I'd like to thank the awesome people over at TPE Ishuja for sending me this pen set! You can go check out their website and store HERE.
The first thing you notice when you take the pen or pencil out of the box is that it weighs close to nothing! The use of bamboo and aluminum allowed them to make a solid feeling, though light pen. Because of the minimal weight, it's hard not to have it in balance, posted or unposted, both feel pretty well-balanced to me! The pen itself isn't exactly huge when unposted, however it's still decently sized for my hand.
The cap doesn't post very deep onto the body, so it gets a bit (too) long when posted.
The pen has a very minimalist and modern design, but the bamboo barrel gives it an organic feel. I really like the way they look, the design is very straightforward, no clip, no branding (except for the logo on the endcap), just aluminum and the gorgeous grain of the bamboo. They look exactly alike, except for the pencil having a push button at the back of the body.
The stylus tip works fine, it's not extremely responsive, but I've definitely seen worse. You can also buy an extra adapter cap that holds Wacom stylus tips, which are a bit narrower and thus more precise.
The other problem is the fact that the pencil mechanism can't be advanced when you post the cap, unlike other capped pencils like the Tombow Havanna or Pentel Kerry that do allow the lead to be advanced when posted.
A simple remedy would be to just use it unposted -which would solve both problems at once-, the pen is long enough so it should be equally comfortable for most people. However it's still quite sad to see that they didn't keep these things in mind when designing the pens.
The pen comes in two variations, a Pilot Hi-Tec C version and a Pilot G2 version. But I found that the Hi-Tec C version can also take the G2 refill with a simple hack (just take out the plug at the back of the G2 refill and tape it down in reversed orientation to make the refill equally long as the Hi-Tec C, and it will fit perfectly!) I'm sure other pen refills would fit as well, granted the occasional pen hack! The fact that you can swap out refills quite easily makes this pen even more versatile. I really like these Hi-Tec C refills, they included a broader 0.5 with it, which is great for sketching but also general writing.
If you happen to like your pens posted all the time, I could imagine the occasional frustration, because a big part of the experience with these Eco-Essential pens, lies in wether you post the cap or not. Nevertheless, I think Now&Then did a great job designing these pens, with clever customisation options and a beautiful, clean design. The functionality isn't always optimised, but to be honest, I can think of annoying flaws on pens that cost much, much more!
Check out their website HERE for more information, other products and to buy the Eco-essential pen.
Note: this pen was sent to me by TPE ishuja, free of charge, so I could write this review. I was in no way influenced in the making of this review, nor was I monetarily compensated. The opinions shared in this review are completely my own!.