Knight Hawk Pen Magnifying Pen Review

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I love finding unique writing instruments and I think that the Knight Hawk Pen certainly qualifies as unique. What is so interesting about this ballpoint pen? It has a built in magnifying glass in the body.

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At first glance, the Knight Hawk pen looks like an ordinary ballpoint pen that you might see on anyone’s desk.

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It’s made of Black plastic and has a removable cap. The ballpoint pen has a fine line tip that is always extended and there is a soft squishy rubber grip to make it comfortable to use. The pen has a Black ink cartridge that writes smoothly. The ink cartridge is approximately 2.63 inches (6.7 cm) long. It will accept a refill like this one.

The plastic feels a bit light weight and cheap, but during the time I’ve been using it, it hasn’t broken or cracked. I think it would hold up during  normal use.

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When you examine the pen a little closer, you quickly notice a switch on the barrel.

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Sliding that switch to the ON position causes a bright White LED to illuminate. The LED is powered by 3 LR41 coin cell batteries, which are easy to replace. The Knight Hawk can be used in a pinch as a flashlight if you’re in a confined space, but I don’t think it would work very well to light your path outside in the woods or anything like that.

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On the barrel end of the pen is a knob. Twisting that knob…

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… opens a magnifying window.

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Turn on the LED light and open the window and you can easily illuminate and magnify text up to 3x. I can see how this pen would come in handy in various situations. One that immediately comes to mind is a dimly lit restaurant, where it is difficult to read a menu.

The Knight Hawk Pen works well as a regular pen and also as a small lighted magnifying lens. It would make a nice addition to a gear bag or purse and would also make a nice inexpensive gift.

 

Product Information

Price:$19.95
Manufacturer:Knight Hawk
Pros:
  • Built in illuminated magnifying lens
  • Easy to use
Cons:
  • Plastic feels a bit cheap
Posted in: Gear

1 comment… add one

  • FRAN SMITH September 27, 2009, 3:09 pm

    What a neat pen to try. I am a pen freak as well — always searching for the right one to use. I am going to try this one out and let you know how it performs.

    I am excited about all the uses and conveniences this could bring to my work.

    Fran

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