Sunday, February 21, 2010

Pentel Slicci 10 Colour Set

I rarely buy pen sets for myself, but they make excellent items to give or to receive as presents.  My mother recently gave me a set of 10 0.3mm Pentel Slicci gel pens as an early birthday present, thanks to some not-so-subtle hints on my part.

I have previously reviewed a Pentel Slicci pen (in fact, it was the very first pen that I reviewed here), and I really don't have anything further to add here, other than to say again that these are excellent pens.  Writing with them is truly a delight, as the ink glides smoothly from the fine tip, requiring little to no pressure from your hand.  If 0.3mm is too fine for you, the Pentel Slicci is also available in 0.4mm and 0.7mm (as well as 0.25mm).

The slim profile of the pen may prove uncomfortable for some, but for me, this is part of the pen's charm.  The sleek, slender, colourful bodies are eye-catching and stand out from the multitudes of pens in my pen case.  Perhaps the only issue I have with the pen body is the lid, which does not snap on the end of the pen and usually feels as though it is either going to fall off or become stuck, depending on how far I force it on.  Still, the issue of the lid is a relatively small price to pay for the otherwise delightful writing experience of the Pentel Slicci.  The Pentel Slicci may not be for everyone, but everyone who loves pens owe it to themselves to try it out.

The 10 colour set contains pens in the colours of black, blue black, blue, sky blue, green, orange, baby pink, pink, red, and purple.  Here are the writing samples:

Three shades of blue, two shades of pink, only one shade of green - being much more of a fan of the colour green than I am of pink, I think I would have preferred a second shade of green rather than the second shade of pink.  Still, this is only my personal preference.  The green is not a dark green and does not have a hint of lime in it; it seems a bit different than the average green.  I like it.  The purple is also notable; I don't use purple often, but this one seems to have more lavender in it than usual.

The Pentel Slicci is an excellent pen that will be on my list of favourite pens for some time to come.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

From the Other Journal

I'm sorry I've haven't posted here for awhile, but I am currently in the midst of studying for midterm exams and I have way more things that I need to do than I have time to do them.  My to-do list has finally become less than half a page long so I thought I would take the opportunity to post a couple of pages from my "other journal," which seems to be becoming a sketchbook journal.  These pages show an abstract doodle that I didn't really like until I put letters around it, a rather geometrical diagram of interlocking bands, and sketches of some pressed flowers that I have sitting on the shelf above my desk.  (As I think of summer, when I can go out and sketch living flowers.)  The words and sketches were all written and drawn with a black Sharpie Pen and the flowers were coloured with watercolour pencils (which I am still learning how to use).  I don't have much time to work in my journal these days, so these pages were developed over about a period of about a week.

I haven't acquired any new pens or other supplies lately, but I do plan to make a trip to the campus bookstore (home of many enticing items) sometime in the future.  I recently read two books on journaling, both by Hannah Hinchman: A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place and A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal, and if I find the time, I will try to write a review of one or both of these books in the next week or so.
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