Pen Collection: Dollar Tree Pens

Not all pens are created equal, but not all "cheap" pens should be written off, either. And let's face it--even though they're not going to be as amazing as their fancier counter parts, sometimes you just need a good, cheap pen, whether it's for writing grocery lists or to lend to someone that never returns your pens to you. These are a few pens I picked up at a local Dollar Tree.

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The Uni-Ball Signo Impact 207 has a sleek silver style with a thick, black stroke.

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This particular pen has a strong flow of ink so beware that it's completely dry before you close your dayplanner or are left handed. It's very apt to smear.

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This pen is unmarked but is recognizable by it's black and grey gradient. It has a cheap, plastic feel to it so it is not one of the "higher" quality cheap pens.

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It has a small nib that didn't spider when marked (I have a bad habit of not lifting my pen off the page completely when I write!).

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The Optimus pen by INC wrote well, although it's most certainly a lower quality felt tip.

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The ink comes out rather blackish grey due to not flowing consistently, but is a reliable pen.

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My favorite of the four was the BIC GripRoller. It's bigger size fits comfortably in the hand and is easy to write with.

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The ink flows evenly and well and is pleasant to write with.

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I tested the bleed through on two types of paper.
The first is the Loose Life filler paper I have always enjoyed writing on and is a bit thin. This particular pack of paper is vintage and I have not yet purchased a new pack to compare the paper quality.
The second is your standard computer printer paper (which is the white to the right of the photo) and is a bit thicker.

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Front View: I apologize there are only three pens tested here, the fourth has simply walked away!

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Back View: There is significant ghosting on the BIC and Optimus pens, especially the BIC, which also has bleed through. The mysterious unmarked pen had enough bleed through on the computer paper that I wouldn't use it for double-sided letter writing or in thinner page journals.

Have you discovered any wonderful pens from the dollar stores in your area? What is your favorite? (I posted my favorite dollar store pens last week, the Pentel RSVP.)

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