Published on July 20th, 2011 | by Greg0
Turtle Pens- Worth Cracking The Shell
A good pen is not that hard to fine. They are cheap, plentiful, and fairly durable. Capable of being carried just about anywhere, the humble ballpoint pen can also come in many forms. We’ve got a pen collector on staff, who has tried out everything from expensive Mont Blancs to high-end Pilots and Tombows. And we’ve been testing the latest writing instrument from one pen company that you probably haven’t heard of- Turtle.
The Turtle Work Ballpoint Pen is available with a few different sized tips, and in blue or black. And the selling point here isn’t so much writing quality or special ink of course- it works well and writes cleanly- but instead the unique mechanism. Specialty pens are pretty easy to find, but none offer a design quite like this one. The Turtle Work offers an intimidating first impression, as it comes with a case that weighs much more than the pen itself and entombs it snugly but doesn’t actually work so well to carry around the pen as it’s quite bulky.
Once out of the case, the pen itself continues to confuse and delight new users who can’t immediately figure out how to get it working. The videos on their site are clear enough, but the idea of pulling open the middle of the pen feels delightfully transgressive. Most pens would simply break or you’d get ink on your fingers, but on this one a quick pull-and-twist motion is required. It’s nifty, even if the “turtle head” extendable casing around the nib of the pen doesn’t always retract quite as smoothly as we might wish. The stainless steel feels nice in the hand, if a little off-balance and hefty. The logo is quite and unobtrusive, and the entire design feels solid and almost bomb-proof. At $60 or so, it’s a lot of pen for the money. Available directly from Turtle, online.