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I wanted a smooth-writing...
November 12, 2013
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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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I never thought I would...
July 8, 2014
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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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Absolutely a fantastic...
August 10, 2014
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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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Writes smooth...
May 25, 2015
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Writes smooth
v good...
April 22, 2015
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v good
My son is an officer...
March 24, 2015
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My son is an officer and loves this pen!
Oh, this is the best...
March 2, 2015
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Oh, this is the best ballpoint pen you can buy. The line this produces is much tighter than any other 0.38mm pen than I have tried and they have great longevity. The ultimate Ballpoint pen. My only reservation is that when you push the pen in upstroke (vs. dragging the tip) the ink can pile up on the tip and leave ugly blobs on hanging loops etc. So I'm wiping off the tip like a dip pen often. Besides personal issues with the pen, it is one of the best pens I have in my pocket. Writes in the rain so when I'm not using a Signo or fountain pen I go to a Jetstream. The 0.38mm brought me to I'll keep their stock rotated.
I really enjoy the crisp...
March 1, 2015
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I really enjoy the crisp lines and instant flow of this pen, but it has the tendency to blot on a fairly frequent basis that turns me off, especially for the price.
Love it. And Cheap...
February 25, 2015
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Love it. And Cheap
My new favorite ballpoint...
February 24, 2015
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My new favorite ballpoint pen! Previously had enjoyed using the Zebra Technoline 0.4 ballpoint for a year with no complaints. What happened was I was searching for an even thinner line ballpoint pen and found the Jetstream 0.38 mm. Thought I would give it a try. Wow! was surprised at the consistent flow and thin line. Always started right up with no complaint and only rarely when first used had an occasional very minimally increased line thickness. Was walking in my grocery store with a glove still on my left hand when it fell out of my hand! was really upset that I could not find it- somebody must have picked it up immediately; even employed the store manager to help but to no avail! Thus had to immediately order another set! Use time only one month. Especially like the very smooth point, not scratchy at all, glides over nearly all surfaces without skipping. Have not used the replacement refills yet. A really great find and now my favorite ballpoint pen!
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