If there’s one pen that belongs on a construction site, it has to be the Tombow Airpress. With a rubber body and hard-plastic trim, it feels like this pen could take a five-story drop with minimal damage. It has a spring-loaded clip that clings tight. It’s shorter than your average pen, so it nicely fits in a pocket. And it has a thick barrel which makes it easy to grip. Though other colors are available, I find that the orange nicely completes the “construction site” look.
The main feature of the Airpress is the pressurized ballpoint ink cartridge. Each click of the pen compresses the ink, which allows it to write upside down and on dirty surfaces. There’s even a little window added to the barrel that will allow you to view the process. It’s a gimmick, but it makes for a cool conversation point – I like it.
The ink cartridge is small, though it has a good flow and feel. But don’t expect to get blown away by the writing experience. The Airpress isn’t the type of pen you’d use to journal or write a thank-you note. It is, however, a really great outdoor project pen or a take-anywhere pen.
- Review by Mary Collins at The Pen Company. Apparently the pen doesn’t write as well on wet paper as she’d hoped. Also, I really love that all-black version she has.
- The Pen Addict’s Review mentions that he doesn’t like the little loop in the back (probably meant to attach to something like a lanyard). Personally, I hardly noticed it.
- Pen Papper Ink Letter has tons more pictures (of the white version with black trim).