In my last post I mentioned I would be starting a couple of new features on this blog. Today I am revealing the first! During National Stationery Week I found some new companies so I thought I would write a series of posts introducing them and review some products I have either won or purchased from them.
The first retailer I am writing about is The Pen Company. They are a family run online retailer based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire UK but they do ship internationally too.
I won a Sheaffer VFM ballpoint pen from The Pen Company in a competition held through their Twitter account. They also have a Facebook page and are readily available through both. I like being able to tweet or post a message and get a quick response on social media. They are also very active online and post interesting links and reviews so it is worth giving them a follow or a like.
|Sheaffer VFM ballpoint pen from The Pen Company|
I was emailed by James at The Pen Company the day after I was announced as a winner (very quick customer service!) and I gave him my address details. A couple of days later I received a second email which was a dispatch notice for my "order", again great service. I do like a company who lets me know when my goods are on the way so I can start stalking my postman until they arrive.
VFM stands for Vibrant, Fun and Modern and I think this sums up the range perfectly. I love the simple but stylish design of the pen and the colour I received, ultra mint, is stunning!
I decided to put the pen through it's paces by writing a quick review of it. I found it to be comfortable to use and the ink flowed smoothly which is great, I can't stand a scratchy pen!
The pen is made from metal with a smooth lacquered finish and nickel plated trim. It looks and feels a lot more expensive than it actually is. I said in the handwritten review that the price is $19 (USD) but I forgot to deduct the VAT so it is approx $15 (USD) depending on the exchange rate and £10.95 here in the UK. The website has a gadget at the top of the page to select the country you are in so you will get all the prices in the correct currency.
The VFM range is available in ballpoint, rollerball and fountain pens and comes in ten cool and contemporary colours:
- Matte black
- Neon blue
- Ultra mint
- Chilled blue
- Strobe silver
- Extreme purple
- Excessive red
- Radiant ruby
- Ultimate plum
- Maximum orange
- smooth writing experience
- looks great, stylish and expensive
- sits well in hand
- nice reassuring click on the push button mechanism
- comes in a gift box
- has a one year warranty
- Doesn't fit in the leather pen loops of my Filofaxes.
I feel like I am being a bit unfair with the con, the VFM wasn't designed with skinny pen loops in mind and it does fit in the elasticated loops but as most of you are Filofax users I did think I should mention it.
|In the gift box|
Overall I really like this pen, it is easy to use and easy on the eye! I would be happy to give one as a gift and just as happy to receive another one myself, I have the ultimate plum on my wishlist at the moment.
Thanks for reading!
*Disclaimer - the pen was given to me as a prize so I did not pay for it. I was not paid to write this review and as always all opinions are honest and my own. I am not affiliated with The Pen Company and will not receive any commission on any orders placed using the links on this post.