Zebra Arbez Piirto Ballpoint Pen – 0.7 mm – Black Body with Blue Accent – Black Ink

8 02 2012

Ballpoints are almost like pencils. They sketch almost like pencils. Minus the erasing part.

Threw this pen in originally to round out an order—I’d been eyeing it for a while, but wasn’t breaking down doors to get my hands on it. The design is intriguing, and as with most Zebra products, the price is great.

I don't interact with a lot of ice picks, so I can't attest to the resemblance of the Piirto to implements of wintry destruction

I’m glad I bought it! The design is right up my aesthetic alley. Also, reminiscent of IKEA, no? I know Finnish isn’t Swedish, but they’re right next to each other, right? Any craving of Swedish meatballs is therefore justified, right?

YOU GUYS, "ARBEZ" IS "ZEBRA" BACKWARDS. I ONLY NOTICED THIS YESTERDAY. I am probably the only one late to this party. Also, according to sources (Google), "Piirto" means "overhead" in Finnish? Significance of this: unknown.

The only thing I’m not sold on is the clip design. It looks cool—

So streamlined!

But functionally, at least for people who like to clip their pens on things, this pen leaves a bit to be desired—like the ability to lay flat against a book.

Lanyards---good. Hardcover books---bad. Softcover books---getting bent.

For me, it’s not a game killer. The number of times I clip a pen to a hardback book can pretty much be counted on one finger. But if you want to clip this to books, reconsider. It won’t end well for you. Get a different pen.

There's only so many exciting things you can say about ballpoint ink. Mostly things like "this is a Jetstream" and "this isn't a Jetstream," and "this is very nearly but not quite like a Jetstream"

You twist the tip to deploy (I’m ambivalent on this feature), and the pen you get is a nice, standard workhorse ballpoint. This is the kind of pen that should move in to replace typical, uninspired-looking stick ballpoints. If you want your business to look just a little more modern and with it? Toss your BIC sticks and get Piirto pens instead. My only warning is to watch where you keep these, as the plastic is potentially delicious to cats (my cat, anyway).

Zebra Arbez Piirto Ballpoint Pen – 0.7 mm – Black Body with Blue Accent – Black Ink at JetPens

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8 02 2012
Ken

“ARBEZ” IS “ZEBRA” BACKWARDS. I ONLY NOTICED THIS YESTERDAY. I am probably the only one late to this party…I didn’t realise until you mentioned it. I just thought it was some odd Japanese designer word.

I have the mechanical pencil version which doesn’t have a problem with the clip design as it has no clip at all. It is an ok pencil but the grip feels sort of awkward and uncomfortable after a short period of use.

Nice sleek looking design though. The white version also looks spiffy.

9 02 2012
No Pen Intended

See, originally I thought it was Finnish, and I was going to look it up online. But while I was editing the pictures, staring at that particular picture, WHAM! it hit me.

I need to try the pencil sometime, and see how the grip differs (if at all) from the pen. Of course, for longer periods of writing I gotta go with anything with an alpha gel grip. It has spoiled me.

9 02 2012
Steven Sams

I never realized the Arbez/Zebra thing and I’ve had these pens for a month or two. D’oh!i really like the Zebra F-701…just not crazy about how it writes.

11 02 2012
ccorrada

I’ve never seen it. just ordered one.

13 02 2012
Uros

Hm, I looked up “piirto” and it seems to mean “drawing” in Finnish…

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