Once upon a time I wrote on paper, quite a bit; journals, stories, to do lists, you name it. Like most people I find myself using a keyboard more often then a pen these days, and the pens at my place are now mainly used to jot down grocery lists, or address the occasional envelope.
Paper Mate did some research and discovered that now-a-days what folks really want are pens that are as smooth and effortless to use as a tablet stylus.
Paper Mate’s mission was simple: to develop an ink system that would provide effortless writing. They wanted a pen that started quickly without dragging, required minimal pressure from the hand, and delivered crisp, clean lines every time. But most of all, they wanted to bring back the joy to writing, so it felt right to call it InkJoy.
InkJoy addresses this need by combing a unique blend of ultra-low viscosity ink with optimized writing tips for delivering the ink. The result is effortless writing that is very different from ball pens, gels or rollers.
I was given a selection of the new InkJoy pens to try out and I was impressed with the bright colours, the lovely dark black, and the smooth blotchless ink flow. Dang, these pens make me want to write on paper. Also, they write so smoothly, and the bright colours are so pretty, they totally make me feel like a kid in highschool again, by which I mean they give me the strongest urge to doodle.
I tried pens from the Ink Joy 100 series, the 300 series and the 700 series. All three types wrote smoothly, effortlessly, never needing a scribble to get started. To me the only real difference was the outward appearance of the pens. The 100 series has caps to keep track of, while the 300 and 700 series are retractable. I thought the 700 series was a rather beautiful looking pen, and the tapered shape and rubberized grip made it a delight to hold. I only wish the 700 series, which comes in the classic shades of black, blue or red, was available in all of the bright funky colours that the other lower numbers are.
Overall, these new pens are aptly named, as they are truly a joy to write (and doodle!) with. You can pick the new InkJoy pens up across Canada, wherever Paper Mate products are sold.
Disclosure: I received tons of InkJoy pens (and some other goodies, as described above), which genuinely made me want to write and doodle all over the place. As always my words and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the product received.