When you're looking for a fine ballpoint pen with a subtle and refined look, this A.G. Spalding & Brothers Hexagonal pen hits a home run. The pen has a unique geometric shape for ergonomic handling and writes in a fine 0.7 mm line. Ink glides across the paper and is waterproof. Navy and silver body colors as well as black and blue refills are available.
I wrote a review for the silver one, but since the issue (rattling button)
affects both, here it is again...
The pen feels nice, very nice. The only issue that I had with it is that while
writing, the retract-o-button rattled around a little bit. It is snug when the
pen is sheathed, although is writing position is has room to move around and
make a little bit of noise. Enough to drive a man crazy.
I used a small piece of .0025 inch plastic shim stock and tucked it down into
the gap between the button and the pen body, thereby saving it from a lifetime
of darkness in the drawer.
If the rattle would have not been fixable, the pen would have gotten the lowest
possible rating. If the rattle was absent upon arrival, the highest.
I really like the body of this pen. Looks great and isn't too heavy for a metal
bodied pen, though the mechanism is a bit clacky. I added a longer spring to
improve the action. The stock clear plastic ink refill was a bit disappointing,
though. Scratchy and not much different than a cheap Bic pen. Maybe the metal
A.G. Spalding refills are better? Does anybody have experience with the refills?
They've been sold out so I haven't been able to try them. Instead, I took a
spare Pental Selfit refill and modified it to fit. Quite a bit better, though
the Uniball Jetstream refills are the smoothest. I might try to modify that to
No question this is an excellent looking pen -- and it feels great in the hand.
It's all quite nice until you try to use it, really. The mechanism has a cheap
feel to it; the knock is a bit wobbly. The included refill, a fairly standard
ballpoint, is also surprisingly small given the length and breadth of the pen.
It's a pity you can't swap it out for a Jetstream.
I bought this as a gift, and was really worried about the scraping sound and
writing performance but the sound is fine (I was expecting nails on chalkboard)
and it writes smoothly. Although, the button is loose enough to rattle a little
while writing, which is more annoying than the scraping sound imo.
Plunger makes a hollow, unpleasant metal-on-metal scraping sound with each click
and is loose enough to rattle, especially in the down position. Ink is
unremarkable at best. Clip seems solid. I like the color of the body, but the
whole thing is larger and more ostentatious than I'd prefer.