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Uni Kuru Toga Roulette Model Auto Lead Rotation Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Gun Metallic Body - UNI M5-1017 1P.43
  Very nice pencil. My..., April 5, 2014
By djbull01
Very nice pencil. My only complaint is that the eraser is small and difficult to use. But if you have a separate eraser this pencil makes for a great writing tool.
Zebra Tect 2way Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - White Body - ZEBRA MA42-W
  Honestly mystified by..., April 5, 2014
By kof...
Honestly mystified by all the reviews that say this pencil feels fragile/cheap. I bought mine in 2011 and other than some rubbing out of the text, it still looks like new now in 2014. I'll be upfront and say I haven't ever used this pencil for drafting, just day-to-day note-taking and drawing, but it's done me well these last few years.

The shaker mechanism gives it a nice heft and helps keep the center of balance relatively low, so it's easy to control. As a result, I've actually found it to be more comfortable to use than my fancy alpha-gel kurutoga pencil. Both the shaker and the clicky lead advance work well and haven't broken on me yet. The eraser is a tiny nub of a thing like basically every draft pencil out there, so get a nice eraser and you're golden. :)
Uni-ball Signo UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Emerald - UNI UM151.31
  Bought this because the..., April 4, 2014
By kof...
Bought this because the color caught my eye and because I've always been a fan of these pens. The color is lovely blue-green shade that catches the eye but is still very readable even in large chunks. Definitely recommended :)
Uni-ball Signo UM-151 Gel Ink Pen - 0.28 mm - Mandarin Orange - UNI UM15128.38
  Got one of these for..., April 4, 2014
By kof...
Got one of these for grading papers. It is very, very bright and, although recognizable orange, almost indistinguishable from red at a glance. Has all the characteristics I love in UM-151s but also had the unfortunate tendency to blob at times. Not a huge deal, but still annoying at times.
Pilot Juice Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - 12 Color Set - PILOT LJU-120UF-12C
  My previous favorite..., April 4, 2014
By kof...
My previous favorite gel pens were the Uniball UM-151s because they had waterproof ink, sturdy cone tips, and nice rubberized grips, but they're a little expensive. The Pilot Juice have similar characteristics and are slightly cheaper so I decided to take a chance on them.

Overall I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase. The pens write smoothly (I, at least, haven't noticed any scratchiness) and, while the ink isn't 100% waterproof (a small amount will run off when soaking in water) it's very very close. They do feel a little cheaper and lighter than the UM-151s, but that's to be expected at ~75% of the price. The case is obviously flimsier than the hard plastic one used on the UM-151s but it's actually held up pretty well to being banged around in my backpack everyday. And although I thought the holes for looping in lanyards on the clip was ridiculous at first, it ended up being really useful for tying them up next to sign-up sheets and the like.

My only problem is the inclusion of apple green and blue-black. The former is too light to be read at the 0.38mm thickness and pretty much useless. The blue and blue-black are both usable pens, but the colors are very very similar in real life, and I didn't see the point in having both of them. I ended up buying a leaf green and violet pen to replace them so the set is perfect for me now, but I wish they'd be included in the first place.