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Monday, 1 June 2009

Review: Pilot B2P retractable gel pen.

Following another of my darling daughter's shopping trips, this interesting new offering arrived on my desk at the weekend.

Pilot B2P seen here posing with a Ryman's large Moleskine-esque notebook.

The Pilot B2P is another gel pen which uses the ubiquitous G2 refill, so little needs to be said about the writing qualitites of this pen; if you're familiar with the characteristics of G2 ink, you'll know what to expect.

The unique selling point of the B2P however, is the pen barrel, which is manufactured from recyled mineral water bottles and is styled to match, complete with a mineral water-esque label round the middle of the barrel. That explains the name, B2P - Bottle to Pen.

For some reason it looks as though there should be some 'give' in the plastic barrel as there would be in an empty mineral water bottle but no, the barrel's rock solid and well made, so no worries on that score. According to the Pilot website, the B2P will take both 0.7mm and 0.5mm G2 refills, access to the refill is via unscrewing the nib end of the pen.

Other than the styling, the B2P is nothing special to be honest, and whilst it's an interesting, if not remarkable pen, the only thing this pen-thusiast can find to recommend the B2P (apart from the quality G2 ink, that is) is the sheer novelty value of what it's manufactured from. Nevertheless, the good quality ink and unusual styling make the B2P an interesting addition to any pen-thusiast's collection.

At a Glance:

Colour choice: Barrel transparent blue, with black, blue or red ink.
Available from: Ryman in the UK, CultPens online, Pilot stockists.
Price: £1.76 - £1.99
Overall rating: 3 out of 5



Unknown said...

Haven't seen this one before. Although I'm not a fan of G-2 inks, it looks interesting. I can think of a few people who would probably like one as a gift. :)

Sam said...

I tend to find G2 refills either work perfectly and are virtually indestructible, or begin to skip and blob very quickly and are useless - no half measures but a bit of a lottery when my pen runs out!

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