Pilot B2P Bottle to Pen Gel Ink Pen – 0.7 mm – Blue Ink

13 09 2013
Now I just need a bottle made out of recycled pens and the cycle will be complete

Now I just need a bottle made out of recycled pens and the cycle will be complete

I’ve had this pen for a while, resting first in a general all-purpose “To Review” drawer, and then, around when I moved, I promoted it to the smaller, elite “Cool-Looking Pens to Review” drawer. And there it sat in all my laziness until an inquisitive nudge made me realize I still hadn’t reviewed this pen.

Warning: do not fill B2P with water. Results will not be satisfactory.

Warning: do not fill B2P with water. Results will not be satisfactory.

I like the look of it. The nigh-gimmicky plastic-bottle-reproduction body works for me, right down to the bottle label. It’s cute, it’s clever. I appreciate the feel-goodery of a product containing 89% recycled content. This is an all-around improvement over the standard G2.

Needs a tiny nutrition facts table.

Needs a tiny nutrition facts table.

But I find the hard plastic body uncomfortable to write with for any significant stretch. If you write like a normal human being, with a tripod grip, it’s likely this won’t be such a problem for you. But if you write like me, with the ungainly grip of a ridge-browed troglodyte, you may find this pen uncomfortable.

I wonder if there's a significant difference in blue vs. black Pilot G2 ink performance. Maybe my problem all along is I've been using black, when the acceptably mediocre champion is blue.

I wonder if there’s a significant difference in blue vs. black Pilot G2 ink performance. Maybe my problem all along is I’ve been using black, when the acceptably mediocre champion is blue.

Quality control, in my experience with the Pilot G2 refills, is the pen equivalent of playing Russian Roulette with a gun that’s 80% loaded full of writing-killing, poor performance bullets. Maybe I’m just a particularly unlucky punk. But in this pen-stance, the G2 refill has thus far written without any major hair-pulling problems. Nothing phenomenal, nothing atrocious. In keeping with the Be Green branding, the pen is easily refillable with any size or color G2 refill you happen to fancy (I would suggest the 0.38mm refill, as it is the only G2 that has not consistently brought me despair).

The multi-packs should come in a reused plastic water bottle, full of B2Ps. Genius. Pilot, you may now shower me with your moneydollars for this marketing gold.

The multi-packs should come in a reused plastic water bottle, full of B2Ps. Genius. Pilot, you may now shower me with your moneydollars for this marketing gold.

It may not be entirely comfortable for me, but I like the direction this B2P takes the G2. It’s a thoughtful design, both aesthetically and environmentally.

You can find these pens in box stores, at JetPens, and on Amazon.

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14 09 2013
plumdum

Hoss, you totally led this horse to water AND made him drank — I saw what you did there, Dirty Harry, “particularly unlucky punk” is pure awesome sauce!

Now about the pen. At first glance I thought a ‘Bottle To Pen Gel Ink Pen’ would be a bottled gel ink vacuum-filling system similar to what TWSBI has done with their fountain pens. At least I hoped it involved a nice glass or well made plastic bottle of one’s favorite color of Pilot gel ink. But no, it is literally a pen body made from recycled water bottles which looks and apparently feels, and probably smells like, a…plastic water bottle.

Don’t misunderstand my disappointment. All net corporate greenness is a boon to society, that is not what I am on about. It is my invincible expectation of novelty that has been dashed, and I disapprove of the designation “B2P”, which strays uncomfortably close for my tastes to the fraught term “R2P” (Responsibility To Protect) much of late in the news in the realm of foreign affairs. While neither of these idiosyncratic responses can be reasonably laid at the feet of Pilot, it is surprising to hear of the alarming failure rate of their refills. That sounds like ‘greediness’, not ‘greenness’.

16 09 2013
genericrefills

Reblogged this on Generic Refills and commented:
My first re-blog. I have a Pilot-Namiki vanishing point fountain pen that I truly love so I’ve got a soft spot for Pilot pens. This is a blog post about a very green Pilot pen.

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