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I wanted a smooth-writing...
, November 12, 2013
I wanted a smooth-writing pen that writes with a very fine line. Not knowing
what to choose, I bought a Pilot Hi-Tech-C 0.25mm, a Pentel Slicci 0.25mm, a
Uniball Signo 0.28mm, and the Uniball Jetstream 0.38mm, all with black ink. The
Jetstream was really an afterthought - I expected the gel pens to be superior to
a lowly ballpoint. And how fine could a 0.38mm ball write, anyway? Boy, was I
wrong on both counts.
To test the pens, I wrote several pages with each one on two kinds of paper.
The Hi-Tech-C clearly wrote the finest line; so fine that it wasn't comfortable
to read my writing - too faint. The Slicci and (surprise) the Jetstream were
tied for second place as far as thinness goes. The Signo was easily the
thickest of the four.
The Signo, the Hi-Tech-C, and the Slicci were very smooth but offered
resistance, like moving a canoe paddle through water. The Slicci was best in
that regard, the Signo the worst. The resistance of the Signo and Hi-Tech-C was
so great that I can't see myself writing with them very much; it would be too
tiring. (Note that those pens probably write with much less resistance if you
choose a larger ball diameter.) The Jetstream, on the other hand, moved across
the page with no resistance, but had just a tiny bit of that "ballpoint feel".
You probably know what I mean, some kind of tactile feedback that gel pens don't
As far as comfort goes, the Signo and Jetstream were easily the best and the
Slicci was the worst. The Slicci and the Hi-Tech-C are just sooo thin and
slippery that they are uncomfortable to hold, and I got tired of squeezing them
to keep them from slipping out of my hand.
Skipping was really not a problem with any of the pens, although the Hi-Tech-C
and Jetstream did skip just a tiny bit once in a great while, with the Hi-Tech-C
worse than the Jetstream.
The Jetstream ink, being a ballpoint, dries much faster than the gel pens,
pretty much instantly.
All things considered, the Jetsteam was the clear winner, with the Slicci coming
Finally, and best of all, you can buy the fantasticly comfortable Jetstream
Alpha Gel 0.7mm pen and replace the guts with a Jetstream 0.38mm refill, giving
you what I think is the all-around best pen on the market. I didn't notice any
better pen bodies available for the Slicci, but if there were one, I would rate
the Slicci a close second.
Hope that helps.
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I never thought I would...
, July 8, 2014
I never thought I would fall in love with a ballpoint. I did. Head over heels.
Buy this even if you hate ballpoints and only wound up on this page because your
finger slipped. Buy 10. Smooth, clear writing. Occasionally the ink spits out a
little chunk of ink? I'm sure there's a word for this phenomenon but it happens
to most pens. In the scheme of this pen's performance passing it over because of
that would be like divorcing your husband because he wears Hanes instead of
Fruit of the Loom.
| I tested this pen with...
, August 21, 2014
I tested this pen with several other in the .3-.38 size range. I was looking for
something with quick drying, waterproof ink and this was perfect. Highly
recommended for a fine line.
| Absolutely a fantastic...
, August 10, 2014
Absolutely a fantastic pen. I used it to the last drop of ink. It writes very
smoothly and very finely, as expected. I write very small, but slowly, so I
prefer very fine points that do not bleed. I had no problems with this pen. I
used to use a Zebra Sharbo X, but as that has been discontinued, I got this as a
replacement and in fact prefer it by far. Extremely cost-effective. I am back
buying three more (since I did, in fact, use the last drop of ink). The only
problem I had was completely negligible: the grip got a bit stretched out by the
end there, and sometimes shifted around the body a little. I will update if
that was a one-time thing. Otherwise, and excellent purchase that I intend to
make again many times in the future.
| Awesome pen, wish it...
, July 25, 2014
Awesome pen, wish it was cheaper but still an amazing pen