Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pen Fine Point – Black Ink and Blue Ink

2 05 2012


Back before I discovered such things as JetPens, good paper, and super-smooth ballpoint pens, I was utterly addicted to the Pentel RSVP and never left the house without my Moleskine and at least one Pentel RSVP in my pocket.


The RSVP is the signature pen I think of when I think of the name “Pentel”. When they went on sale I would buy them by the dozen. I’m still finding Pentel RSVPs in nearly every drawer I open.

Nothing fancy, but who needs fancy when these babies would go on sale five for a dollar?

The design is straightforward, yet appealing. I was always particularly fond of the fine point, because it had silver lettering on the barrel (looks nice, no?) These pens were durable, yet replaceable, and fun to chew on (don’t worry, I don’t chew on pens anymore).

This end needs some work

You may notice I keep slipping into the past tense when talking about the RSVP, and here’s why: writing quality. This pen has fallen out of my favor due to constant ink issues. My old Moleskines are filled with blobs and smears. A serious writing session would leave the side of my hand riddled with ink.

There’s even a big ink smear on the nose cone. What a mess.

Comparing standard office pens (the kind corporations tend to order), I’d take the RSVP any day, blobs and all, over a Pilot G2 or a Bic stick. But this isn’t a go-to pen for me. Even Pentel’s own Vicuna ink is much smoother, darker, and less blobby; put that ink in the RSVP body, and you’d have quite the top-notch office pen. I daresay it could even put up a fair fight against a Jetstream, especially if such a RSVP-Vicuna hybrid clocked in at a cheaper price.

All aboard the nostalgia express

If you’re ordering for your office and Jetstreams aren’t an option, then go for the RSVP. Otherwise, they’re not worth getting more of (unless you’re feeling particularly nostalgic), and you should probably find some underprivileged youths to give the ones you’ve already got.

Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pens at JetPens

Also found just about anywhere pens are sold



4 responses

18 05 2012
Monday Morning Review Round-up | The European Paper Company

[…] Pen Intended: Ohto Rook Fountain Pen & Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Pen & Bic “For Her” Gel Ink […]

12 11 2014
Schneider Assortment – Top Quality German Pens | No Pen Intended

[…] standard pens that look similar to other pen lines (such as the ones that look like cousins of a Pentel R.S.V.P. or a Uni rollerball), and the modern fun ones. The ones that look like the R.S.V.P. are known as […]

2 10 2015
Review: Pentel R.S.V.P., Ballpoint Pen, 0.7mm | Pens and Junk

[…] The final word goes to No Pen Intended who also points out the blobbing issue. Still, she says she prefers them to the Pilot G-2. […]

15 11 2015
Pen Review: Pentel RSVP Ballpoint Fine Point | Amazon Discounts

[…] Other reviews: Rhonda Eudaly2, No Pen Intended3. […]

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