Naturally, when I saw a Dr. Grip in my campus book store I decided to give it a try. Sadly it isn't the super comfortable mega-pen I remembered it as. The main draw to the Dr. Grip, when I was in grade school, was the super comfortable and squishy grip. Now the grip is a hard transparent plastic that makes my hand tired and sore after more than 15 minutes of writing. Not having the super squishy grip that I remembered was not the biggest disappointment that this pen gave. It was the ink.
|Writing sample for the Pilot Dr. Grip|
The Pilot Dr. Grip uses a Pilot G2 refill. This refill is generally accepted as a workhorse, a refill you can write all day with. However, in this Dr. Grip body the refill is horrible. The ink clumps up around the tip, and there is considerable white space in the lines. There are some positives to the G2 refill. The ink is a nice crisp black, and the pen writes smoothly when there aren't clumps of ink on the tip of the pen.
This pen got me interested in pens and office supplies, and for that I'm grateful. But the current state of the pen doesn't reflect my childhood memories. This pen will be stuck at the bottom of my pen case until I start to feel nostalgic again.
5 mummies out of 10
|Our ranking system is out of 10 mummies. Sadly the Dr. Grip only got 5/10.|