True Writer Highlighter
Beautiful and fun, but not too functional
I really wanted to love this highlighter because it's aesthetically pleasing and it would never dry out. However, it takes a lot of elbow grease to do any highlighting with the pencil.
It would be fine for small task highlighting (a calendar, a sentence or two), but this is not a pen I'd take to a class, seminar, or to highlight extensive text.
It is fun to use - it's novel, pretty, and it won't dry out so I will keep it. Just be aware of its limitations and appreciate it for its design and aesthetics. It looks nice on my desk and my kids seem to like it.
March 2, 2014
It takes considerable force just trying to highlight a book. The concept of a dry lighter is good but not practical in use.
March 1, 2014
LOVE LOVE this highlighter
Elegant, classy great feel in the hand. I love this highlighter I love the fact that it is subtle enough that I can mark up a paper without the neon wet yellow seeping through the paper and screaming "look at me"
This highlighter is subtle but it does its job. I have nothing but great things to say. I have received a ton of compliments and I can't tell you how many times people have tried to walk off with it by "accident"
This is one purchase I do not regret.
March 1, 2014
A great, versatile alternative to the highlighter
I first learned of the True Writer Highlighter while visiting the Levenger Store in the Washington, DC area many years ago. I tested it alongside the other True Writers and found it to be a useful alternative to the wet, soaking highlighters on the market. As a fountain pen user, my mixing liquid pen ink and highlighters has always ended in disaster. The problems of bleeding through, smearing, and bubbling of the pages are solved with this drylighter.
The drylighter I purchased came in the same blue marbled resin as my True Writer fountain pen. I understand that Levenger now only offers the yellow finish shown here. Also included were a multicolored drylighter pack in yellow, pink, and green, and several sticks of graphite, allowing the drylighter to double as a pencil. I wish Levenger offered this item in other finishes.
The quality of the product is excellent, and the barrel offers a nice heft that feels good in the hand. Mine is going on seven years of continuous use, and has only had one minor issue. I left it in my car for several days during the winter, and the cold caused the metal "Levenger" embossed ring to become unglued from the body. I took it into the store, where the sales staff immediately offered me a replacement. Fine customer service, as always.
Overall, this is a very good product and one that I will be using for many years to come. I rated the value only two stars, as one can just as easily use colored pencils as highlighters for a fraction of the cost. In doing so, however, one would miss out on the experience and continual enjoyment of using this drylighter. It complements my True Writer collection in a way few items can.
January 8, 2014
I do not agree with the positive reviews. The yellow highlighter crayons are so hard that the "highlight" is barely legible. In order to leave a discernible mark I've had to run the pen point back and forth several times with heavy pressure. Very disappointed in this product.
November 13, 2013
Can't get started
I've read the other reviews and I can't even figure out how to load the leads into the case. When I press down on the end of the case the tip extends and I can fit a lead into the tip, but then it is too fat to retract into the body of highlighter. The directions are NOT very helpful. I wish there was a YouTube video on how to load your highliter.
September 2, 2013
Much Better Than Regular Highlighters
I've been using this extensively in my back-to-school training this year and I'm very impressed by it. The drylighter is very durable and makes a good mark, though I do wish the eraser was better at removing marks. I would also recommend incorporating a clip on the drylighter and allowing for personalization.
August 24, 2013
Being a graphic designer, as well as a pen collector, I found the True Highlighter a unique and innovative product. I have not seen any mechanical highlighters that employ a dry refill (Levenger sent six yellow ones with my purchase). The advantages with using a dry highlighter are that it does not cause the page to bubble; it avoids messes like clothing stains; and has a much greater life span. I also ordered the refill kit, which contained a yellow, pink, and green refill, along with three similarly sized pencil leads.
Furthermore, connoisseurs of cool will appreciate the well engineered design to the cap, as it hides an eraser which recesses into the barrel. The Teutonic appeal is further enhanced when you unscrew the eraser from the knurled top to reveal a clever built-in sharpener. The barrel seems to be made of a high-grade acrylic or similar thermo-resin, allowing for a nice glossy finish and good overall weight. The only negative I can find with this product is the lack of a clip--not that I like to clip things in my shirt pocket, but that feature would help keep the highlighter from rolling off my desk. Still, in my opinion, this deficit is more than made up for by Levenger’s inclusion of a zippered pouch. I really like it because I can store my writing pen and Sharpie, along with the highlighter and some refills.
July 8, 2013
Love the product, quality is fair
I purchased this as a replacement to one that I bought many years ago. The quality of this "version" is far less than I expected. As others have shared it is cheap plastic; my original felt more substantial. And definitely priced too high for the quality.
I do however love this product and use it on a daily basis.
March 26, 2013
The rollaway highlighter!
Love the look, the quality, the weight and that it doesn't bleed through. Wish it highlighted easier with one stroke. Maybe a slightly softer "stick" would help.
Really, somebody should have thought about putting a pocket clip on it so it wouldn't keep rolling away: Rubber wrap? Flat-side grooves? A leash? SOMETHING! I could have "pitched" and sold 20 of these if it hadn't been the laugh of the meeting room ...
Come on, guys, get a little creative here. We finally wrapped a rubber band around it while editing our mag., because we all wanted to use it. How cool is that, an ugly rubber band around this awesome-looking highligher pen?
For the price ... Levenger should consider designing a nice clip and sending a free one to all who have purchased this item. I would do that -- kind of like a recall. Thanks!
April 29, 2012