This is one attractive...
April 7, 2012
This is one attractive pen! The appearance and functionality work hand in hand
to make this my favorite pen.
Let me break this review down to the pros and cons.
++ The subtle luster on this pen's black barrel doesn't show up in JetPens'
photos. It sparkles in the light.
++ The hard rubber globe embedded on the top of the pen is probably the most
appealing design feature for me. It's a transparent golden champagne color and
sports a really cute golden flower.
++ The rotation is pretty stiff and seems really cheap at first, but it
definitely smooths out after a few days.
++ THE INK. Oh, lordy, the ink! It is such a pleasure to write with the
Jetstream ink. It's so smooth and even that all I want to do is keep writing
with it! I have not yet sampled the 0.7 refills, but the 0.5 fineness suits me
just fine. It was shockingly fine at first (I only used 0.7 and 1.0 mm pens
before this Jetstream), but it just takes some getting used to. It's hard to
believe that this is a ballpoint... other ballpoint pens can't compare.
++ Refilling is a breeze. Just twist off the bottom half of the barrel while
holding the silver ring. To refill the pencil component, pull off the tip of the
pencil part and refill. It's not easy to pull it off and will take a bit of
strength. When you're done putting in the lead, make sure you push the tip back
in all the way.
++ The barrel is the perfect width for me, and although there's no grip, it's
been comfortable to write with for long periods of time.
-- Disappointingly, the other golden flower (the one on the middle of the barrel
with all the writing on it) is just a plastic sticker. The edges start fraying
after a few days of use, and it'll probably come off.
-- As far as I can tell, the silver clip is holding up well and seems sturdy
enough, but it's too loose to clip onto one sheet of paper and will slide
-- Because the labels marking the different multipen components (red, black, and
0.5 sharp) are permanently written into the silver ring, FULL customization is
limited. Of course, you can disregard this and scramble the pen with refills
-- There are only three slots, and the mechanical pencil part can't be removed,
so you can only have two colors.
Since the 0.5 mm might not be for you, I recommend buying 0.7 or 1.0 mm
Jetstream refills with your order. Plus, you'll probably be eating through the
ink. ;) I really recommend this pen (especially the black color). It's slim,
feminine, and best of all, a great pen with magical ink.
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