Product Type: Parker in Homeware
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Parker Vector Ballpen
Member Name: NotMyToothbrush
Parker Vector Ballpen
Advantages: Good build quality
Disadvantages: Heavy, no grip, uncomfortable
When most people think of a high quality, top end pen, they think of Parker pens. I did too, until I had my first.
I wanted a good pen for use in exams so I was bought this pen for Christmas last year. I tested it out and it seemed very nice:
The build quality initially was excellent, I could not fault it, the weight of it just enhanced the feeling of quality and you certainly did not feel like they had "cheaped out" on anything during manufacture. The ink coverage was amazing, not too much ink as to soak the paper and not so little as to make the lines faint. Even the pocket clip, which I have a tendency of breaking off, was very high quality and, surprising, after a year it is still attached.
However, I find it very uncomfortable to write with for long periods of time i.e. exams. After about half an hour of continuous writing, my finger hurt due to no padding whatsoever on the pen and the fact that I have to grip especially hard due to the pen being completely smooth and nothing to increase friction with my finger to prevent my hand slipping. The sweat on my hands during the pressure of exams makes the situation far worse too.
I have found that the substantial extra weight of this pen over other pens adds to the noise when writing, during a near silent exams hall I feel very self-conscious about writing when using this pen because of it.
The refills for these pens are surprisingly cheaper than I expected at only a couple of pounds for a pack - I was expecting it to be more expensive but when you consider that you can usually buy a PACK of decent pens for this amount, it does seem a little dear.
Summary: Great for writing once in a while, bad for long periods.
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