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October 18, 2011
I'm a huge stationary...
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I'm a huge stationary nerd, so as soon as I saw these highlighters on JetPens, I had to have them. The hook was their nifty window so you don't over-highlight. I'm a chronic over-highlighter-- As in, I'll go well into the next sentence if I don't think about it and stop myself-- so these seemed *amazing*. Honestly, though, the windows aren't the best feature.

The Propus Highlighters are double-sided. That means that one side is a regular (windowed) highlighter and the other side is a thin marker tip that uses the same highlighter ink. "What would I need that for," you ask? Don't worry: I thought the same thing. When I started using the Propus, though, I realized it was changing the way I read textbooks. Now, I make a thick highlight over the key point, word, or phrase with the regular highlighter side. When I get to important sub-details, I use the thin point to underline, box in, draw arrows, star, and even write notes. With this new highlighting technique, I feel much more productive and understand what I'm reading better. These highlighters are a must for students!

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July 18, 2011
This pen gave me quite...
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This pen gave me quite the \"roller coaster ride\" of an experience. When I first heard of the Pilot Petit1, I was really excited-- not only did I see several great reviews online, but it was also cheap ($? A steal!). So, as my first foray into fountain pens, I added the Petit1, Platinum Preppy, and Pelikan Pelikano to my shopping cart. When the package arrived from JetPens, I opened it with glee and immediately took out a notebook to start writing. The Pelikano and Preppy were easy to start, but I couldn\'t even unscrew the nib from the barrel in the Petit1! (It\'s pretty embarrassing to have to go to work and explain to your coworkers that you need them to take a pen apart for you--Just an FYI.) Anyways, one of my bosses opened the pen and like an addict, I immediately went into a corner, popped in an ink cartridge (which you have to buy separately), put the pen back together, and started writing. Initially, the Petit1 skipped... A lot. It was very scratchy, too, but I kept trying to write with it for about a day.

Eventually, though, I gave up. The pen sat on my living room floor for about a week. By then, I used the entire ink cartridge included with the Pelikano and the Preppy\'s ink had dried up. Going through withdrawal, I forced myself to write with the Petit1 one more time. It took a few scratches in the corner of my notebook to start the ink flowing again, but once it did... Wow. It was like I had a whole new pen. The nib just glided across the page like a knife through butter. There were none of the aforementioned skips-- my lines were continuous and uniform. I fell in love.

So what happened? I read online that it\'s a good idea to clean your pens before use-- there tends to be manufacturing residue left over when you first purchase your pens. I didn\'t clean the Petit1 when I got it, so that\'s probably why I had such a rough time with it before. Once enough ink went through the feed, though, I guess it cleared away the residue. The moral of the story? Wash your pens.

Anyways, I really like my Petit1 now. Its size is perfect for sticking in my pocket on the go-- capped, it\'s only slightly bigger than a tube of chapstick-- and now that it writes smoothly, I can see myself using it a lot more often. The feed is clear, so when I get funky with ink colors, I can easily tell what color I\'ll be writing with. The cap snaps securely into position and doesn\'t budge unless I want it to. All of these things are huge pluses. My only real problem with it now is the grip (or lack thereof). There is just a cylinder of plastic and it\'s not like my fingers slip at all, but it would be nice if there were something (rubber or shaping of some sort) to reduce strain. I don\'t think it matters, though... The Petit1 was made for portability. Judging by the cartridge size it allows for, it wasn\'t made to be a workhorse.

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