I don’t normally do product reviews. By normally, I mean I never have, not even on Amazon where it’s the ‘cool’ thing to do. So the sheer rarity of this event should speak on how strongly I feel about this particular product. I was first introduced to this company in July of last year when I attended an annual industry conference known as the ABC show. During the trade show portion, a few pens from this manufacturer were shoved into my hand along with small flyers on some of the employees in the company and a brief story about what the company does. In case my audience isn’t aware, receiving something like a pen at an office supply trade show isn’t exactly groundbreaking marketing exposure.
I stuffed the pen in my bag, heard the story the rep at the booth told me and what piqued my interest most is that the manufacturing company hires people with developmental disabilities as a standard initiative, training them in necessary job and life skills so they can continue to improve. A few days later when I was finally able to pick apart my bag of handouts and turn to the actual products themselves, I gave the pens a test. I wouldn’t say I’m a pen connoisseur at all. Someone who spends $1000 on a pen that DOESN’T also make you coffee in the morning has too much money in their bank account and needs to give me an opportunity to find a better use for it. I’ve used $800 pens made of sterling silver before. They were garbage and wrote like garbage. With these pens, I was blown away. These simple, elegantly and fun designed cylinders of rubber, plastic and ink write smooth, solid, fast drying lines, and the reflexive and springy tip felt like you were putting pen to a cloud and drawing a line. The scritch of ballpoint on paper experience was a thing of the past. The grating friction of felt or liner pen rubbing as you slide across a page no longer existed.
I work in the Office Supply industry. I’ve written with thousands of pens from tons of different product lines and manufacturers. I’ve lost more pens than I’ve used. In all those writing experiences, only one pen has stood out to me in memory. Maybe I just don’t have a good memory. Maybe I really don’t care about pens, but one thing is true: I love Schneider pens. I took a few samples in various colors and styles of this pen while I was at the booth and I loved all of them. Their fine liner tips, their retractable ballpoint, their rollerball Business One, I loved all of them. I managed to talk myself into a few more samples, but I’m glad this year’s trade show is around the corner. I only hope I can get more of these pens there because my little treasure chest is running dangerously low.
Schneider, the designer and original producer of these pens is a German company that holds itself to the highest standards of sustainability and manufacturing. Stride Inc. is the local manufacturer located here in the US and as far as I’m aware, the only manufacturer for Schneider pens in the States. That they then set themselves to a higher social standard by their hiring practices is just icing on that inky cake.
For more information about Schneider, you can check them out here: https://schneiderpen.com/en_uk/
If you like funny German commercials, check out some of the videos on the page for a quick laugh.
For more information about Stride Inc, you can check them out here: http://www.strideinc.com/phb/
Their whole story about hiring and history is on their site, I highly encourage you all to take a look.