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True Utility Telepen Telescopic Pen
|Price:||$9.39 & FREE Shipping|
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- Engineered in stainless Steel
- Telescoping pen 115-millimeter extended 50-millimeter compact
- Ergonomic ball point pen
- 3 refills included
- Quick pull release mechanism
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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.
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.
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.
The problem is that there is a brief pull needed to extend the pen when you remove it from the small piece that attaches to the ring. The force of the pull needed to get the pen out exceeds the ability of the stupid brass shivs and the whole damn thing comes off. Since there is never a reason that you would want the piece on the ring to come apart, why not just weld the thing on? (or whatever).
It just makes a cool-looking and rather useful device a useless, guaranteed-to-be-lost waste of money.
Now, I'm trying Superglue and it's holding (today). But Superglue has never worked before and I shouldn't have to fix the product after the first time I use it.
Does look good, though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice looking keychain pen. Pen would not write and none of the refills would work either. If I could get refills that work, this might actually be a great keychain pen. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Bruce L
Great little pen to have on a keychain dont even notice its there and it writes pretty well too.Published 1 month ago by Brent S.
The original version was very good. There was a slight problem with the pen falling out of the holder and getting lost, but it only occurred once every year or two, so that was... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sam Spade
Very, very cool. This is exactly what I needed. The pen seems very sturdy and writes very well. My only suggestion would be to have it telescope in the opposite direction so that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elliot Scott
As expected - the item performed well - stiff and stable when extended; but only lasted 2 weeks before mysteriously disappearing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Pietak