Uniball Signo “bit” 0.38mm Gel Pen

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Pen #23.
Uniball Signo bit 0.38mm Gel Pen

Claiming to be some of the world’s finest writing pens, the Uniball Signo “bit” series seems to truly live up to the claim (with the smallest tipsize being 0.18mm, small enough to write on a grain of rice!). I had used the standard 0.7mm size of this pen before, so when I saw that JetPens had the finer points, I knew I just had to give one a try. The pen is pretty comfortable to write with, and has a combination grip of gnurled plastic and rubber. The Signo “bits” are also refillable. One thing that I dislike about this pen is that you have to write while holding the pen relatively vertical, else all that happens is that you scratch the paper with the side of the metal needlepoint (due to the ball being so tiny). Others who have purchased these also mention that the tips break/bend easily, but I have yet to see either occur. Once again, an excellent pick from JetPens.com.

5 out of 5 stars!


Pilot Frixion Point 04 Erasable Gel Pen (0.4mm)

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Pen #22.
Pilot Frixion Point 04 Erasable Gel Pen (0.4mm)

Got another order from JetPens the other day and decided to add one of these Frixion erasable gels to my order, I was a little pensive at first, since I’d purchase one of these several years back and was not at all pleased (1.0mm line size, ink smeared, never would erase properly, bulky, the list goes on and on…). I am very pleased to say that my pensiveness was in error! Pilot of Japan seems to have figured out what the problem was and came out with this dandy of a pen. The 0.4mm needlepoint lays own ink very smoothly (a little lighter than I prefer, but it is erasable) and with minimal scratching. The ink also erases very well using the “Frixion Rubber” on the end of the pen. The Frixion Point is also very well designed in that it is thin, has a comfortable grip, and I must admit that the barrel /cap color is very pleasing to the eye. An excellent choice from Pilot and JetPens, and one that I will probably purchase again nin the future!

5 out of 5 stars!

Tul Medium Gel Needlepoint Retractable (1.0mm?)

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Pen #21.
Tul Medium Gel Needlepoint Retractable (1.0mm?)

Since buying a Tul brand ballpoint a year or so ago (and hating it…) I’ve kinda stayed away from Office Max’s signature brand. But when I saw they now had added gel pens to their line, I knew I had to at least give it a try. Ok, first off, I love the way it writes, not the way it feels. The gel ink goes on thick and dark and dries relatively quickly. Very smooth writing pen, very little scratching. This pen’s problem is that it “feels” cheap and poorly made. As I’m writing, I can hear all the pieces of the pen jostling around inside. Also the hole the ink cartridge/pen tip sticks out of was apparently drilled/molded a bit too large. As I’m writing the pen tip seems to bounce back and forth inside the barrel. My opinion on Tul pens remains relatively unchanged…

2 out of 5 stars…

Bic Triumph 537R 0.5mm Rollerball

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Pen #19.
Bic Triumph 537R 0.5mm Rollerball

Another one of my Staples trip finds, the Bic Triumph 537R really seemed to stand out on the shelf. I bought a 4-pack of these (for $6.99, if I remember correctly) and put them in my laptop case to reviews, and promptly forgot about them. After doing a little research, I discovered that the Triumph line of pens from Bic were created and marketed for the high-end consumer (average home income of $84,000+ per Bic’s press release). Well, I’m not a high-end consumer, but I am a pen nut! The 537R, I must admit, is one of the most pleasant rollerballs I have used in a while. It does have the “rollerballic” tendency to bleed a bit, but it writes very smoothly. One of the things that bugs me is the way it looks. Bic says that they were trying to attract up-scale consumers with the pen’s sleek design and “metal finish”. The “metal finish” on one of mine has already begun to scrape off with just medium use. Other than that, a pretty decent pen.

4 out of 5 stars…

Pentel Energel 0.5mm Liquid Gel Needlepoint

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Pen #10.
Pentel Energel 0.5mm Liquid Gel Needlepoint

Having reviewed the 0.7mm Energel several days ago, I decided to pick up the needlepoint retractable version of the same. This pen also features Pentel’s unique “liquid gel” ink and even promotes on the back of the package that it’s “quick drying”, and “great for lefties”. The pen is well designed, offering a rubber grip and firm clip, and also writes very smoothly with absolutely no scratching or skipping. It’s also very comfortable to write with (a test I proved by using it to take more than 4 pages of notes during my college history class). once again, a Pentel pen has captured my attention, and I plan on continuing to use them!

Excellent pen, 5 out of 5 Stars!

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