My favorite thing about back-to-school season is getting new school supplies. So I was thrilled when Shoplet.com (an online retailer for office supplies) contacted me and asked me to review a few items from their line of Zebra pens! I'm not going to lie: I had never heard about Zebra pens until a few weeks ago when I made arrangements to review the pens. If they are new to you as well, keep reading - I have some goodies to share!
Z-Mulsion EX Ballpoint Pen
First up was the Z-Mulsion EX ballpoint pen. This pen felt GREAT in my hand. It wasn't heavy, but it had enough substance to hold onto. I sometimes use Bic Velocity pens and this had a very similar feel. It had the same great cushioning on the area where I grip the pen. I like my writing to make a bold statement and I loved that the Z-Mulsion EX series comes in a medium 1.0mm point size.
Here's some fun news too: You can get a FREE Z-Mulsion pen by visiting the Shoplet Blog. They are also giving away $300 in Shoplet gift cards. Everyone loves free school supplies!
Zebra F-301 Retractable Ballpoint Pen
I also tested out the Zebra F-301 Retractable Ballpoint Pen. This had a fine point (0.7 mm). This is a great pen, but not the pen for me. It is very thin and lightweight. It's a nice quality pen, but I think I spend too much time with kindergarteners and their bulky school supplies because it just didn't feel substantial in my hand.
Here's the really crazy thing though. My good friend Meggan is a nurse. A few weeks ago we were shopping at the local "Super-Center" and found ourselves in the school supply aisle (since it's my favorite aisle to visit in the fall). As we were browsing through the supplies, Meggan said, "I hope they have Zebra pens." I knew my pens were in the mail so I did a double take and asked her why. Apparently she LOVES this exact pen because it is super-fine. When she writes in patient charts, she sometimes has a lot to say and, according to Meggan, this pen is great for writing recording in all caps when you only have a tiny writing space available. It might not suit my writing style, but this must be a high-quality pen if it earns Meggan's stamp of approval.
It's a Zebra Pen Giveaway!
Are you ready to hear about that Giveaway? Here's the deal. Zebra sent me 11 different pens, mechanical pencils, and highlighters to try out. I had lots of fun trying all of them out and I am giving away the pen collection to one lucky blog follower! I even have a cute little zebra stuffed animal that was included with the samples.
All you have to do is follow Kinder-Craze via Google Friend Connect or Networked blogs. Then leave a comment on this post with your name and email (so I know how to contact you if you win!) I will choose 1 lucky winner at random to win the pen collection. You have until 5:00pm (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, September 4 to enter.
Best of luck to all of you!