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Monday, August 12, 2013

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Hey y’all!  I don’t know about where you live, but the back-to-school countdown has begun here in Southern Ohio and we have t-minus 10 days and counting before our little ones are heading off to school and I couldn’t be more sad (I miss my babies when they’re in school all day).  Of course, there are lots of positives to back-to-school too and shopping for clothes and supplies is right up there at the top of that list and we want to help make this BTS season as successful, stress-less and easy as possible so that’s why all week long we’re bringing you the latest gear, the best supplies and the hottest back-to-school deals around—make sure you check back all week because we’ll have lots of cool reviews, great deals and awesome giveaways…y’all ready?  Well, let’s get to it!

If you know me well, or if you’ve been hanging around here for a while, then you probably know how much I like pens, yes, pens…I love them.  Maybe it’s my love of writing, maybe it’s just the feeling of happiness I get when I put pen to paper and create, or maybe I’m just weird, but I love pens.  While I enjoy pens immensely, they also happen to be the number one item I’m always losing and the one thing that is always in high demand in my house, especially during the school year.  Given how important it is to have a good, make that great, pen to use on all of that homework, I thought showcasing one of my favorite pen companies on day one of our Back-to-School Blowout was a complete no-brainer and and I can’t wait to show all of you the new goodies that Pilot has for back-to-school 2013!


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About Pilot Pen.
Pilot Corporation of America was established in the United States in 1972, and is recognized as a premiere manufacturer of quality writing instruments.   Pilot’s growth has been driven by the consistent development of highly innovative products that deliver unsurpassed quality and an exceptional writing experience.  Pilot’s diverse line of pens has been created in a culture that has revered the art of writing for over a thousand years.  The essence of art, design and quality of Pilot’s fine writing line can be seen throughout its entire range of product offerings, including Pilot’s everyday pens - G2, Precise, FriXion and many others.

Before I show you the goodies that Pilot sent me I wanted to share a few fun facts about Pilot Pen…

#1: Pilot is the market leader in the gel and rolling ball categories
2 miles: The distance a G2 pen’s ink flow will last; more than 2X longer than other gel ink brands
4 point sizes: G2 is the only Gel Ink pen that comes in 4 point sizes – because one size does not fit all!
15: Number of our product lines that received the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval
6 bottles: The average amount of recycled bottles in a dozen pack of our bottle-to-pen, B2P pens
18 karat gold: Namiki pens are available in hand painted and hand lacquered gold paint; $18,000: The retail price of our most expensive Namiki pen, Setsugekka

An 18 karat gold pen?  I so need that!  Alright so Pilot didn’t send me one of their Namiki pens, but they did send me a ton of their favorites to test out and share my opinion with all of you and if you stick around, there might even be an awesome giveaway for one of you!

First up is the G2 family or pens and I must admit, they’re some of my favorites! The classic G2 is not only available in 14 vibrant colors (enough colors to please even the pickiest teenage girl), it’s also available in 4 different point sizes.  I received both the Classic G2 and the G2 Fashion, which is available in classic black in with 5 funky and hot barrel colors—it was a definite favorite amongst all of us ladies.  The G2 is America's No-1 selling gel ink pen for a reason ya know, it’s super long lasing ink makes it a great buy for back-to-school and the smooth line it creates it perfect for everyone—love it!

My daughters are all about “cute” pens and the Acroball and Acroball PureWhite were their personal favorites of all of the pens we reviewed.  I love that the Acroball features a hybrid ink that allows users to have the vibrancy of gel ink with the quick-drying with the water-resistance of a ball point ink—brilliant!  Acroball PureWhite is available in black or colored ink and in a variety of vibrant, brilliant grip colors—I personally love the African Violet grip…so pretty!

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As someone who has carpal tunnel pain constantly when I write, my number one priorty when choosing a pen ( or any writing utensil really) is choosing one that feels good in my hand, if it’s too big or too small or doesn’t have the right size grip, writing can become very painful, very quickly.  The Dr. Grip family of pens from Pilot has been commended for it’s ease-of-use by the Arthritis Foundation and in a Georgia Tech study it was proven to be twice as comfortable to write with than a traditional ballpoint pen—I’ll definitely vouch for that.  The Dr. Grip line makes it super easy for me to write for longer periods without getting cramps and without losing feeling in my hand, not only that, they’re also relatively stylish which is a big plus in my book!

Sporty Spice is in middle school and while pens aren’t completely banned, they are frowned upon simply because they’re permanent, but not with the FriXion family of pens.  The FriXion Clicker is retractable, is available in 8 vibrant colors and is erasable making it perfect for younger children to use in school as mistakes can easily be erased—you have to love that.

I couldn’t mention Pilot pens without mentioning their B2P (or bottle-2-pen) family of pens, they are the world’s first line of pens that are made from 89% post consumer recycled water bottles, I love that.  B2P is available in both gel and ballpoint and they both feature a comfortable rubber grip and smooth writing.

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Pilot has so many other great pens that I know you’ll love, so make sure you head over to the Pilot Pen website and check out everything they have to offer and make sure you pick up a pack (or 5) for back-to-school…your kiddos will be so happy that you did!  Don’t forget to Like Pilot Pens on Facebook and Follow Pilot on Twitter for the latest!

WIN IT! 
One lucky MIBR reader will win an assortment of Pilot Pens (similar to the picture above)…for official rules and to enter check out the Rafflecopter Widget below!



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Disclosure:  I received the items listed above in order to facilitate my review..all opinions are my own!

99 comments :

  1. I would love to try the Plumix Fountain Pen ~ they write so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway~

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  2. My favorite Pilot Pen is the Easy Touch Pro Retractable.

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  3. bottle 2 pen
    trixie420247 at yahoo dot com

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  4. Acroball Pure White :)
    Thanks,
    melly66(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  5. I like the Pilot G2 with blue gel ink.
    kathyluman@gmail dot com

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  6. I like the erasable highlighter!

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  7. I would like to try the Pilot B2P (Bottle to Pen).

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. I want to try the Ageless Gel Pens.

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  10. I like the Pilot Precise rolling ball pen.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  11. I like the Dr. Grip Pure White pens - I'm all about cute pens, too:)

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  12. I like the Dr Grip Gel and the Dr Grip LTD pens.

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  13. I really want to learn calligraphy, so I would love to get some of those. But I also like the Pilot Precise

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  14. I love the pink breast cancer support pens

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  15. I have always loved the g-2 pens. They are my go to pen

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  16. I like the g-2 retractable gel roller.

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  17. I like the "Dr. Grip family of pens from Pilot" mentioned in your review. Any pen that helps you write longer and decreases cramps in your hand while writing would definitely be my favorite.

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  18. I loved the Dr. Grip pins. I used the pen and pencil versions when I was in high school and it was such a life saver

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  19. For years I've used only the Pilot Easy Touch Ball Point. My local Walmart doesn't carry them any more and I really miss them being so reliable.

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  20. I really like all Pilot pens but the Pilot V Razor Points are really good!

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  21. I would love to try the Dr Grip pens

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  22. I absolutely love the G2 pens and I love that they come in a variety of colors!

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  23. I love the pilot pink line for breast cancer awareness.

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  24. I like the rexgrip mechanical pencil.

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  25. I would love to try the fixion ball pen

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  26. my favorite pens on the site are the Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain pens

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  27. I love pens so I want them all but I will pick the ageless gel pen as my most wanted for now.

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  28. I like the Dr. Grip gel ink pen, but I am also interested in their calligraphy pens.

    april yedinak

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  29. I would love to try the Precise V5 pen. Entered the rafflecopter as "Wild orchid"

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  30. I love the VBall Rolling Ball pens!
    Susan Chester

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  31. the ageless gel pens.

    dani marie ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. The Pilot G2 has always been a favorite of mine!

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  33. I like their pilot g2 pens the most.

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  34. The varsity fountain pens look nice.

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  35. I like the G2 pens.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  36. My favorite is the Dr. Grip Full Black Retractable Pens.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. I like the Plumix fountain pen!
    Miz Vickik

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  38. SPOTLITER Fluorescent Highlighter

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  39. I like the Pilot Dr Grip CoG Breast Cancer Awareness pen
    pamc77@yahoo.com

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  40. Pilot's purple erasable gel pen is awesome.

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  41. The Bottle 2 Pen sounds neat.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  42. Namiki Fine Pens are awesome.

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  43. Oh my, I'm a pen junkie lol! Great giveaway! I love the Vanishing Point Fountain pen and the erasable gel pens look fun!

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  44. Big fan of their gel ink pens :)

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  45. the G2 retractable gel roller in green is what I use for work, and love it.

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  46. I like the Pilot GOLD & SILVER Metallic Marker

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  47. I like the pens made from recycled water bottles.

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  48. krystal wethingtonAugust 25, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    Pilot G2 with blue gel ink.I like writing with blue.

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  49. I like the Pilot BetterGrip Ball Point Pen!

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  50. I like the Markliter! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  51. I like the vanishing point fountain pens!

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  52. highlighter that are erasable

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  53. I like to G2P pens - great use of water bottles and really cool looking to boot!

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  54. I like the Easy Touch Ball Point Pens.

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  55. I really like B2P (or bottle-2-pen) family of pens, because they are the world’s first line of pens that are made from 89% post consumer recycled water bottles.

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  56. I love the G2 and the Razor point

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  57. I like the Pilot G2 Breast Cancer Awareness

    hippopurplemonkey at yahoo dot com

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  58. We love the breast cancer pen and all of the gel pens in this house :)

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  59. I like the G6 retractable roller ball pen.

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  60. I like the RexGrip Ball Point Pen

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  61. I love all of the pens, I can't choose!

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  62. i would love the dr. grip pen
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
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  63. My favorite are the Pilot Precise P-500 / P-700 I use them everyday at work. They are the best!

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  64. I would love to try the Plumix Fountain Pen.
    kat_emerick@yahoo.com

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  65. The highlighter with eraser is pretty cool!

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  66. I like the ageless gel pen.

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  67. I like the Acroball pens
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  68. i would get the Dr. Grip pens

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  69. I like the pilot ageless gel pens

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  70. I like the pilot pure white acroball pens the best I believe!
    Allison.bahr@yahoo.com

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  71. I love the pink ribbon version of the G2

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  72. I like the breast cancer awareness pens, plus pink is my favorite color!

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  73. I'd really like to try the Pilot VBall.
    Michelle Tucker

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  74. I really like them all but probably would go for some gel pens

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  75. I like the Dr. Grip Center of Gravity Pen.

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  76. Thanks for the giveaway…Pilot Precise Gel
    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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