Pentel Libretto Pen & Pencil Set — and GIVEAWAY!

20 12 2012
Pens AND pencils---TOGETHER?!?!?

Pens AND pencils—TOGETHER?!?!?

You know how these things start. I get an email that begins with “do you want—” and I’m already shouting YES PLEASE as I reply with my mailing address before they can even get out the words “free pen sample.”

Does this desk look dimly lit to you? Or do I need to change my contacts?

Does this desk look dimly lit to you? Or do I need to change my contacts?

Usually I’m skeptical of gift sets when it comes to the world of writing utensils. No good reason for it, really. If I don’t like something, there’s usually a good reason. Gift pen and pencil sets are the exception. I distrust them without any justification.

The subtle accents somehow seem festively appropriate. Or maybe that's the red felt. Maybe the accents really indicate the number of times the pen was distilled. 150-proof pen, ladies and gents.

The subtle accents somehow seem festively appropriate. Or maybe that’s the red felt. Maybe the accents really indicate the number of times the pen was distilled. 150-proof pen, ladies and gents.

But I’m glad I gave these a shot. They’re simple yet elegant, with classy accents and a nice feel in the hand. I’d take them to a dinner party; wouldn’t you?

Pencil? Bueno. Rollerball? Not so bueno.

Pencil? Bueno. Rollerball? Not so bueno.

The pencil I found myself reaching for time and again on recent craft / notebook-making projects. The pen, however, is a bit of a let-down. It doesn’t apply well over pencil, meaning it’s a no-go for art use, and I had some occasional skipping. Not to fear though.

I doubt Pentel appreciates me kicking their refill out for a Uni-ball Jetstream refill, but maybe I wouldn't have to if they'd stock the Vicuna in American retail stores.

I doubt Pentel appreciates me kicking their refill out for a Uni-ball Jetstream refill, but maybe I wouldn’t have to if they’d stock the VIcuna in American retail stores.

Joyous wonder, the Jetstream refill fits in this body. So you can have a fancy all-fine-occasions pen with a delicious Jetstream center (and if you love the person you’d be giving this to, you WILL open it up and put a Jetstream refill in the pen).

 

For all your favorite gift-based holidays!

For all your favorite gift-based holidays!

Now, on to the good stuff.

 

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THE GIVEAWAY RULES!

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  1. To enter, just leave one comment on this post any time between now and Thursday, December 27th 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. Since I’ll be sending this myself, and I’m not made of loot and dough, I’m limiting this contest to U.S. residents only. Sorry!
  2. One winner will be picked at random from the comments section of this post. Make any kind of comment—but only one comment! Comments in excess of one shall be deleted. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. Because my blog doesn’t seem to number the comments on its own yet, and I STILL don’t will probably never have time/the willpower to fix it, I will again hand-number all the entries in Photoshop like I did here. The Random Integer Generator at random.org will be used to pick the number of the winner.
  3. I’ll post the contest winner on Friday, December 28th. Winner will have one week to email me. There’s a link to my email at the top of the right sidebar.

Good luck everyone!

Many thanks to Pentel for providing these sets for me to review and for the extra to give away!

Pentel Libretto Pen & Pencil Set

 

 

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22 responses

20 12 2012
edjelley

I hope I win…

20 12 2012
Martin

My wife “misplaced” her favorite Parker pen, she was most upset :( Perhaps I could win these for her!

20 12 2012
Vikram Shah

Sounds like fun! Thanks for the giveaway. Hope I win!

20 12 2012
Scott

I would like to win this set and try out the Jetstream refill just as you recommended.

20 12 2012
millicent

I understand your skepticism regarding sets. It is great that you were willing to vet this one and share the results!

20 12 2012
Art Toys

Happiest and inkiest of holidays to you!

20 12 2012
PilotG2.38

Pentel makes some great pens!

20 12 2012
Katherine H.

This is an awesome giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity

21 12 2012
Jean Ju

The Pentel Libretto pen and pencil are very special. I have not seen these kind of pen and pencil before.
Thank you for excellent giveaway.

21 12 2012
Brian Excarnate

Is the pencil .5 or .7 or…?

21 12 2012
kp

Happy Holidays! =)

21 12 2012
alexcu

This looks awesome!

21 12 2012
heatherwilliamson

The giveaway rules! Thanks for the tip about changing out the rollerball insert, too!

22 12 2012
Arleigh

Awesome giveaway!

22 12 2012
A. Rivera

Looks like a nice little set. Commenting to see if I win.

Best, and keep on blogging.

23 12 2012
Luke

This looks amazing haha

23 12 2012
klio

It’s kind of pretty :) Also, that’s an exceptionally pretty eye today. Also, I cannot resist a giveaway contest without shouting YES PLEASE.

25 12 2012
Lee Edwardsen

I never get what I really want for Christmas. I couldn’t say that if these show up in the mailbox. Thanks for offering them

25 12 2012
HH

Thanks for a great giveaway!

27 12 2012
amable

It’s a really nice set.
Happy holidays! (btw I discovered this blog while researching Leuchtturm notebooks)

27 12 2012
bizmiard

Woah, didn’t get a notification for this.. wow :P nice set :)

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