Review: Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Ballpoint Pen

Oh no, a ballpoint! Ha. No, I kid. I don’t mind them.

I won this pen during National Stationery Week this year… I won it from… I actually don’t remember? But I won it. That was a fairly long time ago, now I think about it. So, I obviously didn’t buy it, and I wasn’t asked to review it, I’ve just been using it for the last couple of days and thought that I would.


This ballpoint is triangular in shape, and most of the body is covered in small, raised dots that act like a grip section. Faber Castell actually do pencils like this, and I’m not a fan of those for some reason; I like the triangular shape but the dots feel odd on a pencil (and I think the lead is too light for my taste, even though they write well for pencils, but I digress). But on this pen? Love them. I’m also one of those people who turns their pens while writing so the triangular shape makes that much easier. Oddly, I don’t do it as much with pencils or at all with fountain pens, but I do with everything else? The shape of the pen and the dots make this pen really rather comfortable to hold, unlike a lot of other ballpoints I have.

There are ten different body colours; mine is the “petrol” colour and I love it. It’s so pretty. There’s plenty of different body colours (ten!) to suit anyone’s taste, and there’s a pretty decent range of refills (Faber-Castell do a ‘gel-refill’ in the right style, as do Parker I believe but there are plenty of others that will fit). I’ve only tried the one it comes with in mine – that’s the Faber-Castell Ballpoint Pen Refill – Medium, Blue. I’ve only ever tried that one because… I haven’t used it up yet and I don’t have any other refills to hand to swap out.

Speaking of the refill though… I actually quite like it. I think it’s pretty smooth for what it is – a ballpoint refill. And not just on good paper; it feels pretty nice on mega cheap sticky notes too. I haven’t experienced any blobbing, and I don’t think it really skips a lot; but that’s my personal opinion. That might have something to do with the fact that I have an average-ly heavy hand and I don’t write at the speed of the Flash or something.

The clip is pretty solid, I think but also pretty rigid – it’ll fit onto a cotton shirt pocket and maybe some sheets of paper but nothing too thick. It looks good though and I do think it feels pretty effortless to write with.

Final verdict? Pick one up and play with refills; there’s bound to be a combination for you. Sometimes a ballpoint will just have to do, or it’ll be the only thing that will work, so you might as well make it a good one, right?

Get your own from Cult Pens, here.
No, I’m not sponsored(I wish right? Ha.) – I’m just a really happy customer.

img041(My goodness my handwriting is terrible. I am so sorry.)


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