Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Back To School 2010: New Zebra Pens & Mechanical Pencils

Summer is not even half over, but the time to think about back-to-school supplies is nearing quickly. Zebra Pen, a popular brand for ball point pens, gel pens, mechanical pencils, highlighters, and more, has introduced some great new writing tools for students of all ages. These new products are not just for students, but for teachers, professors, and busy moms and dads.

The new Zebra Regal Roller Pens are perfect for the serious high school student, college scholars, and teachers. They are available in 4-packs with either arrow tips or needle tips. I personally prefer arrow tip pens. I must press down too hard when I write, so I usually wear out needle tip pens after awhile. The 4-packs come in an assortment of black, blue, red, and green fade and water-resistant ink.

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For myself, I like retractable pens because I am always in a rush and jotting things down in my Day Runner throughout the day. These new Z-Grip Daisies Ball Pens add some flourish to the classic ball point pen and are right up my alley. These pens would be fun for grade school children, tweens, . . . all the way up to adults. I will be taking these to BlogHer 2010 with me. The 5-pack of Z-Grip Daisies come in pink, orange, blue, green, and purple. And, yes, the ink colors do match the grip colors. Since many teachers do not accept colored inks on school work, I would have loved to have seen at least one black or dark blue pen in the pack.

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The Cadoozles mechanical pencils are especially made for grade school and middle school students. The 10-pack comes in six different fun designs. More importantly, these mechanical pencils are topped with erasers and they are refillable. So many mechanical pencils out there are meant to be disposable and are not refillable. That seems like such a waste to me and is not so good for the environment. You can refill these pencils easily with 0.7mm lead by removing the erasers at the top.

My son is entering 1st grade this fall and his teacher will only allow yellow No. 2 pencils at school. I suppose it reduces the number of disputes between children that age when each child has similar supplies. At least Zebra pens and pencils will make homework more fun to do.

To view the full line of Zebra Pen products, visit . You can also find new products and promotions by visiting Zebra Pen on Facebook and by following ZebraPen on Twitter.

Thank you to Zebra Pen for sending us sample pens and pencils free of charge to base this review upon.