I will compare this to...
I will compare this to the Uni Jetstream 4&1 0.38mm ink + 1 0.5mm pencil. I will
refer to this pen when I say "Uni"
A) As one of the other reviewer stated the ink does not flow evenly on 'cheap'
paper but works well if you use nice thick ones. For people living in Japan this
is probably not an issue because almost all paper there is the quality
equivalent to Kokuyo or Maruman. However, in America, where I live, there are
plenty of cheap papers that feel almost like newspaper. I personally use
graphing paper to do all of my writing, and the brand I use, Avery, happens to
use this 'cheap' paper to make their graph paper, thus I cannot use this.
However, if you use any decent paper, it should not be a problem. The Uni,
however, will work well on these cheap paper flawlessly and does not skip.
B)The Sakura, however, does have a deeper black. It could be because there is
more ink flow, since it is a "gel" ink, but there is no difference in thickness
so it's not like it 'seems' more black because there literally is more black; it
just spews out more black ink in the same 0.4mm thickness thus giving it a more
true black color. The Uni is not bad, though. It is not like it is grey or
anything. It is definitely black. It's just that once you use the Sakura, you
can definitely tell that the Sakura is much more black than the Uni.
A) The pencil of Sakura seemed to knock itself back into the pen more often than
the Uni. While using the Uni pencil, I have never experienced it ever retracting
itself into the pen while writing, while the Sakura has done that several times.
B) The pen also rattles within the hole. This is a BIG deal for me, may be not
for others. For me, this is a good enough reason to not use the pen. My letters
are about 1-3 mm in height (judging from the spacing within the 5mm lines I
write in). Thus, if the pen has a play of even 0.01mm, it actually really
influences the neatness of my letters. I realized that if I just write slower,
or write long enough that my hand automatically accommodates to this play it is
not a problem, but I didn't want to adjust...sorry...too lazy. The one thing I
love about Japanese pens is it's perfect engineering of its knock style pens
where the pen does not have any play and is completely solid. The Uni is like
this, the pen does not move at all. A perfect fit.
The thickness of the Sakura is slightly thinner than the Uni and for me, a 5'8",
150lb male, I am fine with either, but I think I prefer the thinner one. I
cannot use thin pen/pencils. It feels like I'm writing with a toothpick. I think
the Sakura was a perfect thickness. The Uni, now, is slightly too thick for my
This pen is not a problem and is a fantastic pen with great ink flow and color
A) you write on a normal paper, that is, not cheap paper that feels sort of like
a newspaper/cooking sheet.
B) You don't mind the 0.005mm play between the ink and the casing.
C) The colors are beautiful.
D) is actually 0.4 mm thick.
E) perfect thickness for the average person.
If you are not a crazy person like me that only used pens that have 0% play and
you use a normal paper, you should probably get this pen over the Uni because it
has better color and is probably a better thickness pen for the average person.
If you are taller than 5'8" or have hands that are larger than the general
public, then you might do better with the Uni.
The following comment has nothing to do with the brand, but with the ink, and is
true for all pen, not just Sakura or Uni, but all pens.
A small note, for those of you who are still novice in pen fandom, is the fact
that this is a gel ink. Gel ink has a heavier ink flow than the usual ball point
pen. Thus, it will run out quicker. Usually you will notice that gel ink
cartridges are much thicker than ball point pen refill ink cartridges, and it is
for this reason. I use a ball point pen with normal ink flow and it runs out in
about 1-2 weeks while the Gel will run out a little quicker than that. The
Sakura ran out of ink in 4 days for me. I must say, this is probably not usual
for people, but I write all of my notes and essays and journal with a pen, thus,
me personally, as a person who writes a lot seek normal ink pens, not Gel. This
is probably not a concern for the general public who only use the pen for
signing something, or taking short notes in books while doing everything else on
the computer, but that is not the case for me. So, to complete this review, if
you are considering buying either the Uni or the Sakura, keep in mind that if
you write a lot, you will be buying refills a lot. I use a ball point, the Uni,
and I keep 2-3 extra backups in my bag at all times for I will go through all of
them in about a month if I write more heavily than usual. I will further note
that the writing experience of the Sakura was exceptionally good (the ink color
and the thickness of the pen) that I was willing to switch out the ink more
frequently. However, the fact that the ink skips on thin paper (which I use) and
the fact that there is some play between the casing and the actual ink prevented
me from further using the Sakura. (P.S. I use the typical Pilot Frixion pen in
about 2 days; those pen's dump ink like a tsunami...man did I love those pens...
only if they had a 0.3mm version with a conservative ink flow D:)
I gave it 4 stars because it is a fantastic pen, just not Perfect :b. Uni is
less black than the Sakura and is slightly too thick for my taste, but the fact
that it lasts longer and has no play are the more important for me, it may not
be for you.
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