The Berol Handwriting Cartridge pen has received a makeover. Known to be a favourite with school children & teachers alike, & apparently used by over 2 million children a year. This cartridge pen comes in a blister pack with a spare cartridge (one is also supplied inside the pen), they are available with blue or black ink.
So what is different?
Well there's the conventional gold coloured nib for starters, the earlier ones were silver. The nib has been improved to stand up to even the heaviest handed writers.
There is also the addition of a black rubber ring above the soft grip area under the pen, said to decrease the chances of calluses that can form after intensive use, allegedly some children have been known to complain of this after exams for instance. The ring should also stop the smallest of fingers from coming into contact with the nib.
The new look Berol has the same washable ink, a saving grace for parents on laundry days as it should be easily removed from most fabrics. Another new feature is that the ink is now unfading & said to flow for longer, giving schools more value for their money.
The new design still has the distinctive red barrel, although the colour is a more vibrant shade & has a new ergonomic shape, where its predecessor was straight. One thing I did notice was that although the new look pen I have has blue ink the cap is grey/black & therefore is no longer colour coded. It has also lost the small ink window from the barrel.
For a medium nib I found it produced a relatively fine line. Once I managed to get the ink to flow, after several twists of the cartridge, it did produce a smooth line.
The rubber finger stop just below the nib is positioned so that the middle finger rests comfortably & the pen is lightweight & comfortable to write with. Changing the cartridge is simple, a turn or two towards you to open & back to close.
As the smokey grey translucent cap clicks firmly into place, which should ensure that the youngest of users can place on the tip & prevent a sea of ink leaking over the contents of their bags.
I note that Berol still refer to the Handwriting Cartridge pen as disposable. Whilst the price is reasonable, I can't see why you wouldn't want to recycle a refillable pen, particularly as most international long or short cartridges will fit.