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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.


16 people found this helpful
bob_sieber
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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lauren.ciechanowski
I once borrowed a Uni...
June 21, 2015
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I once borrowed a Uni Jetstream from a friend and was thrilled when she said I could keep it. The pen swiftly and securely clicks into action. And the nib! It's a beauty! It literally dances across the page, adds muscular flair and originality to my signature and written work.
2 people found this helpful
pamfuchs11
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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claireserenska
Excellent, smooth, never...
May 23, 2016
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Excellent, smooth, never skips
These are one of my favorite...
May 4, 2016
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These are one of my favorite pens (0.38 mm tip specifically). For such a thin line, they write smoothly without being too scratchy on the paper. The only downside is they have a tendency to break. I've had at least three just completely bust apart while writing with them, I'm thinking this is due to how much pressure I'm putting on the tip. That said, I still keep buying these because they make such a great line and write so well.

Because they break on me, I don't bother buying the refills for these. In my experience the refill will last longer than the pen body. But it's a great pen.
rae.matthews
This pen compared to...
April 20, 2016
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This pen compared to the Uni-ball Signo UM-151 Gel Pen - 0.38 mm is a bit cheap-feeling with somewhat gummy ink. I was dissapointed in the lack of flow in it. Still a great pen, but not the best on the market. I also didn't like the lack of color options.
irishdancer
I am in love with this...
April 19, 2016
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I am in love with this pen! It writes very smooth, feels great in my hand while I am writing with it, and I really love the extra fine point. I find my writing is a lot neater and professional looking when I use the finer points so I really like this one. I honestly recommend this pen! :)
klcharlton14
The single best ballpoint...
March 22, 2016
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The single best ballpoint I've ever tried. Fine, smooth, consistent line. Insanely good.
LOVE THESE PENS!!! Shipping...
February 25, 2016
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LOVE THESE PENS!!! Shipping is amazingly fast and I will be ordering again!!
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