October 19, 2015
I really didn't need this, but I have a thing for neat gadgets and multi-pens,
and I was ordering something else from here, so I added this on a whim, and got
a couple of the pen refills while I was at it.
Pros. The pen refill can't have much ink in it, but it writes very smoothly,
and with a very fine line, which will help the ink last a little while. The
pencil, well, it's a functional .5mm pencil. You pull out the pen refill to
access the back where you'd put in more leads; mine had a total of three,
including the one that's installed. The tiny little cap that covers the pen or
pencil is also the button for the pencil mechanism. Looks as if it would be
really easy to lose. How good are you at keeping track of your stuff? :)
Cons. Honestly I had figured out almost all of this ahead of time, and didn't
really care, but might as well mention the obvious. Something this skinny is
best for taking brief notes, which I'm sure is how most people would use it.
You wouldn't want to show up for a one hour meeting or lecture and have nothing
else to take notes with. Already mentioned the easy to lose cap. You'd
typically store this with the cap over the pen side, so if you clipped this to
your shirt pocket, the uncovered pencil lead guide is pointed down. That could
poke a hole in your pocket over time. Although this seems to be solidly made, I
wouldn't want to risk carrying it in a pants pocket, where it would probably get
beat up too much by keys and such, and could slip through a small hole. Even
though there's nothing about operating this that you can't figure out on your
own, I was a little surprised that it just came loose without any instructions
or manufacturer packaging.
If I use this enough to use up the pen refills I got, I don't have a second
source for them if Jet Pens stops carrying them. Would have to write to Pilot
On the whole, though, this is a neat gizmo that works, and it's a practical
backup for when you have nothing else. The pen on one end pencil on the other
design is reminiscent of some vintage fountain pens, which were more normal
sized, but used the same idea.