Schneider Pen Challenge Review

As most of you know by now I do most of my art with a variety of inks.  Several weeks ago I clicked on a link on Facebook out of curiosity.   The post asked if you had taken the Schneider Challenge yet.  So I posted no, having never heard of Schneider pens I was curious what the challenge was.  They contacted me and we made arrangements for me to take the challenge.  I am so glad I agreed.  Imagine my delight when I received an envelope in the mail a couple days ago from Albuquerque.  I thought oh cool, my sister sent me something, but when I looked at the address it was from someone I had never met.  I was so excited to find out that the Schneider Challenge was from a company in my home town.  I will tell more about that company in a little while.  Right now let me tell you about the pen.

I received a Schneider Xpress for Documents 0.8mm, made in Germany.  The pen itself is neon green and blue, it is comfortable to hold.  I had a choice between rollerball or fiber (needle) tip.  I chose the fiber tip, as I was unsure if I had used one before.  When I looked at it, I realized that I have used one before, I just never knew what it was called.  I really like this pen.  The ink flows smoothly, and is a nice color of blue.  This is an easy writing instrument.  The only problem I have is I tend to drag a pen when I write, so there are a lot of drag marks as I moved from one letter to another when writing with it.  I used the pen on a drawing to see how the color held up and it worked really well.  The ink did not bleed through the paper and I will be using this pen in future drawings.  For me and my writing style, this pen will be better suited for my art, however, I can’t resist picking it up and writing a few letters here and there.

Now for the company.  I received the pen from Stride Writing Instruments from Albuquerque NM.  They included a flier that told the story of the Stride company and how they came to be in partnership with Schneider Writing Instruments out of Germany.  They are the only company in the United States that sales Schneider products.  Stride was created to help developmentally disabled individuals to develop independent lives.  This company has been certified as a small, woman-owned business that employes disabled people.  I can’t wait to go back to New Mexico for a visit.  After reading about the company and taking the pen challenge, I would love to go and take a tour of company.  If you haven’t taken the Schneider Challenge yet, you really should.  You will love their pens.

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