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- Engineered in stainless steel
- Telescoping pen 115-Millimeter extended 50-Millimeter compact
- Ergonomic ball point pen
- 3 Refills included
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|Item Dimensions||0.2 x 0.2 x 4.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.18 pounds|
|Sport Type||Camping & Hiking|
Top Customer Reviews
One feature that is a plus and a minus is the cap. The pen snaps very securely into the cap so there is very little danger of it accidentally falling out. However it usually requires two hands and a very firm pull to remove the pen from the cap. I prefer the one-handed easy opening of the PicoPen.
The build quality seems ok. I have been EDCing it in my pocket for a couple months and it has held up fine so far. So it appears to be solid enough to withstand normal wear and tear even though it doesn't feel quite as well-built as the other pens.
It comes with 3 refills, but each refill contains less than 1" worth of ink so it doesn't hold much ink. But you can refill it easily since it uses the same diameter refill as some other pens such as the BAZIC Silver Mini 4-Color Pen with Cushion Grip 4 Per Pack,Red/Green/Blue/Black, although you have to cut down the length to fit in the Telepen.Read more ›
My only problem with this pen is I dont feel it is secure enough. The pen is held in the keyring holder by friction. I hooked it to my messenger bag when I received it and I promptly lost it within 3 days. It must have caught on something and pulled out of the holder. I really wish it had some sort of screw on mechanism rather than a friction holder.
I think if you put this on your keyring and had it in your pocket or purse it would work well. Just use caution if you plan on attaching it to a purse, backpack, etc.
The pen works and writes well. I had a concern the pen would come out of the cap too easily and get lost, but after using for a little while that doesn't seem likely; it takes a lot of force to pull the pen out of the cap, which should keep it from falling out. Another good point is the low cost of this compared to other options.
The telescoping mechanism works, but in retrospect it would be better to just have a shorter more sturdy one-piece design. The telescoping part had about as much play/wobble and similar build quality to a radio antenna. If you are looking for a higher quality (and admittedly higher price) option, check out the PicoPen TEC - PicoPen, Stainless Steel Pen w/Keychain Lanyard.
On balance, the low cost of this pen outweighs the drawbacks, and it certainly works well and while a design with less wobble would be nice, I'd be likley to buy again if this one wears out.
However, one of them would not write at all. I decided to use one of the provided refills to get that one working--it is impossible to get the original refill out of the pen! The tip comes off in your hand, but the plastic ink tube is firmly jammed inside.
One of them seems to work fine (so far) and the refill is easily removed. I gotta wonder how long it will last....
So, based on my experience, you'll have a 33% chance of getting a good product.
It's too bad, really, as these would not only be nice to have (if they worked), but I had noticed several other items here by True Utility that seemed cool. Now I don't trust them at all.
I might be able to get a full use out of the pen if I locked everything down with superglue, but then I'd never be able to use the ink refill. Stay away from this pen because it's utter garbage!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Pen unclicks from the cap too easily. As you can guess, I lost the pen.Published 7 days ago by James R Lemke
Couldn't get this thing to write at all. It comes with 3 extra refills, and I tried all of those and could not get any ink to come out, no matter how much I scribbled to get it to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dipsy Doodle
I love this thing. Everyone thinks I'm a genius for carrying it.
But, alas, I lose it a lot. Not the pen's fault.
I see some of the negative reviews regarding the pen and feel they are unwarranted. This is a good quality mini key chain pen for what it is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Se Min Um
The nibs are so weak that they retreat into the pen. They can't tolerate the forces required to write. On the up side, the pen IS tiny and fits well on a keychain. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer N
Nice little pen that's always with me on my keychain. It fills the "tiny" portable pen role perfectly for me.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must have; unnoticeable on the keychain, but saves the day when you need a pen.Published 3 months ago by Soapy5