For Christmas this year I got a Kikkerland Retro Pen and Stylus from my daughter. She knows I like to use a Stylus with my iPad and for some games on my iPhone. It was a thoughtful gift that I now use every day. I need a pen in my purse but never carried a stylus too. Now I have both items in one available any time.
The Retro Pen and Stylus looks like most any pen except at the top there is a stylus. The whole thing is made of plastic with a two tone design. It comes in a variety of colors. My pen is a lime green on the top and a cream color toward the bottom. There is chrome metal ring separating the top and bottom. On the top half is also a clip to allow you to attach this to your pocket. The Brand Name “Kikkerland” is embossed on the clip. I am not sure I would recommend using this in your pocket since the pen could easily leak with no cap.
The Pen and Stylus has a black ink pen with a medium tip ball point. Since there is no cap, to expose the pen, twist the two halves of the pen until the pen tip emerges. There is no click to keep it in place in either the open or closed position, but it does not turn so easily that this should be a big problem. I store mine inside a zippered pocket of my purse so it should not move around too much, but if you had it loose with other things it could conceivably open up and cause problems.
The pen writes with a medium thickness and has a very smooth feel while writing. It does not have the feel of a cheap pen, nor have I had any issues with blobs of ink or any extra mess. This is good since it has no cap for protection. Still I would not suggest using the clip to put it in your pocket. The chance of it ruining a shirt would be too great in my opinion.
I really like the Stylus especially for drawing on my iPad 2 , or playing games on my iPhone 4s . The stylus tip is at the top of the pen and consists of what appears to be a black pencil eraser. It is exactly that size and shape, but when you touch it you will feel it is hollow. Please do not try to use it as an eraser or you might ruin it.
I like this Stylus over some others that I have because the tip is slightly more narrow. It still works well but for smaller surfaces like my iPhone it is easier to manage the smaller size. Of all the stylus’ I have tried, this stylus works best for the Draw Something App . I think that the thinner tip gives me more control in my drawings. I also like it for playing Scramble with Friends on my iPhone because it is a smaller tip to quickly hit just the letter I want.
Final thoughts and Rating
I am torn between a 3 and 4 star rating on the Kikkerland Retro Pen and Stylus, but have to give it 4 stars for the superior design of the stylus. I think that they should have designed the pen to close with a click or give it a cover to protect ink from getting where you do not want it. It seems a little silly to include a clip to attach it to your shirt when you are just asking for an ink stain with a pen of this design. Over all it is a quality pen with a nice smooth writing feel and something I enjoy using daily.