Friday, August 26, 2011

Tombow Airpress Ballpoint Pen

I know this pen has been reviewed several times already, one by Brad of Pen Addict Blog, but I just had to add my two cents, because it is one of those unusual feature having writing instruments.  Oh, and for all the Multi Pen fans out there, no I haven't stopped reviewing them, instead I am giving props to pens with special features which enhance the writing experience.  I promise to resume the reviews of Multi Pens real soon. 
However, the Tombow Airpress is one of those pens that should have special mention, for more than one reason. 

First, it has a rubber barrel, which speaks to it being an all-weather and go anywhere writing instrument.  It just feels comfortable in your hand when writing.  I mean this pen deserves to be in my messenger bag, really!  The other thing about this pen is the employment of an air pressure plunger/cap which when pressed, allows the writer to write in virtually any position; ala the Fisher Space Pen.  It's a little short, 12 cm, but that can be an advantage depending on where you want to carry it.  It has a thickness that I like, which feels substantial when holding this pen.  It also has a small window on the side which allows one to see the Airpress in action.  Quite cool! 

Airpress also has a spring-loaded pocketclip that allows it to be attached just about anywhere.  In addition, it has a lanyard ring built in the top side, allowing one to tie rings/cord to the user or user's equipment.  The finger grip section has black plastic stripes which provide both an aesthetically pleasing attraction to the pen design, and allows a better grip angle when writing. 

Performance -
Tombow Airpress has a 0.7 mm tip that delivers a very smooth thin writing line when pen meets paper.  And because of the rubber grip, combined with its thick build, Airpress won't tire your fingers out if writing for extended periods.  This is truly a remarkable little pen!  It may not be a multi pen, but its functionality is so superb, that I highly recommend the Tombow Airpress Ballpoint Pen!

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