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Paper Mate 69072 PhD Multi 3-in-1 Retractable Ballpoint Pen and Mechanical Pencil, Blue Body

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  • Two ballpoint pens and a mechanical pencil all in one.
  • Easily switch from black pen to red pen to 0.5 lead mechanical pencil with a simple twist.
  • Comfortable ergonomic triangular grip is endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association to provide the highest degree of writing comfort.
  • Retractable click-advance protects pockets and purses. Retractable click-advance protects pockets and purses
  • 3-in-1 Blue Body Pen contains 1 Black Ink, 1 Red Ink and 1 Mechanical Pencil.

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Paper Mate 69072 PhD Multi 3-in-1 Retractable Ballpoint Pen and Mechanical Pencil, Blue Body. Two ballpoint pens and a mechanical pencil all in one. Easily switch from black pen to red pen to 0.5 lead mechanical pencil with a simple twist. Comfortable ergonomic triangular grip is endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association to provide the highest degree of writing comfort. Retractable click-advance protects pockets and purses. Retractable click-advance protects pockets and purses. 3-in-1 Blue Body Pen contains 1 Black Ink, 1 Red Ink and 1 Mechanical Pencil. .

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Technical Details

Brand Name Paper Mate
Item Weight 0.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.9 x 0.9 x 5.9 inches
Item model number 69072
Color BLUE
Number of Items 1
Point Type Medium
Ink Color Black/Red
Tip Type Conical
Manufacturer Part Number 69072

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ASIN B001B0EXDI
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4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #168,088 in Office Products (See top 100)
#12,295 in Office Products > Educational Supplies > Writing & Correction Supplies > Pens & Refills
#204,548 in Office Products > Office Supplies
Shipping Weight 0.8 ounces
Date First Available February 18, 2005

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I love my PhD Multi, I've had it for a year now. I often have need to use both black and red ink, so this has been a life saver compared to constantly swapping two individual pens. I prefer large bodied pens for comfort, and this fits the bill. The shell feels like it's made with some lighter weight plastic, but it doesn't feel flimsy to me.

I too ran into the problem of being unable to find ink refill replacements as others have noted. Recently I checked out the Multi pen at one of the "chain" local supply stores to see the refill info printed on the back of the cardboard. Believe it or not, Papermate doesn't even list a refill # for the red ink anymore(only for the black, eraser, and lead). They used to in the past. Thank goodness I saved the original carboard backing from when I first purchased it. But even with that part #, it's nowhere to be found. I have no idea why Papermate would do something like this. Of the extremely few I found via googl'ing, the cost was too high when you threw in shipping.

However, I found a better solution. Buy a box (contains one dozen) of the Papermate "Profile" red ballpoint stick pens. They sell a retractable version too, and that may work, but I stuck with the straight stick since that's the type the Multi uses for the red. My local OfficeDepot has them. You can also find them on Amazon. These are about 6 inches long (like a typical stick pen). Papermate also sells a Profile "Mini" which is a stubby pen, so don't confuse the two. The Mini's are too short in length and won't work as a refill on the Multi.

A box set me back about $10.50 plus tax. When Papermate still sold the (now unavailable) multi refill it would cost anywhere from a few to several dollars after you add shipping, and that would give you only 2 sticks.
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Like Eric, I've owned several of these - both pen/pencil/stylus and black pen/red pen/pencil. I love not having to switch between writing tools, and I can clip it onto my ID lanyard at work so I always have it with me. BUT....

I live in a very humid climate, and the grip doesn't hold up. It stretches out and starts to melt after awhile, leaving black sticky goo on my hand. I've also had the tops of the barrels crack, so the clip portion comes loose. On the one I use at work now, I'm able to screw the metal piece above the clip back in to tighten things up, but it always comes loose again.

Love the concept but am looking for a similar product that is a little more durable.
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I think this is such a wonderful pen/pencil combo. I have given many of them as gifts. Great gift for a teacher. When I can only find it with the black ink, pencil and stylus, I just remove the stylus and place a red refill in its place. I can't say enough about this writing instrument.
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I have to agree with some of the other people that the build quality is extremely low.

Cons:
1) The cap to the eraser stops gripping the pen.
2) The rubber grip becomes loose.
3) The rubber grip starts falling apart and shredding at the base, towards the tip.
4) Refill for the red ink is difficult to find.
5) The pencil portion stopped working properly after dropping the pen only once.
6) Ink itself runs out quickly. I ran out of black ink and almost out of red.
7) And all this happened in the span of 2 months.

Pros:
1) Exactly what a lot of people need.
2) Comfortable grip.
3) Functions really well, until it starts falling apart.

Suggestion:
Get a Zebra SK-Sharbo. It's the same price with the same functions, but works better than this pen in every way. The only downside is that Amazon doesn't carry them and the eraser is laughably small.
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I already own a couple of PhD Ultra pens by Papermate, so I am comparing this pen to them. It is not as nice. The ink in this pen is not the same quality as the PhD Ultra pen. It is more like a flair pen ink, not what I'm accustomed to in a ballpoint pen.
It is nice to have the convenience of red/black/pencil, but I definitely won't be ordering another one of these. Not worth the price.
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I really like this pen, I have had a total of 10 of them in my past. Recently I could not fine the pen in any of the office supplies stores in my town. So, I decided to try Amazon and sure enough there it was. Pen has three pens inside of it and a gum eraser that does not smear the pencil markings. The pen has a red, blue, ink pen and a 5mm pencil pen. You can find these pens in my area but not with a pencil instead in come with a plastic stylus (no 5mm pencil). Amazon will be where I buy this pen from, Thanks Amazon!
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Comfortable to use
The three functions have been great for the math classes I teach to either grade papers (red), write notes (black) or do sample problems with students (pencil).

Still waiting to see how long ink lasts.
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A coworker of mine has this pen and loves it. As we are nurses, we need black and red ink for work as well as minimizing the amount of things we have to carry in our pockets. This fits the bill. However, the ink is short lived and your can't find the refills easily. I can't find the refills in any of my local office supply stores, the Paper Mate site doesn't sell the refills for the pens that I can find AND getting them on Amazon (thru 3rd party sellers) will cost me twice the shipping as the refills cost. So it is cheaper for me to buy the pen than to get the refills. No thanks Paper Mate. I'll look elsewhere. If you are considering purchasing this pen, first see if you can get the refills.
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