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Center For Disease Control Recommends Pokkas for Flu Season!

Just kidding, but maybe they should. I was in the Post Office yesterday, mailing off a big stack of Pokka orders, when I saw this little gem on the forms table. I nearly gagged.  I'm no germophobe, but it doesn't take much imagination to get skeeved out by this utensil, with all its germ-friendly nooks and crannies.  I carry my own pen (and its always a Pokka) for a lot of reasons. One good one is that in October, in the thick of flu season, I don't have to lay my hands on a germ collector like this. Thinking about a...

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Replacing Pokka Ink Cartridges

We worked hard to make the design of Pokka Pens robust and affordable. This meant eliminating non-essential features, and as it turns out, one feature that customers really wanted - replaceable ink cartridges. Lots of you wanted to extend the life of your Pokkas, and keep unnecessary plastic out of the landfill. Our bad.  We have now corrected our error by offering replacement cartridges.You should find it easy to replace your Pokka cartridges if you can handle a pair of household pliers - needle nose are best.  The process is simple - grab the black nose cone of the Pokka with...

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Pencil Case Blog Reviews Pokka

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

INEXPENSIVE: POKKA PENS POCKET PEN REVIEW

Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
I usually don't pay much attention to disposable pens. I suppose it's some kind of pen-snobbism, caused by having too many 'fancier' options on hand. But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a good disposable pen when I find one. In fact, it can be incredibly satisfying to find a cheap pen that writes great. Also, despite having a myriad of pens to choose from, there are always occasions where an expensive (fountain) pen isn't practical. You know, those situations that really call for a cheap Bic stick but you can't find one? I've been there so many times myself!
And that's where Pokka Pens comes into play. You see, most of those scenarios where you need that fast, no-nonsense writing experience, happen when you are out and about. Carrying a full-sized Bic (or other cheapo pen) isn't practical. The symbiosis of affordable, no-nonsense and pocketable, that's the Pokka pen!
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
Pokka pens have a very simple design. I found it largely inspired by the Kaweco Sport 'small in the pocket, large in the hand', but maybe even better for pocket carry. It's a very small pen when closed, measuring in at just 8.4 cm (3.3") long when closed, with a 1.1 cm (0.43") diameter. Even a Fisher Space pen or Kaweco Sport dwarfs it. The Pokka is made of injection molded plastic, the cap walls are thick, and overall the construction feels solid. At least solid enough to last until the refill is empty for sure.
While I was a bit hesitant at first about how a pen so small could be anywhere near usable, It's obviously very convenient for pocket carry. In fact, I'd often forget about it being in my pocket! Now, I'm not really an EDC kind of person, so I might not be the most knowledgeable person to say this, but I think the genius is in the fact that it's so small that you forget about it. It makes it an easy choice to take with you all the time. It doesn't bother you, yet it's there when you need it.
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
The Pokka is kept closed with a rubber O-ring which makes the cap snap with a very satisfying sound. I'd find myself fidgeting with it all the time, which is both a good and bad thing I suppose. The back of the pen has the same diameter, and another o-ring, allowing the cap to be posted securely. The back portion of the pen is really short, so I wasn't sure if the cap would stay on securely while writing, but this turned out not to be a problem at all. 
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
L to R: Fisher Space Pen, Kaweco sport ballpoint, Pokka Pen, Kaweco sport fountain pen, Lamy 2000.
When posted, the pen transforms into a full-sized 14 cm (5.5") pen. For a ballpoint, that's actually quite long, so definitely no problem in terms of comfort in that area. I did find the hexagonal profile grip section to be a little narrow, but that comes from someone who generally prefers larger pens. For the intended use, the Pokka pen offers a comfortable writing experience, and I actually found myself often using it for longer note taking sessions too.
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
I've been playing with these little pens for a while now, and to be honest I never thought I'd have so many uses for it. They have been part of my daily carry for the past three months or so, and while there have been days that this little pocket pen didn't leave my pocket, there have also been times where it saved the day.  
Now of course it's still a disposable ballpoint. So yeah, when it comes to the actual writing, you shouldn't expect the best writing experience in the world. It comes standard with a black, medium refill (the only option as far as I can tell), which works as a ballpoint is supposed to work. It's smooth and lays down a relatively consistent, dark line. But when you're used to rollerballs or gel ink pens, you won't be able to get that here. 
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review
The idea behind the Pokka pens is straightforward and well-executed. At 8.45 USD for a pack of 3 (some colorways are a bit more expensive). It's pretty hard not to recommend trying them out. They are affordable, sturdy, no-brainer pens. Put one in your pocket or purse, and I assure you they'll come in handy more often than you'd think.
Note: This product was sent to me by Pokka Pens, free of charge, so I could write this review.  I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, the opinions shared in this review are completely my own! This post does not contain affiliate links.
Inexpensive: Pokka Pens pocket pen review

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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Steve Engle Engineers Awesome "Clip Hack"

Many of you have asked us if we have a version of Pokka with a clip. We don't yet, but it is on the drawing board for the future. Meanwhile, Steve Engle sent us this awesome photo of a hack he did with clips that are available on Amazon. Just search "Bullet Pen Clip". Steve had to "adjust" the clip arms and he warns that the clips "are definitely a stout piece of steel - I had to use both my hands with needle nose pliers to spread out the wings" so that it fit. We think "stoutness" will be...

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New Life for Old Pokkas (#1) - the Pokka Lokker!

Clever hacks extend the life of Pokka Pens.

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