I work as a night auditor...
July 7, 2013
I work as a night auditor in a hotel and an constantly using different color
pens. In the past I used a Papermate X-Tend Multi and later their PhD Multi,
both of which I had to buy multiple times after they broke down on me after a
year or so. Their rotating action is the main weakness.
It was a tough choice for me between this and the Hi-Tec-C. It came down to the
refills being less complicated and less expensive, and I like the conical tips
that look stronger to me than the thin needle tips. Since I wanted a separate
pencil (the black .3mm Kuru Toga) I opted to fill it with five .28mm gels for
the finest lines and longer life. The eraser has seen almost no action because
of this, but it's the same size as the one in that model of pencil.
This pen is amazing! The barrel could use a grip but the smooth plastic doesn't
bother me at all. It's extremely light but not flimsy to me. It takes very
little pressure to write, and the superfine gels haven't disappointed me. The
lines are consistent, and only once the black started to fade on me due to a
bubble I think was caused from dropping it. The blue had one too, but it didn't
affect the line at all. The black recovered after a few days of coming out a
light gray. I've dropped this pen several times (I have this bad habit of
tossing and catching at work, heh heh) and that problem hasn't happened since.
The lever action is very nice too—very light and they click into place easily
and securely. The only drawback is it's a little sensitive if another lever is
touched. It doesn't take much to make your selection snap back, especially when
touching the main lever that is the clip.
I found a nice bonus too: the refills for this pen are the same size as the
Papermates I used to use, so after my first red ran out, I popped in the last
two (dull brick) red refills I had sitting around. This pen has no trouble using
them as it takes a higher pressure to write with medium ballpoints. The second
one is almost done and I can't wait to put the next .28 red gel in! I checked
and saw the gel refills for this pen work perfectly in the two types of
Papermate Multis I used to use, which is nice because fine-point ballpoint
refills for those were hard to find, but the Meister is so much better. After
using this pen constantly for eight months, it's not showing much wear. The
black plastic where I grip it near the end is slightly smoother but not by
I recommend this pen highly, and bought a second one for a co-worker last
Christmas—she loves it, and from what I've seen, the pencil action is more
solid than the old Papermates from my past. I'd like to see them offer pencil
inserts in .3mm (one advantage of the Hi-Tec-C,) as well as other sizes, but as
I decided to go with a Kuru Toga, it doesn't really concern me.
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