Product Type: Parker in Homeware
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A great pen to own
Parker Slinger II Ball Point Pen
Member Name: stillclueless
Parker Slinger II Ball Point Pen
Advantages: Great writer and excellent quality
I think everyone needs to have a good pen. As part of my job I need to write things down (or in my case scribble) to make sure I get all of the information I need for a particular job. My favourite pen unfortunately got pinched by one of our higher powers on one of his visits to the office and I was lost without it, so as a sneaky Christmas gift a couple of years ago, I got a brand new shiny parker pen in the form of the slinger II ballpoint pen.
I'm sure everyone is familiar with the parker brand name...it certainly is a brand I recognise as having been around for a long time and is a company that manufactures reliable high quality writing implements so I tend to think with parker you just can't go wrong.
===About the Parker Slinger II===
This particular pen is just the perfect size for me - small, fat and easy to hold, with the appearance of a bullet. The pen comes with a lanyard and although I don't use it I can see the theory behind it....never lose your pen (or get it stolen) again by using the lanyard that comes attached so you can hang it round your neck or attach it to your wrist and always know it's whereabouts, this fortunately is detachable so does not have to remain attached to the pen. The body of the pen is chrome plated which makes it nice and shiny complete with a rubberised grip making it easy to hold. I believe the plastic trim comes in different colours but my particular trim is a dark blue colour which helps me to remember that it is a blue ink ballpoint pen. The pen has a retractable mid section and is complete with a clip if you want to attach to a binder. After 2 years the clip on my pen has broken and is now half the size if once was so the plastic isn't that durable
Over time the rubber grip has stretched with the pressure of my fingers and continuous use so it overlaps the screw tip ever so slightly but this doesn't hinder my use of the product.
The writing quality of the pen is as I would expect from a Parker. There are no ink shortage problems and the pen writes freely, constantly flowing. As indicated previously I have had the pen for around 2 years and the ink has yet to run out. The pen can be opened up to replace the ink cartridge which is a basic parker ballpoint cartridge in a medium size. Simply unscrew the pen nib and the cartridge slides out - replace with the same colour or if you feel adventurous you could even change the colour if your little heart desires, opting for black instead of blue.
===Price and Availability===
Unfortunately the slinger II is no longer part of the parker catalogue but can be purchased from a number of retailers on line with the majority of these pens being available on ebay and amazon for around £3.50. You can currently buy a pack of 2 refills on Amazon for £1.55 which is a bargain - with shipping the total cost would be £3.35 delivered.
==My overall thoughts and opinion==
I think this parker pen is a great little writing implement to have at my desk at work - it's not a very stylish pen but in my opinion how stylish do writing implements need to be. In the 2 years I have owned this pen it has never let me down and as it's a little bulkier than your average pen it's a little harder to misplace. The fact that it's re-fillable means that this pen will just keep on going and shouldn't ever need to be replaced - a top quality product in my opinion and highly recommended
Summary: Perfect Parker
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