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Ohto Retractable Pen-Style Ceramic Cutter - Black Body - OHTO CP-8 BK
  I found that the overall..., September 26, 2012
I found that the overall usefulness of this knife was limited by its blade size...when it cuts, the blade sinks in, and the plastic blade sheath is a view hog, so you basically have to guess really accurately as to where the blade will go next, or you have to rely on the much more conspicuous craft knife to get it done.
That said, the portability factor is down right awe inspiring, it is thinner and lighter than most pens. The clip inspires no confidence, as friction is all that holds it onto the barrel of the cutter. Yeah, so, take my advice, and purchase with your most practical part of your brain forward, or don't...you know what I mean, right?
Platinum OLEeNu Lead Breakage Prevention Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Black Body - PLATINUM MOL-200 1
  Despite what platinum..., September 26, 2012
Despite what platinum itself says about its oleenu pencil...I don't like this pencil for writing. In fact, it's clever features would prove to be a deal breaker to the heavy handed writers out there...no, this is intended for something equally, if not, greater, than writing...MECHANICAL PENCIL ART!!!!!
Why? Because it minimizes lead breakage, a plus, but most importantly, allows the user to press on the paper much harder for burnishing and hard outlines, for imprints and so much more. This pencil makes the mechanical pencil less of a 'use when necessary' tool, and much more of a 'use because it rocks' tool. It really is a game changer, and for the money, not a bank robber by any means.
Tombow Yo-i Wooden Pencil Grip Aid - Right-Handed - TOMBOW ND-KYR
  The tombow yo-I pencil..., September 12, 2012
The tombow yo-I pencil grip is awesome. As you can probably guess, I am not a kid anymore, however, i am youthful at heart, so when I saw this, I thought, hey, this makes me remember vague snippets of trying to grip a pencil in first grade, and how it would have been easier with this. So I got it. What do you have to lose in trying it, it's a perfect add on item.
I bought this for nostalgia, but the reason I am keeping it is because it works. Just enough friction to keep it on many different sorts of pencils and stationery or artistic tools, yet it is simple enough to take it off the pencil, pen, utensil in question. And it improves ergonomics and accuracy for me. Making it almost effortless to grip a pencil, means I can focus on creating art work that is above the standards I used to live by and thought were my limit. I mean, I thought this would be a trinket of little to no usability, but it actually steps up my game plan as an artist. A lot. And I have the feeling this little blue gripper will last long.

So, if you are looking for a cheap, fill the free shipping cap sort of object, then this is definitely the right way to go.
Uni-ball Signo Bit UM-201 Gel Ink Pen - 0.18 mm - Black - UNI UM-201-18.24
  What a pen, my friends,..., September 7, 2012
What a pen, my friends, what a pen.... Think on this for a moment, the tip on this pen is, quite possibly, the smallest all metal nib made. You can ink very small, very thin lines with this, in fact, if you go too fast, you leave nothing but an indent in the paper. What makes this pen shine for me is the fact that you can use speed and pressure variations and whatnot to create even smaller and thinner lines than you ever could make with a felt tipped copic that is .05mm. It takes a fast yet gentle and painstakingly careful hand to work with that tiny copic. This uni ball signo bit is a beautiful thing because it costs less, much less, is very sturdy compared to the copic felt tip, and is relatively easily replaced.

Now, that said, the ink goes quick, like a reviewer said, because uni ball is cutting costs and putting less in. I just got it out of the package, and it was half empty. Not only do they put less in, but the space which contains the ink is ludicrously thin as well. The pocket clip has not broken yet, but I put zero trust in it due to the ominous rattlings coming from it. Refills are, actually, quite expensive, just a little less than the full pen itself.

In conclusion, I would only get this for annotation or drawing, and I would, and will, get it again.
Ohto Orca Ceramic Roller Ball Pen - 0.5 mm - Black Cap - OHTO CB-10RC BLACK
  Oh man...this pen is..., July 5, 2012
Oh man...this pen is gorgeous. The moment you open that box, and pull this baby out, you know you made a good choice. This is top notch. The finish is impeccable, and so far, has withstood amazingly well in my backpack of art things, as I am a traveling artist. Holding this beauty in you hands is a privelege. The smooth as silk finish grips surprisingly well when opening it, and when your writing is done, and you put that back on, you feel a sadness, as if the pen were crying for you to write more. It can even be used for drawing, though not to GREAT effect, just as, you know, something to whip out and scribble with. Ink flow is a teensy bit too fast for me, so I don't get that fine line I love. But hey! Everything has a defect, and if that is it, then, by golly, I'll take it. A must own for anyone who is a stationery monster like me. Good for being your 'executive pen'.
Tombow OnBook Clip Friendly Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Matte Black Body - TOMBOW BC-OB11
  This is a no-nonsense..., July 5, 2012
This is a no-nonsense pen. It works. There literally is nothing more to say than this: if you would like to upgrade from the twelve pack bics and just use one pen over and over again, this is your pen to choose. Clip it, use it, refill it, rinse, lather, repeat, rinse, lather, repeat. It's that simple. Its not a JOY to use, but that is never stated as being true. It's there when you need it. And that is truly special.
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