A place to discuss floaty pens

Monday, October 5, 2009

Slight departure from floaty

I bought a Stabilo Bionic Worker pen to try it out.

Quite expensive. Apparently indestructable.

In the UK, it's called a "Builders' pen" because construction workers are called "builders."

I tried it but didn't really like it too much.

I found the texture too rubbery, the grip a bit too thick, don't really like the canary yellow. One thing I really didn't like was that the yellow rubber got very dirty and is difficult to clean. I washed it before taking this picture.

I tried this slightly more stylish Stabilo Bionic pen above, but found that it twists a bit while it's being used, creating a bit of a problem with the design. Parts of the pen are clear, but when it twists around it messes up the symmetry. I also found the paint had started to wear off a bit after not very long. It also has rubber in the black grip area. I don't like the texture.

This pen is a beauty. It's the Pilot G-2 Ex pen. It's grip is a bit rubbery, but more of a plastic feel than the Stabilo Bionic pen. I love the green colour and the silver tip. The ink is wonderful and so is the ink flow. Someone at work gave me a few of them.

Mathew Street Miracle

While in Liverpool recently I went to Mathew Street where The Beatles were "discovered" playing the Cavern. Most of the original Cavern was torn down, but it has been rebuilt next door.

I went to a Beatles souvenir shop to check out whether they warrant a floaty pen.

Indeed -- among all the commercial rubbish, was a box of Abbey Road floaty pens. I told the man in the shop that I collect floaties and that I have a blog about them.

He laughed and laughed, evidently thought it was insane, but he gave me a discount on the pens! I got them for 2.50 instead of 3 pounds.

Unfortunately, I had already found an Abbey Road pen at Windsor Castle.