Product review: Pilot Frixion pens

Pilot Frixion pens

Pilot Frixion pens

I am even more high maintenance about my pens than I am about life in general (which is saying something). I like fine points, and I like pens where the ink flows smoothly out of the pen for a rich writing experience (no scratchy pens for me!). I have tried everything from Bics to Mont Blancs and many pens in between.

The pens that I like most (as of April 2015) are the Pilot Frixion pens, fine point (0.7mm, which is actually fine point by American standards but not by Asian standards). The pens come in a multitude of colors and in sets. And they are erasable (a friend whom I introduced these pens to insists that I mention that).

But the characteristic that sets these pens apart from all other pens is the glorious way they flow smoothly across the paper. The pens are so smooth that writing with one of these pens makes writing a rich, almost creamy, experience. The color is rich and vibrant, and you never catch yourself snagging the pen on the paper or failing to loop or dot your letters where you want. The Pilot Frixion pens belong, in other words, to the royal family of all pens.

And on the right kind of paper, they write even more gloriously, but that is the topic for another blog post…

The Perfect Travel Tea Mug

I love to drink hot tea at work when the weather gets cold. I am also lazy and can’t be bothered to make tea at work (it’s a small office and making tea is too messy). Nor do I want to make the tea before I leave the house because I’m always in a hurry in the morning. (Have I mentioned that I’m a bit high-maintenance?) I have been hunting for years for the perfect travel tea container that allows me to prepare the tea at home before I leave in the morning but have hot tea throughout the day without having to make it.

After several trials (and failures) of different travel mugs, I finally stumbled on a travel mug made by a company called David’s Tea. This mug (or, more accurately, a thermos) contains a cleverly designed tea strainer and a tea leaf storage area that is built into the cap of the thermos. All you have to do is put your tea leaves of choice into the strainer, fill the thermos with boiling water, screw the cap on and go about your merry way. The tea is made by the time you get to work (unless you have a really short commute), and the tea stays hot the entire day. I take it home, I clean out the strainer and thermos, and I’m all set for the next day.

My only (minor) complaint is that the thermos isn’t as large as I would like. (I like tea.) The thermos come in 12 and 17 ounce sizes. That being said, the thermos fits easily into a car’s drink holder, and it comes in several festive colors.

David’s Tea has stores throughout the U.S., and you can also shop from their website at under travel accessories.

travel tea mug

travel tea mug