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Parker Jotter XL Matte Black Ballpoint Pen Review

Reviewed by David Savage

Everybody loves a good pen to write with. Even in this technological age of computers, tablets and smartphones, I still write a lot (mostly notes for work, but I do prefer to write things down than add notes to an electronic device). So, a pen that feels comfortable in your hand and leaves a good mark on the page is a must.

I was asked to review the Parker Jotter XL Matte Black Ballpoint Pen from Executive Pens Direct and this brought back memories from school. I had a Parker pen at school (a long time ago) and then if you had a Parker, you had an excellent pen. Even today, Parker is still considered an excellent pen.

I had a Parker pen at school and loved it, but this time I received the Parker Jotter XL, which is 7% bigger than the Parker Jotter, measuring 14 x 1.1cm.

With more and more people working from home these days, as I do, a home office should be a comfortable place to work and surrounded with good quality office accessories to help you in your work. With all the items available a good pen and notebook are an essential but often get overlooked.

The Parker Jotter XL Matte Black Ballpoint Pen is 7% larger than a standard Parker Jotter, which for me makes it much better to hold and use without it being too large and cumbersome.

I received mine in matte black, other colours are available, and it looks elegant. The barrel is matte black while the top half is silver colour. It writes in blue ink, is very smooth to write with and the ink is clear and even to read. The button to release or retract the nib has a satisfying click and feels very sturdy.

As it isn’t a throwaway pen it is refillable and has Quickflow refills making it extremely easily to refill the pen once the ink has been depleted. You just unscrew the barrel of the pen and insert a new refill.

As it is a good quality pen that you might want to give as a gift, maybe to someone just starting university, getting a new job or even venturing out and working for themselves, it comes in a gift box, complete with a care guide and instructions, and can even be engraved on the barrel (up to 26 characters at a cost of £6.50).

The Parker Jotter XL is an excellent quality pen. It looks elegant, writes well and feels great when using. This is perfect for any home office for jotting notes or ideas. It even comes with a 2-year guarantee – you don’t get that with a cheap ballpoint pen.

So why not treat yourself to a small bit of luxury and add a Parker Jotter XL to your home office?

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £19.99 (currently selling at £16.99 as of 1 May 2019)

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