giving these as small gifts, something I wouldn’t say about any of the other pens.
Looking at the scores and discussing our feelings about these pens, we came to a series of conclusions.
Ranked top to bottom, overall scores on the left, and the prices we paid on the right.
First, if you require four different colors of ink in your multi-function pen/pencil combo, our recommendation is the Uni Jetstream 4&1. This unit is delightful to hold and provides a solid experience top to bottom. If you need, or are OK with, a thinner pen line, then you’ll likely be quite delighted. The other pens offering 4 ink colors just don’t compare as favorably to the Uni. This was my son’s favorite of the bunch.
If, however, you can make do with black, blue, and red inks, both the BIC and the Nitto are terrific pens. If you prefer a thicker-bodied pen, we suggest you get the Nitto Stalogy 019, as it has a 14mm diameter body. If you prefer a thinner-bodied pen, then the BIC 4-Color 3+1 is probably going to make you happier, as its slender barrel is just 12mm in diameter. Two millimeters doesn’t sound like a lot, but the hand-feel difference is quite obvious when you hold both back-to-back. My daughter prefers thicker pens and liked the Nitto most, whereas I prefer thinner pens and liked the BIC.
When you consider cost, the BIC is hard to pass up. At just $5.49 for one (or less than $10 for a 3-pack), it represents an excellent value overall. Plus, BIC products are pretty easy to find, making it trivial to get a replacement should yours wander off, get borrowed, or just wear out from use.
Anyway, I hope this helps if you’re in the market for a multi-function pen & pencil combo writing device. Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer questions if I can.
Plenty Pen is a 4-in-1 Pen, Pencil, Stylus, and Eraser
If you see me and I’m not holding a pen or pencil, I’m probably asleep or holding a taco in each hand – probably the latter. There’s a reason I have a small budget for writing instruments – I love the smell of a new pen and, of course, the different style and designs. A few in my collection have a stylus and pen, or a pencil and eraser, but none have all four. That would be crazy, right? Well, if you’re wondering if that exists – IT DOES NOW.
Creative Mode team, Vlad and Maria, just launched their Kickstarter campaign for Plenty Pen–the single instrument with pen, pencil, stylus and eraser. It’s like the quadrumvirate of and writing implements and it’s unlike any other pen/pencil combo I’ve ever seen.
It’s a light, aluminum body writing instrument similar in size to a standard pencil at 6. 7 inches (17.6 cm) and 25 grams (0.88 oz). It fits any ballpoint/rollerball refills shorter that 4.1 inches (10 cm) and the mechanical pencil section works with graphite cartridges from 0.2mm to 0.7mm. Both the eraser and stylus are designed to be removable and replaceable. The pen will have three color options (white, gray, or black) and two finish options (matte or metallic).
It functions with the ability of both pen and pencil section to flip within the instrument’s outer frame to reveal stylus or eraser–A perfect all-in-one to keep it minimal, a fidgeter’s dream come true and quite the ingenious design to do away with a cap or retracting mechanism that often breaks, wears down or goes missing.
The early bird price on the Plenty Pen campaign is still available. That pledge will get you one Plenty Pen for €38 (~$40 USD). There are additional options for 2, 4, 10, or 25 pens, plus a buy 5 +1 free offer. It comes with a black ballpoint refill and 0.5mm graphite refill and, if you share the project on Twitter or Facebook, they will provide an extra free ink refill and box of pencil cartridges. Their plan is to start mass production of the pen at the end of May and start shipping in September 2017.
You can see more shots of the Plenty Pen and follow the activity of Creative Mode on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
Fueled by Clouds & Coffee: Review: Bic 4-Color 3+1 Pen/Pencil
|A new function for an old-school icon: the Bic
I seem to have come full circle.
Several years ago when I had been dabbling in sketching with
ballpoint ink but hadn’t yet embraced it, I tried using a Bic 4-Color Pen.
As a teenager, I thought it was the coolest thing ever to have four ink colors
in one compact pen. First introduced in 1970 by French entrepreneur Marcel Bich,
it’s nostalgic to me. Many decades later, the iconic pen was still cool in my
continual search for compact, portable sketch materials, so I gave it a shot.
As I said, I hadn’t yet embraced ballpoint ink, and the pen body itself seemed
cheesy and clumsy, especially the slidey things used to select the ink colors.
(Apparently my standards in product design had come up a few notches since I
was 13.) I rejected it almost immediately.
The concept of a multi-pen still had sketch kit potential,
however, so I upgraded to a Uni Jetstream 4 & 1 when I observed my
first National Ballpoint Pen Day. With far superior design and construction,
the Japan-made Jetstream’s body feels more substantial than a Bic 4-Color, and
its slidey things move smoothly and engage flawlessly. The Jetstream is still
my favorite ballpoint to write with. Unfortunately, the ink it contains is a
newfangled “hybrid” that delivers a smoother, blob-free writing experience but,
alas, is just not the same as blobby, oily Bic ink. I still keep it in my bag
to sign papers or jot quick notes, but I don’t enjoy drawing with it.
(Incidentally, in case you are uninitiated, the Japanese have gone hog wild in
the multi-pen industry. A quick search on JetPens brings up literally
hundreds of options. You’re welcome . . . see you in a few hours.)
|From left: a classic 4-Color, one with a highlighter, one with “fashion” colors|
Fast-forward a couple of years to InkTober, when I
came to thoroughly embrace drawing with Bics. Something about that sticky,
oil-based ink makes it the “pencil of pens”: It’s pressure-sensitive and
can be layered gradually like graphite. Any pen that acts like a pencil is good
|A 0.7mm pencil component makes this Bic 4-Color unique.|
Recently a new Bic 4-Color came to my attention: the 4-Color
3 + 1. Actually, it has only three ink colors, and the fourth component is
a mechanical pencil (the Uni Jetstream also has a pencil unit, as designated by
the “& 1” in its name). In general, I’m not a fan of drawing with
mechanical pencils, but having a pencil option with my beloved Bic ink does
make this Swiss army knife of drawing tools more versatile. It was worth a try.
As soon as I got it, I noticed a difference. The body shape is
slightly different from the classic 4-Color and – more significantly – the mechanism
of the slidey things is much smoother and operates better. Reading the fine
print on the packaging, I learned that while most Bic 4-Colors are still made
in France, the model with the pencil component is made in Japan. Interesting!
Also interesting is the Bic’s 0.7mm lead instead of the more
typical 0.5mm lead found in other multi-pens. I have a heavy-handed habit of
snapping most 0.5mm leads, so this was good news to me. The included lead feels
like HB. For sketching, I prefer a softer one, so I’m going to swap it out for
a 2B (the softest grade I could find in 0.7mm). It’s reassuring not to need a
sharpener, which I haven’t carried in my slim pandemic bag in a year.
The ink refills – red, black and blue – are standard medium
points that are my favorite for drawing.
|Much-improved slidey things!|
|Blue, red, black inks|
|1/26/21 Bic 4-Color 3 + 1, Uni Pin brush pen and colored
pencil in Field Notes Signature
As much as I enjoy sketching with a ballpoint or graphite
pencil, they can be more time-consuming than watercolor pencils or markers because
the best use of them involves large areas of hatching. I’m not inclined to do
that kind of sketching on the street, so I’ve been using the Bic 4-Color 3 + 1 in
conjunction with the Uni Pin brush pen. The latter does the heavy lifting on darker
values quickly. I like the combo.
With red and blue the only colors besides black, this so-called
4-Color isn’t as colorful as I would like it to be. Still, during these grayest
days of winter, it’s accurate for neighborhood sketching. I have some doubts
about how well the 4-Color 3 + 1 will serve my minimalism challenge needs,
but it’s fun to have a “new” tool to try. And regardless of how well it
works for my challenge, it’s great to see an improved body for an old-school
Pens, pencils, felt-tip pens / Page 1
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Writing line thickness 0.35 mm. The tip diameter is 0.7 mm. The tip is needle-shaped. Water based ink. The shape of the case is round.
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Disposable ballpoint, extra strong, vented cap, blue ink, 0 letter line weight.32 mm, nib diameter 1 mm, standard nib.
No .: 656556
Ebony, with eraser, sharpened. Specially treated wood for perfect sharpening. Suitable for sketching and painting. Lead diameter 2.2mm, hardness HB, round shape. Impact resistant lead. Length 190 mm. 1 PC.
No .: 778228
Not a fake or a copy, 100% original product! In a set of 10 rollerballs. Ergonomic design. Writing thickness 0.5 mm. Enough to draw a line 400 m long.Suitable for study, work, doodling, gift making. Black ink
No .: 670209
Gel with cap and clip. Ink color: blue. The tip diameter is 0.5 mm. Line thickness 0.4 mm. Writing length 400 m. Three-sided capture zone. The corrugation in the grip area prevents fingers from sliding when writing.
No .: 744792
Disposable ballpoint pen with grip, blue ink, 0.8 mm needle nib, 0.3 mm writing line, round body.
No .: 744909
Oil ballpoint pen with grip, blue ink, nib diameter 0.5 mm, writing line thickness 0.25 mm, replacement rod length 140 mm, round body.
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Lead diameter 2 mm, hardness HB, triangular shape. Length: 190 mm. With sharpening and eraser. Case diameter: 7 mm. Suitable for sketching and painting.
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Black lead pencil, 1 pc., HB, with elastic band, plastic, sharpened, pencil length 175 mm, lead diameter 2.3 mm.
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Blue color. Round shape of the case. combined lead material, diameter 3 mm, hardness HB. Honed, waterproof. Lacquered wood body.
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Reusable with rubber grip in the grip area. Plastic clip. Transparent body. Line thickness: 0.2 mm. Case diameter: 8.8 mm.Oil based ink.
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Rollerball. Suitable for left-handers, right-handers and dysgraphics.Line thickness 0.3 mm.
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Plenty Pen is a pen, pencil, stylus and eraser 4-in-1
If you see me and I don’t have a pen or pencil, I’m probably sleeping or holding a taco in each hand – perhaps the latter.There is a reason why I have a small budget for writing instruments – I love the smell of the new pen and of course the different style and design. Some of my collection have a stylus and a pen or a pencil and an eraser, but none have all four. That would be crazy, right? Well, if you are wondering if this exists – ACTIVE NOW.
The Creative Mode team, Vlad and Maria, have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Plenty Pen – a one-stop tool with a pen, pencil, stylus and eraser.It looks like a quadrumvirate of writing instruments and it is unlike any other pen and pencil combination I have ever seen.
It is a lightweight, aluminum-bodied writing instrument measuring 6.7 inches (17.6 cm) and 25 grams (0.88 ounces) and similar in size to a standard pencil. It will fit any ballpoint / rollerball refills shorter than 4.1 inches (10cm) and the mechanical pencil section works with 0.2 to 0 graphite cartridges.7 mm. Both the eraser and stylus can be removed and replaced. The nib will come in three color options (white, gray or black) and two finishes (matte or metallic).
It works with the ability of both the pen and pencil section to flip inside the outer frame of the instrument to reveal the stylus or eraser – the perfect all-in-one device to keep it to a minimum, a fidger dream come true and quite ingenious design that allows you to get rid of the cap or the retracting mechanism that often breaks, wear out or fails is missing.
Early bird price for the Plenty Pen Campaign is still available. This deposit will give you one Plenty Pen for € 38 (~ $ 40). There are additional options for 2, 4, 10 or 25 pens, as well as a free offer to buy 5 +1. It comes with a black ballpoint pen refill and a 0.5mm graphite refill, and if you post on Twitter or Facebook, they will provide an extra free refill and a box of pencil cartridges. They plan to start mass production of the pen in late May and shipments in September 2017.
View more photos with the Plenty Pen and follow Creative activity on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
90,000 How to teach a child to hold a pen correctly?
There is an opinion that teaching a child to hold a pen or pencil correctly when writing is worth 5-6 years, when it is time to prepare for school.
But this is not at all the case . By the age of 2.5-3 years, the child is already quite ready to try for the first time to take a pencil correctly and draw the cherished lines and shapes.Of course, you will not be able to make the right grip right away, since the fine motor skills of the hand are still not sufficiently developed.
As you know, children 3 years old develop gross motor skills much faster than fine ones. It is difficult for children to take small objects, pinch off a piece of plasticine, tear off a piece of paper.
Do not hope that the child will learn to hold the pen correctly. More often than not, the opposite happens. Taking a pen / pencil incorrectly, this skill is fixed, automated, and in the future it will be difficult to retrain the child.
Therefore, we prepare the baby’s hand in advance.
1. Games with cereals (sorting by color or type, transferring to a vessel with a narrow neck, etc.).
2. Pinch off plasticine from a whole piece (to create an applique).
3. Exercise Correct grip . Help your child place their fingers on the pencil as they should be when writing, not towards the base, but towards the end. And slowly, together with the baby, lower them to the slate.A little tip: you can put a coin or a piece of cotton in the child’s palm so that the little finger and ring fingers hold it. So all the fingers will be in place.
4. Drawing with small pencils. A small pencil is difficult to fist, so your child will need to grab it with three fingers to hold it.
5. Special exercise equipment for the handle . Today on the stationery market, you can find a wide range of exercise equipment for correct positioning of the fingers.
“Remember! It is very important to teach a child to hold a pencil correctly in a timely manner in order to avoid problems in mastering writing, ”says medical psychologist Irina Pylneva.
90,000 13 office supplies that are common for the Japanese, but for us – an unknown miracle
Japan – a country that has run away a hundred steps ahead of other states in the development of technology – has surprised us more than once with its attention to small details that make life easier man.This approach can be traced in all areas of life. For example, you will find a wide variety of useful items in your local stationery stores for the most comfortable learning experience.
We are at Bright Side for a long time, looking at the Japanese school supplies that are unusual for us. Fortunately, almost all of these items can be ordered online these days.
1. Pencil attachment
This rubber device helps young children learn how to place their finger on a pen or pencil so that they develop the habit of writing correctly.
2. Pencil extension
This thing is convenient to use when a very small, but still working piece of the pencil remains.
3. Pencil caps
The cute caps will protect the tips of your pencils from breakage and the rest of your objects from marks and scratches.
Regular erasers, but in the form of bright desserts to cheer up. Of course, such washing machines are no longer a novelty, not only in Japan, but here I would like to note how detailed and naturalistic the sweets look.
5. Double-sided highlighter
The tip of this highlighter is divided into two halves. They have the same shade, but the brightness of the selection is different.
6. Drawing crayons
These crayons are different from those that we are used to seeing on the shelves in our stores. In addition to the fact that in dry form, this chalk lies smoothly on any surface, diluted with water, it easily turns into paint, in which you can dip a brush.
7.Erasable Ink Gel Pen
Most students around the world use ballpoint pens and proofreader, while Japanese children usually use wood or mechanical pencils. But such a technical solution as erasable ink allowed this pen to firmly occupy its niche in the range of Japanese stationery.
8. Thin gel pen
The Japanese emphasize the beauty of handwriting, that’s why pens with thin needle tips appeared not by chance.These writing instruments have nibs that are smaller than any Western pen. This makes the letter clearer and more detailed.
9. Brush pen
Externally, the object looks like a pen or felt-tip pen. But in reality, a thin tassel is hidden behind the cap. This tool works well for drawing calligraphic patterns.
10. Fountain pen
These pens are familiar to some of us and especially to our parents.In the Soviet past, there was no other alternative to a fountain pen and ink bottle of the same color. These days, pens with a metal nib plate that ink flows on can still be bought. Only now their design has become much brighter, and the ink itself can be of different colors.
11. Transparent ruler with markings
Lines and squares on the ruler will allow you to more accurately build your drawings, adjusting to the markings in your notebook. In addition, the surface of the back of the ruler is ribbed, which will prevent it from sliding on the notebook.
12. Folding ruler
It’s simple: the ruler unfolds and the measuring area increases. You can also use it to draw angles by selecting the desired degree.
13. Stapler without staples
The stapler simply makes a hole in the paper and presses the edge so that the leaves stick together and hold tightly. You will not need any additional tools, except for the stapler itself and paper.
What unusual school subjects have you come across?