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Without exaggeration,...
October 29, 2010
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Without exaggeration, my favourite ballpoint pen of any brand, model or specification. For anything short of running a 7-page imaginative context piece for my English exam, its balance between writing feedback and smoothness mated to a crisp, fine line is perhaps unbeatable. Maybe I'm just having an economy-pen streak lately but I've even been using this in preference to my 'high grade' models of various pens. For $2.25 it looks very sleek and professional.

As with all Jetstreams, the ink is much more vibrant than a typical ballpoint, particularly in blue. I find the black feels inferior to gel inks from Hi-Tec-Cs and Signos, but the blue has a nice color to it and a shade that makes it seem nothing like a second-rate compromise.

The retractable feature makes it nice and portable; the grip is neither too hard nor too soft. Most importantly of all, unlike with some of my fine-pointed Japanese gel pens, it has absolutely no trouble writing on rougher paper, whereas I feel my Hi-Tec-Cs and the like suffer unless I'm writing on high-grade notebooks. Signo DX, Signo RT, G2, thus far no pen has given me this level of performance (although I still prefer gel pens if I have quality writing material for the deeper colors).

If you know a better all-round pen for this kind of price, I'd really like to know.
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I can't use any other...
February 12, 2012
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I can't use any other ballpoint pen or gel pen. The smoothness is incomparable. I had to give this one to my mother though because she liked it so much, too! Luckily, I have backups.
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June 19, 2015
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I've always wanted a...
May 25, 2015
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I've always wanted a ballpoint pen that writes as nicely as gel pen but not as messy. This one is amazing! It's the perfect one I've been looking for.
this is a very good pen....
April 13, 2015
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this is a very good pen. a smidgeon less scratchy than a pentel vicuna and pilot acroball, both .05. the barrel is a mite too thick.the ink flow is ok. i like the T U L fine point (non retractable) better. it is less scratchy/smoother, plus the barrel is thinner. i have been using he T U L for 3 years and it has been replaced by a retractable version which i have not yet tried.
Awesome pen! Great find....
December 19, 2014
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Awesome pen! Great find. JetPens is my new place to go for finding new goodies!
Wow, This Is Smooth....
October 14, 2014
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Wow, This Is Smooth. That's the first phrase I heard after my wife used this pen. It's my reaction as well. I've used many of the Uni Jetstream line from the 1.0 mm and smaller. All of them write smoothly. This pen is easy to hold while writing and doesn't give me a hand cramp when writing long notes. It looks good and runs very well and will be in my pen arsenal for a long time.
I really dislike this...
October 12, 2014
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I really dislike this pen- it's scratchy- which is surpising since it's only 0.5mm. The ink does not flow smoothly and it always seems dried out. I bought this 2012, but am finally throwing it out after many many tries.
I really wanted to like this retractable!
I bought a handful of...
May 7, 2013
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I bought a handful of weights of blue Jetstreams, Acroballs, Vicunas, and Surais, and the 0.5 Jetstream was my favorite. I'm heavy-handed so I found some of the other pens scratchy, but this one was just right. The ink doesn't smudge at all, which is great for lefties. My only complaint is that the cartridge is a little loose, so there's a slight tactile sensation when the point is placed down/up. I remedied that by wrapping a few layers of tape around the back end of the cartridge to thicken it up and keep it from wiggling around in the barrel.
I bought 2 of these....
May 4, 2013
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I bought 2 of these. The one that works writes really nicely, fine thin line, yet smooth. The other one keeps having the ink flowing out unevenly despite being brand new. So for the one that works: 5 star, for the one that does not: 1 star. I also found that this problem of uneven ink flow happen pretty often with ultra fine ballpoint pen, so still looking for a good stable ballpoint pen because I really like the fine line that it produces.
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