Sharpie Retractable Fine Point Pens, Colored Ink, 3 Pens (1753177)

1 ratings (1 Epinions review)
Share This!
  Ask friends for feedback

Nice addition to the Sharpie family, but overpriced

Sep 14, 2009
Review by  
Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Smooth writing.  Comfortable barrel grip.  Non-bleeding ink.

Cons:Expensive.  Questionable exterior design choices.  Sharpie trying to hard to "upgrade" original.

The Bottom Line: Don't like the outside of the pen, but the writing is smooth and precise. 


When Sharpie first came out with the pens, I was the first in line.  I obsessed about them and told everyone how great they were.  The other day I saw a commercial for Sharpie Retractable Fine Point Pens, so I headed up to the store.

The original Sharpie pens were slightly on the expensive side (for disposable pens anyway), but they were well worth the $1.50 each.  A set of 2 retractable Sharpie pens set me back a whopping $6.  That is $3 each.  I had a little bit of sticker shock.

I got the pens home and immediately whipped out some paper to test them out and see how they stood up against the original pen.  I have to say, I am kind of let down.  It is still a good pen that I will continue to use, but probably won't buy them again in the future.  I would have been happy if they just took the original pen and stuck a clicker on the top.  Instead they tried to upgrade something that really didn't need upgrading. 

The "button" on top of the pen is almost a full inch tall.  It just seems a little weird.  Traditional retractables are only about 1/2" tall (or smaller).  It should really be shorter.  I think it looks silly and feels clunky.

I am also a little confused why they would make the top button and the clip a shiny metallic.  Yes, it makes the pen a little fancier, but at its core, it is still a disposable pen.  The major problem I have with this pen is that Sharpie seems to be trying to appeal to the couture writing implement audience.  In their attempt, they are alienating people like me by forcing us to pay $3 for a disposable pen when I was perfectly happy with the original.  I guess the joke is on me.

This pen offers a soft grip along the barrel that makes it really comfortable to hold.  Since it is a little wider barrel, the occurrence of hand cramps is minimized.  But, the drawback to the wide barrel is that it dwarfs the actual pen.  The size of the barrel is more suited for a ball point pen or fine marker, not a teeny, tiny ultra fine point.  It seems like a sizing mismatch. 

With all the questionable exterior design choices that were made, I still find the actual pen to be a great addition to the Sharpie family.  The writing is ultra smooth and holds true to the "non-bleeding ink" promise.  Unless you are writing on onion skin or tracing paper, the ink really does not bleed through your paper. They also claim that the ink is acid-free.  So, it would be great for all you scrapbookers!

I know it sounds weird, but I love the color of the blue ink.  Most blue ink pens are so dark that they are almost black.  This one is a bright (but not too bright) true blue color that stands out nicely on documents.

Ultimately, if you are a fan of the original Sharpie pens, you will probably like this product, but why not stick with the original and save some bucks.


Recommend this product? Yes


Share this product review with your friends   
Share This!


Related Deals You Might Like...

Sharpie Retractable Fine Point Black Pen, 2 Ct. (set Of 6)

Sharpie Retractable Fine Point Black Pen, 2 Ct. (set Of 6)

Untitled Document Search titles descriptions Sharpie Retractable Fine Point Black Pen, 2 Ct. (Set of 6) 2 Count Sharpie Pen in Black [Set of 6] Paymen...
eBay

$40.43

FREE Shipping
Sharpie Retractable Porous Point Pen

Sharpie Retractable Porous Point Pen

This permanent Sharpie Retractable Pen provides comfort with superior writing control. The soft, cushioned grip and fine point tip size make everyday ...
Walmart.com

$2.93

+$4.97 shipping
Sharpie Pen Retractable Grip Fine Point Pens, 3 Black Ink Pens

Sharpie Pen Retractable Grip Fine Point Pens, 3 Black Ink Pens

About OfficeMax Payments Shipping Returns FAQ Office Supplies Technology Office Furniture Ink Toner Shop All Products All categories Click here to vie...
eBay

$8.49

+$4.95 shipping
Sharpie 1753176 Retractable Soft Grip Fine Point Pen

Sharpie 1753176 Retractable Soft Grip Fine Point Pen

Sharpie Retractable Pen features a soft grip for added writing comfort and fine point tip size for everyday writing and precise lines. Quick-drying in...
Sears Marketplace
Sharpie Retractable Fine-point Pens, Colored Ink, 3 Pack (1753177)

Sharpie Retractable Fine-point Pens, Colored Ink, 3 Pack (1753177)

Sharpie Retractable Fine-Point Pens, Colored Ink, 3 Pack (1753177) Upgrade to 2-Day Air for just $5.99! $24.95 $19.35 Details Manufacturer: 0 Color: A...
eBay

$19.35

FREE Shipping
Sharpie SAN1753177 Pen Retractable, Fine Point, Assorted Ink Colors, 3 Per Set

Sharpie SAN1753177 Pen Retractable, Fine Point, Assorted Ink Colors, 3 Per Set

Sharpie 1753177 Pen Retractable, Fine Point, Assorted Ink Colors, 3 Per Set If you wish to produce bold, vivid colors with an instrument designed for ...
OfficeSuperSavers

$7.70

+$6.85 shipping
Sharpie(R) Retractable Pens, Fine Point, 0.3 mm, Black Ink, Pack Of 3

Sharpie(R) Retractable Pens, Fine Point, 0.3 mm, Black Ink, Pack Of 3

Specially designed for your everyday writing needs Use for taking notes, journaling, writing letters, making cards and more. The bold, permanent ink w...
Office Depot

$9.99

+$9.95 shipping
Sharpie Retractable Fine-point Pens Colored Ink 3 Pack 1753177 Office Studen

Sharpie Retractable Fine-point Pens Colored Ink 3 Pack 1753177 Office Studen

Buy With 100% Confidence Fast Shipping !! Brand New!! Check Other Great Sales | Read our Feedbacks | Add us to Favorite Sellers Item Description: Shar...
eBay

$14.16

+$1.90 shipping
Sharpie Pen Retractable - Fine Point - Fine Pen Point Type - Green, (1763978)

Sharpie Pen Retractable - Fine Point - Fine Pen Point Type - Green, (1763978)

Browse our Store | Ask a Question | Return Policy | Promotions | About Us Product Description Specification Payment Shipping Returns Sharpie Pen Retra...
eBay

$8.73

+$2.98 shipping