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Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point, Limited Edition Tropical & Assorted Colors, 12-Count
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- Add a blast of fun to all your writing with 12 bright colors
- Medium Point felt tip (0.7mm) produces bold, expressive lines to match your personality
- Smear- and fade-resistant, so smudges are officially history
- Water-based ink won¡¯t bleed through paper so your writing stays put
- The point guard prevents the tip from fraying, so the party never stops
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- Bright colors make your writing pop
- Smear-resistant ink won’t bleed through paper
- Point Guard prevents fraying
- Medium felt tip makes bold, expressive marks
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point
Fact: dull, smudgy ink is a downer. So boost your writing fun-factor with Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens! With bright colors and smear-resistant ink that won’t bleed through the page, these colored pens make writing a blast. The Medium Point (0.7mm) writes in bold, colorful lines so you can make a major statement. With Flair Pens, there’s no limit to your fun.
Bright Colors that Pop
Make writing seriously fun with your choice of 32 brilliant colors! Whether you’re taking notes, journaling or expressing your creative side, these felt pens are sure to inspire.
Smear-Resistant, No-Bleed Ink
Loaded with water-based ink that's specially designed to never blead through paper and resist fading, you enjoy neat, smear-free notes, doodles and journals.
Medium Point with Point Guard
Each porous point pen has a Point Guard that extends pen life and stops fraying before it starts so the party never stops. Add on a bold 0.7mm medium point and you enjoy expressive marks even after repeated use.
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PEN CASING: The shaft and casing for the old set has a fluted barrel and a white holder for the felt tip. The new barrels are smooth with a clear holder for the felt tip. I thought I would dislike this change in texture at first, but I have not found it to affect my writing in any negative way and I still find them easy to hold onto. I actually really like the changes. I purchased the 16-pack with wallet case. I did not realize that "wallet" meant that it comes with its own reusable plastic holder. I have shown this in the images and I love this feature!
TIP: The tip of my old set and new set are both medium thickness. The width is still very similar as you can see from the images.
SATURATION: Since my old set is, well, old, you can see from the text I wrote that they are starting to dry out a bit (especially the olive one). But hey! 10+ years and I am so pleased that these have lasted this long! I am super happy with the new set. You can see from the image that they obviously makes a smoother and more saturated line than my old set. They feel smoother to write with as well. I am also a LEFTY, so pen smearing is an issue with graphite pencils, gel pens, and other types of inks that don't dry to the paper immediately. These pens provide no smearing and are colorfast to page as soon as I write with them.
USAGE: I use them for note taking, calendar colorizing, old school letter writing, but mostly for drawing and creating custom typefaces for artwork and graphic design. Perhaps it just depends on what you need to use them for as to whether or not the change will bother you. For me, these pens are still my #1 brand. I have tried a number of other felt tip options and these are still the most awesome!
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NOTE: I also wanted to try out the ultra fine tip flair pens and got those as well, but those are extremely fine (I guess that's why they are "ultra fine"). The thing that I really like about the flair pens (MD point) is that they have a nice grip and they write smoothly. The only thing that I don't like necessarily like is the scratching sound that comes from it when I write with force- but then the solution to that is...don't write with force!
My advise: if you write small and separated- use a sharpie pen. If you write big/bubbly or normal( computer style) - use a medium tip flair pen. If you write cursive and write lightly - use the flair ultra fine tip pens.
A few months ago, I went to the supply cabinet at my office to grab a couple of my trusty paper mates. I popped open the box (not a whole lot of people go for the felt tip pens, so I usually open them up) and was very very surprised by what was inside. For as long as I've been around, paper mate pens were glossy colored, smooth, and had half millimeter lines that ran parallel to the shaft of the pen. I used to put my thumbnail in the grooves and spin the pen to make a "ZZZZIPPP" noise. These new pens though... they were not right. They're matte in color, the shaft is bare, with a very cheap quality screen print "Paper Mate" marking on it. I would bet my paycheck that the factory in Mexico where these pens now come from, make pens for 100 different companies. I'm sure they're all the same pen, with the only difference being the screenprinted name on each pen. My old paper mates had a white tip guard, with just the colored tip sticking out about a millimeter. These pens now have a clear tip guard and the tip sticks out about twice as far. I know, big deal right? Well, yes, it is a big deal. Now, if you press too hard, the tip will deform, and the pen will be useless.
So, having discovered these new style paper mate pens, I had to know if they were all this poorer quality. I came to Amazon and ordered 2 boxes of black, 2 boxes of green, and 2 of these multi-color packs. Yes, every single one of them was this cheap knock-off pen. I did a side by side comparison with my old green pen and a new one. The new ink is significantly lighter. All of the colors seem to get much lighter after the ink dries. The caps are much lower quality, as would be expected.
The pens themselves are not terrible, but compared to the old Flairs, they are complete garbage. It's unfortunate that companies are still sacrificing quality and customer satisfaction, all in the name of our hyper-inflated dollar.
In the face of the United State's current economic crisis, and the obvious need for American manufacturing, it is shameful of Paper mate's parent company to kill even more jobs and pass this low quality product off on the consumers. With the economy the way it is, consumers now want more bang for their buck. NewellRubbermaid is the company that now owns Paper Mate, so it is no surprise that they would move manufacturing to foreign soil. They have ruined the name of a fantastic American company by sacrificing quality and integrity for an easy buck, the same as they did with the original Rubbermaid containers.
I apologize for the long winded review, but here's what I think in a nutshell. These pens are okay for what they are. They should NOT be called paper mate flairs. If these pens were XYZ Corporation Felt Tip Pens, they would be a fantastic product. At over $1 per pen though, these are absolutely NOT worth it. You pay a premium for Paper Mate pens, because they WERE premium pens. NewellRubbermaid thinks they can fool us and charge more for cheap, low quality knock-off products. Show them we are smarter than that. Avoid these if you can, if not for quality, then for principal.