The Bobino was a long resisted impulse purchase. All it took was finally finding it for a dollar less at Barnes & Noble than what it went for at the Container Store for the sale to be complete.
Finally, I can prove to you all that I’m not just swayed by a pretty barrel design. Aesthetics must go hand in hand with function, and though the flat flounder design is hip, it’s a pain to hold.
I had a very strong feeling going in that actually using the pen would pose a bit of a problem. If I grip it very loosely it’s not as bad, but then my mediocre lines get just that little bit fainter. And it’s hard to triangle-grip a pen that only has 2 sides.
In a super-smooth world, you gotta hit me with some serious bells and whistles to get a nod. This ink is merely gray, sometimes doesn’t start, and while it’s not NOT smooth, it doesn’t possess my snobbish high standard for exceptional smoothness.
Given that I always have a bag and my bag always has pens, I can’t even imagine attaching this inside a notebook (where, though it wouldn’t be significant, it would still add some bulk). If I have a notebook that needs a low profile pen on hand, the Tombow OnBook does a much better job. Emergency pen for a checkbook? Maybe, if unlike me your checkbook actually leaves the house with you. Emergency school pen? You’d be better off paying extra attention in class, or begging a pen off someone else. Even if it’s a Bic Stic or a G2, those are still suitably pen shaped.
The Bobino looks neat, but ultimately it’s just a gimmick.