Inventery were one of the first companies to produce a clicky retractable pen to fit the beloved Schmidt P8126/7 refills best known in the Retro 51. When I fell in love with this refill, I wanted to clicky retractable one for convenience in my EDC.
The pen has a minimalist style that is right up my alley. Its machined from a single piece of brass and this chrome version is then plated with chrome. It has no clip, which may be a deal breaker for some, but I like the aesthetic that results from this. To stop it from rolling off your desk, its machined with a flat side, which is convenient and reasonably subtle.
The pen feels solid but the clicky button feels a little less so. I believe it’s a Schmidt button and there have been some reports that it can wear and dent with heavy use. Not sure how – maybe if you’re an obsessive compulsive pen clicker? The button is smooth and reliable and “soft” without an ostentatious clicky noise. If it does wear out, you can easily replace it – it removes easily as this is where the refill is to be replaced.
As mentioned above, the pen is made of solid brass, and as a result is extremely heavy. The Inventery Mechanical pen weighs in at 57g, which is even heavier than the Ajoto Rose Gold Pen I reviewed earlier. The Ajoto Rose Gold, which also has a brass body, weighs 49g while a standard Retro 51 weighs 28g. The Inventery is single handed the heaviest pen I own. Unfortunately, for me, it is so heavy that is near unusable. Even writing the short review below, I needed about 3 breaks (in between paragraphs).
I asked someone who prefers heavier pens and has stronger hands than mine to test out this pen to get a different opinion on the weight and they also found it too heavy to use. A quick search on other reviews of the Inventery also shows a similar conclusion.
Its such a shame that this pen is hampered by this flaw. I’m really not sure who this heavy pen is designed for and how many people can use this every day – its just so impractical to use in real life.
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