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November 21, 2014
Not Recommended. There...
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Not Recommended. There are better options. I am a fan of the Energel retractable line, but picked this up as I would much prefer a smaller line width. While this is not a bad pen (hence 4 stars), there are some... issues (hence, review).

Problems:

- Writes like a Retractable. Retractable liquid ink and gel pens usually have an internal spring in the tip that pushes the ball against the front lip to seal the ink and prevent the pen from drying out. This means that these pens require more downward pressure to write, unlike the effortless way their capped cousins tend to put down ink as soon as they touch paper. Compare the Pilot Precise capped to the Precise RT. Generally this makes retractable pens better for sporadic notes, but not as comfortable for essays. I wouldn't have considered this an issue if it weren't that it...

- Dries out like a Capped. This is expected, as it IS a capped pen, but with the downward pressure required to get it writing I hoped otherwise. Nope. Says so right on the barrel, "Recap after use." Your ink life has a time limit. So, it has the disadvantages of both retractable and capped pens, and none of their respective advantages.

- No way to check ink level (AFAIK). Final nail in the coffin for me. Should be obvious from the photos, but there are no ink windows, and since it is not refillable there is no way to open it and check the cartridge. If it stops working, you'll never know if it dried out, got stuck, or is actually out of ink. If this is your everyday carry, take a backup.


Instead, consider a Pentel's Energel retractable 0.5mm. For a retractable they require very little downward pressure, which can be further mitigated with the AlloyRT's metal barrel (simply open to check ink level). Bonus, they are also sold stateside. If you need a tip closer in size, consider the Morning Glory's Mach3 0.38mm rollerballs. They use liquid ink, so they feather a bit, but write much better. If you are dead set on a gel, the Uni Signo's... are popular. Unlike ALL other Signo's I've tried, the UM-151 0.28mm I have actually writes pretty well. It puts down a consistent line, without skipping, with little pressure and is pretty smooth for it's tip size.

Note: Downward pressure is probably not an issue if you don't write cursive. On the other hand, if you print, why bother with a hybrid gel-liquid rollerball? Just go for a standard gel or ballpoint and be done with it.

 
November 21, 2014
Finally, a Signo that...
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Finally, a Signo that doesn't skip. Well, at least the one I got doesn't. A little scratchy, but writes consistently. Doesn't get stuck like the HiTech-C.

 
November 21, 2014
This is an amazing pencil!...
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This is an amazing pencil! If you follow the instructions, this will be your new favorite pencil. If you don't, the lead will break. Just click and use with the lead protectant shaft down and it moves up with the lead. It won't break if you use it this way! Awesome pencil-highly recommended! :-)

 
November 21, 2014
This is an amazing pencil!...
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This is an amazing pencil! If you follow the instructions, this will be your new favorite pencil. If you don't, the lead will break. Just click and use with the lead protectant shaft down and it moves up with the lead. It won't break if you use it this way! Awesome pencil-highly recommended! :-)

 
November 21, 2014
Love it. I wish it came...
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Love it. I wish it came with other colors for the cover, but I guess black is classic. It's a good, mature-looking journal.