Friday, July 22, 2011

Multi Tool 4 in 1 Level Pen

I was looking for a pen that I could use when doing woodwork and one that would fit in a workshop environment.  It had to be a pen that was durable, but one that had the natural look, feel and function of a tool.  It had to have practical applications that would be used on a regular basis.

Enter the Mult Tool 4 in 1 Level Pen.  An offering by the Brink Collection, a trademark of Present Time, a company based in Holland.  This pen is constructed of brass and steel components, with a matte silver color and has a utilitarian appeal.  When holding it, it is somewhat hefty, not overly so, but is of average length at 14 cm.  There is a lot to like about this pen, so I will try and break down the highlights beyond the obvious.
Features
Pen cartridge - The Multi Tool 4 in 1 Level Pen employs the Fisher pressurized gravity refill cartridge for multi pens.  Easily engaged, writing with this pen is simply a pleasure.  It literally glides across the paper.  Fisher is known for their pressurized cartridges which are able to write at any angle, on any surface, even underwater.  This is a huge plus, especially when using this pen in a workshop.

Pen Body - The body is mostly hexagonal in shape, which allows the pen to sit on a flat surface without rolling, even though it has a pocket clip.  But more importantly, it allows the ruler component to be effectively used in taking measurements on any surface.  The lower portion of the body is knurled to provide the writer with precision gripping and in many ways allows you to write better at those odd angles and surfaces.  The cap is also knurled partially and screws off with precision.
The overall pen body is one of the finest works of machine produced writing instruments I have seen and had the sheer pleasure of using to date.


Functions - The pen cap screws off to reveal a Phillips screwdriver which can be reversed with some effort to reveal a Flathead screwdriver.  It is a genuine micro tool and not a novelty, and when using, the cap will easily screw onto the pen tip area for safekeeping.

Next is the ruler, which is displayed in inches and centimeters - a total of 3 inches, or 7 centimeters, which is half the pen's body length.  Because of its hexagonal shape, using the ruler is an easy task.
As is its next function, the level.  Built inside the barrel, a green liquid provides enough contrast to visualize the bubble when level surfaces are in question, and a regular size level is not available.

I am thoroughly impressed with the quality and craftsmanship used in constructing this pen, and I look forward to having many years of use with it.  You can purchase the Multi Tool 4 in 1 Level Pen at the neatoshop.com for $14.95 plus $5.00 for shipping.  You won't be sorry you did.

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