Amongst pen aficionados, Pentel's EnerGel pens have been touted as the workhorse pen. Boasting buttery smooth writing, crisp lines, and intensely pigmented color, its extremely fast-drying liquid gel ink is a godsend to lefties everywhere. With a variety of models on the market, let's unpack and explain the different offerings of the EnerGel line.
The liquid gel ink is formulated in such a way that allows the EnerGel to dispense ink freely (think roller ball pens) but with a quick drying time. Although liquidy, it maintains a level of viscosity to produce clean and sharp lines that don't feather. Lastly, the EnerGel prides itself on the richness and vibrancy of the pigment in the ink. You won't see any faded or muted colors here!
|EnerGel Euro||13.7 cm||10.7 mm||0.35 oz|
|EnerGel X Retractable||14.7 cm||11.4 mm||0.51 oz|
|EnerGel Deluxe||15.1 cm||11 mm||0.47 oz|
|Tradio EnerGel Combo||14.1 cm||12.9 mm||0.50 oz|
|EnerGel Tradio||14 cm||10.8 mm||0.41 oz|
|I Plus 3 Color Multi Pen Body||14 cm||10.8 mm||0.41 oz|
The capped Euro pens come in both needle-point (0.35, 0.5 mm) and conical point (0.7, 1.0 mm) tips. The ink flows more freely from the conical tips and only takes a mere second longer to dry than its needle-point brethren. The pens write incredibly smoothly, even in the 0.35 mm tip, though there is a sweet spot for the needle-point pens. At certain angles, the needle-point pens will skip, which doesn't happen in the conical tip pens.
Featuring a moderate selection of colors, the EnerGel X retractable pens also come in needle-point (0.5 mm) and conical point (0.7 mm) tips. Like in the Euro pens, you have to write in the sweet spot for the needle-point pen. These are our favorite EnerGel pens, because of the extra colors offered. We weren't kidding about the vividness of the ink!
Those with big, bold handwriting will love the EnerGel Deluxe pen. Even with the larger tip size, the ink flows freely without feathering so your writing remains crisp and legible. When compared to the 1.0 mm Euro pen, this pen seems to lay a thicker and more liquid line, causing the color to look darker and richer.
This combination pen merges the body of the well-loved Tradio pen with the ink of the EnerGel. Like the other EnerGel pens, the pen writes beautifully and smoothly. The grip on this pen is on the higher side, so if you hold your pen closer to the tip, look into the EnerGel Tradio pens below. Refills in other colors and tip sizes are available.
Like the Tradio EnerGel Combo Pens, these pens feature the design of the Tradio with the ink of the EnerGel. However, these pens are slimmer than the Combo and their grips are placed lower, great for people who hold their pens close to the tip. They're also convenient in that you can clearly see the ink color through Tradio's distinctive window design, and when uncapped, the nose cone under the tip showcases the ink color as well.
Navigating a right-handed world when you're a lefty isn't easy. The preference given to right-handers is very much built into our language! Case-in-point, "right" is synonymous with "correct", implying the opposite for "left". Historically, people have associated left-handedness with evil; even the Latin word for left-handed is "sinister". Here are just some problems lefties face in the stationery world:
You probably hate spiral notebooks. They're forever in the way and you always end up with spiral imprints on the side of your hand.
While we're at it, add three-ring binders to that list. It's like writing in a hurricane--it's a breeze when you're in the eye of the storm, but the moment you hit a ring, there's just no comfortable way to fit your hand around it.
Finding a no-smear pencil is nothing short of a miracle. Aren't those graphite stains on the side of your hand annoying? And don't get us started on pens! (Luckily, we carry plenty of great left-handed friendly pens which you can peruse through here.)
Are you an overwriter, underwriter, or side-writer? They each come with their own set of problems. Overwriters always look like they're trying to hide something; underwriters risk major hand cramps; and side-writers are constantly smearing ink or graphite all over their hand and paper.
But don't worry lefties, you're in great company. Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Oprah Winfrey are all proud lefties. What's more, there's even research out there showing that left-handers are better at multi-tasking, creative thinking, and sports. Still, being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed society does come with its challenges. Let us know what other #LeftyProblems you’ve encountered in the comments below.
The EnerGel is a favorite for lefties and righties alike. Its sturdy tip, free-flowing ink, and fast-drying time are sure to catapult it into legendary pen status. As for the lefties, there are some great products out there in addition to the EnerGel made specifically for you! Check out our offerings in the Good for the Left-Handed selection guide.
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