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November 12, 2013
I wanted a smooth-writing...
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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 have.

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 in second.

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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July 8, 2014
I never thought I would...
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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.

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August 10, 2014
Absolutely a fantastic...
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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.

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January 2, 2015
It's a Jetstream, a ballpoint...
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It's a Jetstream, a ballpoint pen that doesn't suck. It's really no-frills or anything, it just works.

January 1, 2015
I don't know much about...
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I don't know much about pens aside from the commonly used Pilot G2s, but I had problems using those. My hand placement would always smear the ink and I always wished for a thinner tip.

This is the first pen I bought from JetPens, so there might be slight bias but I will try my best to justify it. I love this pen. This is the pen I have in my backpack, my purse, and my pouch at work. It's definitely a light pen, but well made and constructed. I like the curved grip. It fits nicely with my hand and the rest of the pen. The tip is very fine and thin and is very noticeable when writing. There's a very light "scratchy" feeling when writing, but I enjoy that feeling. The ink flows nicely. It doesn't smear and it doesn't splot out. It never skips. It does everything I ever wanted in a pen.

This pen pushed me to begin a journey of pen-exploration. I have also purchased a Pilot Acroball Ballpoint Pen 0.5 mm, which is the smallest tip. The Pilot is also very nice, but the tip size makes the Jetstream better for me.

November 19, 2014
Great ink and super fine...
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Great ink and super fine line for taking small notes :)

November 15, 2014
hands down the best pen...
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hands down the best pen i've ever used IN MY LIFE. and trust me, i've used a LOT of pens. i've been on the search for the best pen to take notes with in class. i write all my notes with black pens, and me being in 7 classes, that's a LOT of notes. This pen is so thin and so neat. My handwriting is TINY so this pen is amazing. It has NEVER let me down. it glides so smoothly; it's such a pleasure to write with. it's NEVER skipped on me, never dried out. i've used it every day endlessly and the ink isn't even close to being finished. i'm in love. this pen is godly. i just bought myself 10 more because the search is over.

November 11, 2014
This pen has a precise...
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This pen has a precise feeling, with some ability to vary the darkness and width of the line using different pressures, which I like. The feeling borders on a bit of scratchiness (that I don't like), but the line is quite consistent despite that very slight scratchy feeling. This is a nice pen for crosshatching because of the feeling of real precision. The line width of my 0.38 seems to compare to other pens of slightly smaller width.

November 10, 2014
It's a great pen that...
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It's a great pen that write really smoothly... I think it's a little delicate though because my pen now occasionally leaves small globs of ink on the paper after I used it to scribble out something.

November 5, 2014
Good pen. Still prefer...
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Good pen. Still prefer pilot though.