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 3.8 (4 customer reviews)
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful
  I'm writing another review..., October 9, 2011
By rad...
I'm writing another review for this pen after testing out two other refills in it.

First I tried a Foray ink refill (that is Office Depot's store brand), which was the same size as the Pilot ink cartridge that came with the pen, but the Foray insert has a 1.0mm tip which reduces scratchiness. It goes right into the pen with no trouble, a very easy and cheap upgrade ($0.99)

When it comes to ballpoints I really prefer broader writing tips, so I tried the ink insert from a Papermate Profile ballpoint I had lying around. I don't know if the refills for these are sold separately, but I couldn't find them at an office supply store, so you may have to buy the Profile pen just to get the ink out of it (it easily unscrews and drops right out). Once you have it out of the Profile pen, cut it down to length using the original Pilot insert with scissors--the actual ink inside the sleeve doesn't come anywhere near the cutting point, so no mess. Then just stick it in the Down Force. This refill works great, and the Profile pens have 1.4mm tips so they put down a smooth, bold line (for a ballpoint).

Both of these make this pen useful to me again. There may be other refills that fit this pen, but they simply weren't available in my area--it seems to be a rather standard sized refill though. Using these ink cartridges instead of the original presumably means that the "pressurizing" feature of this pen is lost, which doesn't matter to me because I never write upside-down.

So, the body of this pen is a winner and by spending another few dollars on a better ink refill it goes from bad to good, but it should've been good in the first place so I'm only upgrading my rating to a 3.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
  I purchased this at the..., December 23, 2011
By tak...
I purchased this at the store in Japan when I visited, and I replaced the refill to BVRF-8F-B (Acroball's refll).
The combinaion of Down Force and Acroball's refill (BVRF-8F-B) is perfect because the Down Force have no rubber grip (I always hesitate using Acroball by the unpresant rubber grip) ahd the refill of Acroball is smooth and it is smoother by the pressurization.
The initial cost of Down Force may be higher, but I get more benefit by changing refill.
1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful
  I was really excited..., September 22, 2011
By rad...
I was really excited about this pen because of its looks, but functionally, it's been a dud. The body and clip are large and feel sturdy enough, but functionally it writes like a cheap ballpoint. The tip is too fine and it's kind of scratchy as a result. Despite trying it out with a green refill, neither color was very dark on paper.

The body is awesome, the grip is comfortable, and it feels substantial in-hand. If there was a a refill that used gel ink or even one with a broader tip, this would be a better pen. (I don't write upside-down or vertically, so that aspect of the pen never appealed to me.) Unless you really like ballpoints (or know of a better refill to put in it), this one can be passed over.
  The tip is fine which..., March 11, 2014
By tan...
The tip is fine which apparantly is not to everyone's liking but I think its great. This is a sturdy, unusual and extremely likeable pen that writes well and retracts with a sharp and satisfying click.