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This is a great pen;...
, June 14, 2011
This is a great pen; does not deserve those negative reviews imho.
First off, I did not buy this pen from JetPens (I DO buy many pens here) since
it wasn’t available until recently. I’ve had one over two years, brought
from Europe, and really like it. It was introduced in 2005 (such comment as
“ripoff of the Zebra Sharbo X” is total nonsense) but only sold in select
markets. I’m glad that it finally showed up here.
It is a very high quality pen; well made and feels solid. Compare to Sharbo X
(since already mentioned), Zoom 414 is much slimmer but actually heavier. I
would rate the quality of this pen better that AL5 and maybe similar or better
than CB8 (I have both). In many ways, it is similar to Platinum Double R3 pens
(own one) but much higher quality overall.
The design is minimalistic; simple, subtle yet elegant. No wonder that it
received both iF and reddot design awards. If you prefer flashy or colorful
design, this is likely not for you.
For a slim pen, the grip is adequate. The action is reliable and feels solid.
Clip is solid and strong (reminds me of some Lamy pens). To fit in all these
into a slim body, some compromise had to be made, I guess. Pencil mechanism is
not as robust as Sharbo X, and only in 0.5mm. I would love to have 0.7mm option.
I am somewhat careful with this pen, but then I’m also careful with Sharbos.
Style Fit is the best when I’m in carefree mode (btw, with a little work, you
can fit sharbo 0.7mm pencil into Fit). Built-in eraser is not that usable (same
goes to Sharbo X). I fitted it with OHTO refills (please restock) and, again, am
Expensive - yes, worth the price - likely, & yes to me. I have another Tombow
pen that is about 30 years old, still works fine. I feel this pen will last just
as well, probably outlast me…
| I bought the silver...
, March 31, 2012
I bought the silver Tombow Zoom 414 about 6 months ago. I've used many types
of Lamy multi-pens (4 of them), two Sharbo-X and a Sailor multipen, and the
Tombow is my favorite. In fact, i've given away most of my other multipens, and
now, the Tombow is the only pen i put in my pocket.
The silver version is really beautiful looking in my view - simple and
elegant. The construction is top notch. While the twist mechanism of the
Sharbo-X has a more definite catch, i do not have any complaints about the
Tombow's. Sure, the pen could be cheaper, but you get what you pay for -
quality, and award-winning beauty.
I had some trouble initially when i tried to change the refill. Couldn't find
the way to open up the pen. Finally, found out that the split is right in the
| More expensive ripoff...
, June 13, 2011
More expensive ripoff of the Zebra Sharbo X Multi Pen System...
| I HATED THIS PRODUCT,...
, June 12, 2011
I HATED THIS PRODUCT, NEVER BUY IT!!! WASTE OF MONEY!!!
| Nice pen. I have the...
This review is from Tombow Zoom 414 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil - Silver Body
, August 27, 2012
Nice pen. I have the silver body to go with all my other titanium/aluminum
finished tech. Refined shape, and slim profile. Smooth mechanism, with snappy
lock-in indication when choosing which internal pen. Great weight in the hand.
xlnt design. the front and back half of the pen slide tightly together, not
screw, so its secure, eraser end screws down. The pen rattles a very little bit,
but compared to my Zebra Sharbo X in a similar color with similar pen/pencil
setup, its a little less refined. I prefer the Zebra. Its at the office with me
every day. I use the Tombow 414 at home. It rattles a bit more, it feels less
refined, and the front part comes away from the back part via a snug slide.
IF you don't have both pens, choosing this one is a fine decision.