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I think everyone needs to have a good pen. As part of my job I need to write things down (or in my case scribble) to make sure I get all of the information I need for a particular job. My favourite pen unfortunately got pinched by one of our higher powers on one of his visits to the office and I was lost without it, so as a sneaky Christmas gift a couple of years ago, I got a brand new shiny parker pen in the form of the slinger II ballpoint pen. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the parker brand name...it certainly is a brand I recognise as having been around for a long time and is a company that manufactures reliable high quality writing implements so I tend to think with parker you just can't go wrong. ===About the Parker Slinger II=== This particular pen is just the perfect size for me - small, fat and easy to hold, with the appearance of a bullet. The pen comes with a lanyard and although I don't use it I can see the theory behind it....never lose your pen (or get it stolen) again by using the lanyard that comes attached so you can hang it round your neck or attach it to your wrist and always know it's whereabouts, this fortunately is detachable so does not have to remain attached to the pen. The body of the pen is chrome plated which makes it nice and shiny complete with a rubberised grip making it easy to hold. I believe the plastic trim comes in different colours but my particular trim is a dark blue colour which helps me to remember that it is a blue ink ballpoint pen. The pen has a retractable mid section and is complete with a clip if you want to attach to a binder. After 2 years the clip on my pen has broken and is now half the size if once was so the plastic isn't that durable Over time the rubber grip has stretched with the pressure of my fingers and continuous use so it overlaps the screw tip ever so slightly but this doesn't hinder my use of the product. The writing quality of the pen is as I would expect from a Parker. There are no ink shortage problems and the pen writes freely, constantly flowing. As indicated previously I have had the pen for around 2 years and the ink has yet to run out. The pen can be opened up to replace the ink cartridge which is a basic parker ballpoint cartridge in a medium size. Simply unscrew the pen nib and the cartridge slides out - replace with the same colour or if you feel adventurous you could even change the colour if your little heart desires, opting for black instead of blue. ===Price and Availability=== Unfortunately the slinger II is no longer part of the parker catalogue but can be purchased from a number of retailers on line with the majority of these pens being available on ebay and amazon for around £3.50. You can currently buy a pack of 2 refills on Amazon for £1.55 which is a bargain - with shipping the total cost would be £3.35 delivered. ==My overall thoughts and opinion== I think this parker pen is a great little writing implement to have at my desk at work - it's not a very stylish pen but in my opinion how stylish do writing implements need to be. In the 2 years I have owned this pen it has never let me down and as it's a little bulkier than your average pen it's a little harder to misplace. The fact that it's re-fillable means that this pen will just keep on going and shouldn't ever need to be replaced - a top quality product in my opinion and highly recommended
I don't suppose we're any different from a number of other households and there must be hundreds of pens around the house. However, I tend to use my long-serving mottled blue thick Parker pen which I absolutely love. It was given to me by a company seeking to bribe me into buying loads of their corporate gifts (I never did!) and has my initials on the side. Call me old-fashioned, but I'm one of those people who believe that a good pen does improve your writing and it's so nice to pick up and use a pen that not only writes well but always writes first time. As I was writing this year's Christmas cards, however, my favourite pen started to leak. I twisted open the barrel to investigate and more ink poured out. Aaaaaargh! I haven't yet cleaned it up properly as it is a messy job, but I hope that I can merely clean it and put in a new refill. As my wife was dawdling around our local newsagents in January, I went to the counter to buy a couple of refills and spotted 3 of these Parker Slingers in a little box next to the Arkwright type till. They were marked down to £2.50, so on impulse I bought myself one of the two blue ones. It will never replace my special pen, but I liked it because it came with a little nylon lanyard attached through a little loop to the click on cap so that you can safely carry these around your neck. They take standard Parker refills, but the counter assistant told me that this model has now been discontinued and did I not want to buy the other two? Nice try, but it didn't work! We often have a need for a pen when we are out and about and typically if I want one, I have to wait until my wife digs around at the bottom of her bag and retrieves some manky offering which as often as not doesn't work. So, now I have my own new Parker Slinger. It's got a nice rubberised grip and looks much more modern than the older Parker Slingers. In fact, I still have a boxed Parker Slinger pen somewhere from the seventies. In fact, I was issued with about 20 in a violent orange colour at the time by my then employer to use as incentives when selling volume goods to grocery multiples back in the day when you still had sales reps on the road. I remember keeping one thinking that if I keep it in pristine condition, it may be worth something one day. What I like most about my new Parker and Parkers in general is that they work first time and you get a nice even ink flow from a good quality tip. Until recently at least, I had never had any issues with leakage. This one is a bit too modern looking for an old git like me, and I probably wouldn't have bought it at full price. However, in the final analysis, you normally have to pay for quality and you don't often see Parkers at a reduced price so it was a good buy, I think. (Actually, having just had a look on eBay, there are still loads around with prices from £2.89 post free!)
Parker is one of the leading brands of pen makers there is, renound for making top quality and good value items. The Parker Slinger II Ball Point Pen is no exception. The pen is brilliant in any circumsatnces; it is lightweight and strong, easy to use and of course feels really good when you use it. The pen comes in various different colours and are really good value. They can be re-filled and because of the relatively cheap price you are not destroyed when you lose it! The handy string means you can attach it to keys, wrists, round necks or in fact anywhere else you might want to pout it. The feel of the pen is great, it feels like the pen is gliding over the paper and is comfortable in the hand. Very reliable; doesn't blot or break or scratch and is combatible, use ful and funky looking. Great for presents and in the office, although i don't think you will be still lending your pen out to your work mates!
Fed up of pens going missing from my desk and having nothing to write with when a customer called, I decided to keep my eye out for a pen I could easily keep with me. I've seen some pens you can hang around your neck etc, but I didn't think they looked great and half of them didn't seem to write great either... Then I came across the Parker Slinger II pen. The Parker Slinger II is a ball point pen with a lanyard attached so you can hang it around your neck. Parker is THE brand when it comes to pens. There's no doubt about it, Parker pens are quality pens, so I knew this ballpoint pen would write nicely and last the tests of time. The Parker Slinger II is a chunky pen, which isn't a feature I'd normally go for, but this does feel nice in my hand and I can write nicely with. The lanyard is attached to a small cone-like cap which simply clips on and off the pen... whether or not the ballpoint is out (ready to write). The barrel clicks to expose the ballpoint and again to retract it back in. The barrel of the pen has a polish chrome finish (which makes the pen looks great) and has a sturdy plastic clip (mine is black, Mum's is purple, but I've seen other colours available too) so it can be secured in a pocket. My pen writes in blue ink, but I believe you can buy them with black ink. The end simply screws off to enable you to put a refill in the pen. Best of all... I've seen these retailing for £4 - 6.50, but I only paid £2.99 for mine from Partners! I've bought Mum one too, but guess what? Mine hasn't made it to work, because I like it so much I wouldn't want it to go missing!