Great Idea and I do miss mine, but it falls apart easily
I have had the Skinny Mini Pen for less than year, so we will see how the 1 year guarantee works. It was Purchased in October but I didn't get it until Christmas.
I do love the pen and miss it already. The tip that should stay forever attached to the pen fell off and down a grate when I went to use the pen today. First off, I frequently use the pen. I am current military and feel like I am missing something if I do not have a pen on me. It is very convenient to always have a pen somewhere that will always be with you and you can't forget it unless you forget your wallet... It does fit well inside of the wallet and doesn't make it any thicker than if you didn't have the pen in it.
I do have some concerns about how it is constructed. First there is the tip that you unscrew to replace the ink cartridges. It screws into a fitting that is threaded inside for the tip and on the outside for the cap/stylus. This fitting appears to be glued into the telescoping shaft of the pen. The good part about this is it keeps it thin, but the bad part is that when you extend the pen, you are pulling on the Stylus/Cap which puts all of the pressure through the glued fitting. Then you twist the cap on and off putting torque through the glued in fitting. It is the weak spot of the pen and it appears that it failed for other people as well. It started failing about 4-5 months ago and I would tap it back in, unscrew the cap and pull on telescoping part to extend but today it fell out and was lost. I did get the actual refill part so on it's last use i was still about to write down what i needed to. In hindsight I probably should have glued the fitting but i never had superglue on me when I thought about it.
The cap/stylus is screws on. I never counted how many twists it took to get it on or off but it seemed like quite a few especially when you need to write something quickly. This is forgivable since the convenience factor was there, but somehow in my wallet it would come unscrewed at times. I would pull my wallet out and the cap would fall on the floor. Luckily I never lost the cap!
If I could make design changes:
1: Somehow fixing the glued fitting, not sure what the best fix for that would be other than some stronger glue or epoxy.
2: Changing the cap. The Screw on cap takes several twists to get the cap on/off. Reducing the number of twists would be nice. Not sure if a snap on/off cap would be a better choice or not.
3. Another option that might fix all of the issues would be to swap the end that has the pen tip. Put the tip on the thicker side of the pen opposite the stylus and have it be a twist it to extend the tip of the pen. Pull both ends to extend the tip and you actually have a thicker area to grip the pen. and the stylus end stays attached so it doesn't fall off of the clip.
I do like the convenience factor of it easily fitting into my wallet and do not regret buying this pen, but at $14.95 it should be a little more durable and a lot more difficult to loose pieces.
Merchant Response:Hi Christopher, Thank you so much for the thorough review! We will take your suggestions into consideration. Also, all Big Skinny items come with a 1Year Warranty for materials & workmanship so we will have a replacement shipped out to you immediately! Have a wonderful weekend! Kind regards, Big Skinny
ProsCompact, fits well in the wallet
Always have a Pen on you!
writes well for small things eg: Checks, Notes, phone numbers, when someone steals your pen. Due to the small diameter and smooth shaft it is difficult to use for substantial writing... it does work in a pinch though!
Refills come with it are nice and they last quite some time. Extra rubber end for the stylus (would be nice if it came with an extra cap just in case!)
ConsThe fitting that the cap/stylus screws into can become unglued and fall off.
The Stylus/Cap is a screw on that takes several twists to put on or off.
Stylus worked fine on my tablet but not so well on the new "Square" checks outs when signing my name. My finger worked better.