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Thursday, February 23, 2012

More New Pens from JetPens

Last month I wrote that JetPens sent me a coupon code to order $25 worth of pens every month from January through April. Let's just say that their little idea is costing me money and getting me addicted to some new pens! I think they knew that in advance.

This month I ordered more than $25 worth of items. In fact, I ordered twice. The first batch of goodies I ordered was:

Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen - 12 Color Set
-I thought that it would be fun to order a new batch of markers to color with. They are $25 and honestly, I don't like them. At all. They bleed. Not only do they bleed through my heavy cardstock that I use but when I use them with other pens, they don't get along very well. I'm disappointed but I am VERY happy that I could use the JetPens gift certificate on it as opposed to my own money. Would I recommend these? No. Sorry!

The rest of the order was $57 worth of
my own money and I LOVE everything else that I ordered:

IL Felt Bag-in-Bag - Mustard Yellow
-I usually carry large purses and I can never find anything in them. I saw this divider and instantly saw potential in all of the little dividers and pockets. When the order arrived, this was the first thing I took out of the package. I opened it up, cleaned out my purse and placed it in the bottom. Voila, it fit perfectly! Now I have everything stored where I can find it. I also like the color (it's available in other colors). I'm one happy camper.

I ordered three more of the Kuretake Zig Letter CocoIro pens. I.
love. these. pens. I wrote about them before here. I've changed my mind, though, from what I said previously about them. I WILL be buying them in every color. I love them. They are a nice fine tip point. They're not great for coloring a lot of area but for writing and drawing, they are amazing. Everyone whom I've let try mine has loved them. The colors that I ordered in this batch were:

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill-Super Fine-Blue Black

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill-Super Fine-Sunset Orange

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill-Super Fine-Red

Folks have said that you can use the refills by themselves as they come with their own caps. However, I am a bit leery of just throwing them in my bag so that they possibly could get squished and leak (having had pens do this in the past, I don't want a repeat performance.) So, I opted to order the pen bodies/cases for each refill. I do wish that the bodies matched the colors of the ink better. That's really my only complaint about the pens. I don't mind that the bottom of the pen sticks out past the holder (though a few folks, including my husband, found this rather confusing when they first went to use the pen.)

The pen bodies I ordered were:

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Strawberry Red

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Starry Night Gray with Glitter

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Orange

About a week after receiving the above order, I placed another order (again with my own money) for more of the Kuretake Zig CocoIro Pens. I spent $27.71 and ordered:

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill-Superfine Sepia

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill-Cool Gray

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Refill-Brush Type Black

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Chestnut Brown

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Snowy White

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Real Black

Kuretake Zig Letter Pen CocoIro Pen Body-Ocean Blue

and for Tristan:

Iwako Zoo Novelty Eraser-Horse

The only pen in the batch that I don't love is the brush type black. I have been spoiled by the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, which I love and adore! Once you have used the best, you won't want to use anything else!

I'm now missing:

Super Fine-Blood Red

Super Fine-Cobalt Blue

Super Fine-Dark Green

Super Fine-Mint Green

Super Fine-Royal Blue

I'd also really like to try their roller ball pen. It might be a nice pen to have in my purse.

As you can see, when I fall in love with a pen, I fall hard.

No one has paid me for the above review (as I mentioned before JetPens has sent me a $25 gift certificate to be used once a month from January through April. Once the order hits about $25, it comes out of my pocket. I have spent about $85 of my own money this month on the pens that I am recommending in this post.) I only recommend pens and products that I LOVE. I do not work for any company or anyone other than MY STUDENTS!

Yes, I will eventually add the Kuretake Zig CocoIro pens to my list of favorite pens. I'm trying to find out if there are even more colors than what JetPens has listed. Obsessed much? (Yup.)

I asked this question last month and I thought I'd ask it again this month, for March are there any pens or product ($25 or under) from JetPens that you'd like to see me review?

And in case you're wondering, I'm not ordering anything else (unless I absolutely run out of something for class) for awhile as I am saving for this and my credit card needs a serious break.


Cat said...

What a bummer about those Sakura Koi markers--I just bought a set too but haven't really used them yet (color tested on a piece of copy paper is all!!) You have convinced me to try the Kuretake Zig what-cha-ma-callit pens so I just ordered a couple of those. Those new tapes you're saving up for are so neat!!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Cat, maybe you'll like them! I just have other markers that I color with that I love better and these ain't them! ;)

I like the Tombow Playcolor 2 pens which I've bought at Kinokuniya. I LOVE those. Hands down, they are my favorite marker to color with:

I like them better than the U.S. version of Tombows.

MarleneMAZ said...

Thanks for the reviews. I too was interested in the Sakura Koi markers but will save my money now, well until your next review anyway :)

irene said...

I am just loving your posts on products~~ you know how I love new art toys.

Evelin said...

Oooh... I almost wanted to buy the Sakura ones too but they we out of stock and in my wish list.. Just took them out.. Thanks for the review!

Am gonna check out the kuretake pens for sure! They look oh so cute! Do you have sample of how they look like when u write with them? :)


Heather K Ross said...

Thanks for the share! I'll be sure to check these out. :)

cookievf said...

Thanks, kelly! Always love your reviews and appreciate the time spent to share all the juicy details (huge jet pen fan). Love the felt purse thingy and going to check out a few pens!! Oh no!!
- vicki :D