RIIND Pen Kickstarter Campaign Review

This is a post I have been excited about, I've been playing around with a prototype from the Kickstarter campaign by RIIND where they're aiming to 'rewrite' the pen as we know it. You've likely seen this pen elsewhere within the pen blogging community, and rightly so. It's a machined aluminium pen, built to take almost any gel refill including the ever popular Pilot G2.

There are four key elements to this pen that have been highlighted in the campaign that set it apart from others, the continuous cam (twist mechanism), it's 'Super Clip', the textured grip and the refills it takes.

You cannot doubt the design of this pen, it's clean and it's streamlined. A straight and smooth barrel, a rounded cap and tip with knurling on the grip section and twist mechanism. It's currently available in four different colour variations and they each look crazy smart. The model I was sent is the grey anodized aluminium with a polished clip. They also have a clear anoized aluminium model with a polished clip, black anodized aluminium with a polished clip and a black anodized aluminium with a black clip. All of these options look really fantastic, especially the sophisticated all black model. Although I hope in the future they will think about adding some more colour options as I think this pen would really suit some bright blue models. (hint hint)

Lets start with the thing that has me most interested in this pen, the continuous cam twist mechanism. If you're like me and need something to play and fiddle with throughout the day you're going to absolutely love this. The end of this pen twists limitlessly 360° left or right. No matter which way you turn, each half turn will either retract or extend the tip of the pen with a satisfying click. When you get used to the motion it quickly becomes second nature.

The pocket clip on this pen has quite a unique and striking look. It's asymmetrical design pivots from two points on the pen, rather than the material bending as it would in a generic pocket clip. This means that no matter the thickness of material you're clipping your pen to, it will have the same 'clip-force' to keep your pen in place and stay easily accessible. This does have one draw back which has been brought up by a few fellow bloggers, with the clip attaching at two different points, the pen sticks out just under an inch and a half. Most of the time I keep a pen in my back pocket, while it has caught on things once or twice I haven't found it to be much of an issue.

Two parts of the pen have a knurled texture to help with grip, the grip section itself and the cap at the end of the pen. These are generally the two places you'll be holding the pen, to write with and to extend the pen tip itself. I'm a huge fan of the look of knurling, the process leaves a remarkable pattern behind. But it's main function is to increase grip making it an easier tool to use. The increased grip means the pen requires dramatically less pressure to write with, this makes increased periods of use incredibly comfortable. Does it do that? Yes. Could it be better? Maybe. The purpose of knurling is to roughen up the surface and increase friction, but when I first picked up the pen it felt a little too rough and for some people abrasive on the skin. Over time I've adjusted to the texture, but I think a finer knurling would take this pen to the next level.

All of this aside, one of the most important parts of any pen is the ink. That's where this pen is a dream come true. If you have a favourite gel pen refill, this pen will most likely take it. It accepts any 110mm ink cartridge and they have compiled a huge list on their Kickstarter campaign of some of 35 examples that you could use. Each pen comes pre filled with a Pilot G2 0.5mm black ink cartridge, arguably one of the most popular gel ink choices in the pen community.

But not only does it fit these cartridges, it fits them well. When the pen tip is extended and being written with, there is literally no wiggle room. The tip stays secure and sturdy without shifting at all during use. I think I was most impressed by this, the meticulously snug fit makes writing with the pen a delight. All you have to do is decide which ink fits your needs and you're all set, but you really can't go wrong with the Pilot G2.

Top to bottom - RIIND, Lamy Safari, Pilot Vanishing Point, Pilot Custom Heritage 92

I think it's safe to say I like this pen. It has quickly made it's way into my everyday carry and use, which is surprising for the size, by no means would I consider this an EDC sized pen. In comparison to some of my other most used pens it's definitely on the larger size. I generally find thinner more slimline pens to be the most comfortable to use but with the well balanced weight of this one I have and will continue to enjoy using it.


The Kickstarter campaign for this pen has already exceeded it's goal almost three times over and ends next week, July 28th 2016. So if you want to secure your own model from the first run of pens from RIIND, make sure you back their campaign.

Shortly after receiving my prototype model I got an email from Clayton, one of the creators of RIIND, telling me about an impressive price drop. Originally each model was priced at $125 (approx. £95) which some considered to be quite pricey, which is fair. With the massive success of the campaign, reaching their goal within the first week, they were able to increase their volumes securing a discount in manufacturing. RIIND wanted to add more value to their products so reduced the price of the pen to $95 (approx. £72). I applaud their business ethics and approach to making sure their customers/backers get the most for their money, not enough companies are like this.

Don't forget to check out the campaign for full details of this pen and to get your own.

Thanks to RIIND for supplying this prototype for review!

 

Posted on July 23, 2016 and filed under Pen Review.

From The Desk of... Tony Short

'From The Desk of...' is a little feature I started last year. I ask some of my favourite people/bloggers/creatives to share their everyday stationery related go-to items. I love learning what peoples favourite items are, but it's the things they grab on a daily basis that interest me. Those picks tend to be well made and reliable, not just something for the look of it but for how well it works. That's where the idea of this guest feature came from.

Today I'm welcoming Tony, he's been a huge supporter of this blog for a while now. He is co-owner of TDOA sponsor PocketNotebooks.co.uk and if you've been a reader of this blog within the past year I'm sure you've seen them mentioned.

I had the honour of meeting Tony earlier this year at the London Stationery Show, we grabbed a coffee and had a great chat about the industry and the influence of online presence within the stationery world. It's refreshing to find a business owner in this field who is just as inspired and active within the community as the community itself!

You can find Tony on twitter @thetonyshort as well as finding Pocket Notebooks on social media @PocketNotebooks on Twitter and Instagram.


I’ve really enjoyed getting to know how those in the stationery community use their stationery and find out what's inside their pencil case. You can imagine how thrilled I was when Adam presented a similar opportunity to myself. This has taken a few months to compile and has changed items a number of times, so hope you enjoy my five go-to stationery items.

 

Pocket Notebook

You’ll always find at least one in my back pocket, doesn’t matter if it’s during the working week or on the weekend. As the brands we supply at Pocket Notebooks have evolved so too has my choice of notebooks. At first I was a huge user of Field Notes, especially their Pitch Black Dot Grid, but since we’ve started to supply Write Notepads I’ve been fixated with the company and their notebooks.. This is a team of highly skilled craftsman who are innovative, forthcoming and have bags of business acumen. Their notebooks are perfectly bound, offer a variety of colours, finishes and their unboxing experiencing is the finest I’ve experienced to the point that the box and inserts warrant being treasured.

Rotring

I’ve been a long time fan of mechanical pencils, especially a Rotring. The Rotring 600 is always with me. I’m now on to my third one having previously lost and broke my first two. I love the precision it offers which, when you have terrible handwriting like mine, it’s important to have something that can improve it. Aesthetically it looks sharp too with it’s chrome like finish, knurled grip and if you’ve ever taken it apart will appreciate just how much engineering has gone into making this pencil.

Fountain Pen

I’ve only just started using a fountain pen in the last 12 months, having decided that Pocket Notebooks would send a thank you note with every new order. At first it was a Pilot V-Pen but it is now a Cross Century II. I didn’t realise there was a fountain pen rabbit hole until now at which point I find myself hurling down at the same speed and velocity as Alice.

One of my 2016 bucket list items is to find a fountain pen that reflects me and my personality. Thus far,this has proven tough, similar to finding the perfect partner you don’t just want to jump into bed, so to speak, with any old thing. I listen to Brad and Myke over on the Pen Addict podcast and every week I come away with new pens to add to the ever growing list of potential suitors.

Hobonichi

Now I’ve got to admit, whilst I’ve been using my Hobo Techo since January I’ve not really found that sweet spot on how to use it. I’m settled on an approach that combines both analog with digital. It’s a three pronged approach that starts with my pocket notebook which I generally use as bullet journal / brain dump, then move certain notes from my notebook into Trello, an online collaboration tool before using my Techo to write down future events and scheduled tasks in appropriate dates and making sure I’m checking it everyday so I don’t forget to do things.

This planner and company really excites me and believe it’s just scratching the surface to what it can achieve and where it’s headed. I only hope that I settle on a journal approach that can do this thing of beauty the justice it truly deserves.

Ink

As you may have gathered from my go-to stationery, I like stationery that reflects my personality, to make a statement and give an insight into the type of person I am. Once I discovered my Cross Century Fountain Pen could have a convertor I decided now was the time to move away from the norm and change the Black ink with something more energetic. I opted for the Iroshizuku Yu-Yake (Sun Set) hoping to inject a zest of life into my writing and hopefully cheering up the recipients of my handwritten notes.


A huge thanks to Tony for hopping on the blog!

If you'd like to be featured in an upcoming 'From The Desk of...' post, get in touch via email or tweet me @deskofadam.

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