Monday, March 19, 2012

Product Review: Pilot Varsity Pens

You know you have the best "little" brother ever (he's 11 inches taller than me), when in response to a post about pens he sends you a couple of much-easier-to-write-with fountain pens. All together now, "Awwww, that's so sweet!" It is, really.

So I am happy to have another pen product to review! I won't review the kind of pen that you have to trace down, or that is unduly expensive. Lupus patients have enough financial strains. But I will say that one of the pens I was sent is, and I had never heard of such a thing, a disposable fountain pen. And it is a wonderful thing.

The Positives:
The Pilot Varsityis the name of this wonderful thing. And let me tell you, it is much easier to write with any ballpoint pen I've ever used. It takes very little pressure to write with, it has a nice even line, and you get the snob appeal of writing with a fountain pen. Even better, it comes in colors! (I'm a sucker for color, can you tell? I blame my fiber artist mother for that particular trait).

The (Semi-) Negatives:
There is a semi-downside to these pens, which is that they are disposable. True pen snobs won't like that; me, I find it convenient. The other more real downside is that, like all fountain pens, it is much easier to get ink on your fingers unintentionally (she said, looking at her own blackened fingers). So, if you have small children or Sams around, you might want to keep them out of reach. They are also more expensive than your average ballpoint pen.

 So, while these pens are more expensive than the  Paper Mate InkJoy pens I reviewed last week, they are also considerably easier to use, and (in my opinion) a much better product for someone with hand or wrist problems. My brother assures me that if you look online you can find the Pilot Varsity pens for roughly $1.00 a piece before shipping. Amazon charges about twice that, but that's still not going to break the bank the way a traditional fountain pen might.


  1. thanks sam i have one i love it but some times ink gets on fingers love your cane selection i want pink one purple one aney idea it cant break bank i also want heating blanket with heating slipper socks aney idea i cant aford sun preotection clothing hope your doing better hugs sharon...aney thing thats a sale item a plus

  2. I don't know if this counts as breaking the bank, but there is one here at ebay: .

    I have a sunbeam electric blanket. I like it a lot. If you want a cheaper option, you can get a "throw" rather than a full blanket. Just as warm, just a smaller blanket. Heated slipper socks I don't know about, but you can buy these: and put them in your slippers or socks.

    I know, sun-protection clothing is ridiculously expensive. I don't know if it really works, but Dharma trading company claims to have something that will make cotton clothes more sun-resistant. It's here: . Like I say, I haven't tried it, but if it does what it claims, then it's a much cheaper way to protect yourself than having to buy the special clothes!

  3. In my opinion, Pilot has always been better than Paper Mate.

    1. I'd never looked into the differences well enough to have a strong preference, but now I totally agree with you! Pilot pens are awesome.

  4. Meet the 206 members of the Pilot Varsity fountain pen club on Facebook, below. BTW, you CAN refill a Varsity. See all the YouTube videso showing several techniques, all easy. Then you start trying out all the cool custom fountain pen inks ont the market, like Noodlers. C'mon over and join the group, here:!/groups/197623255226/!/groups/197623255226/