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Noble Metal won 2nd place...
, March 29, 2012
Noble Metal won 2nd place in my metallic gel pen shootout, behind Sakura Gelly
Roll Metallic, and tied with Y&C Gel Extreme, followed by the 3 Pentel variants,
Maxum, and then Sarasa Clip and Write Dudes.
Metallic pen sets should provide lines in various vivid, useful shades, that
appear metallic/shiny/sparkly/reflective whether viewed directly or at an angle.
Those are the most important factors, potential deal-breakers.
Brand -- Model -- Ball Size -- Apparent Line Width -- # Colors -- Reflectivity
-- Shade -- Pen Casing -- Set Container -- Consistency of Output -- Black Paper
[notes] = comparison across all brands.
Standard 8 colors = purple, blue, green, yellow/gold, orange/copper/bronze, red,
pink (breaks the rainbow+white theme), silver.
Sakura -- Gelly Roll Metallic -- 1.0mm -- 1.1mm [widest] -- 14 colors [widest
palette]: the 8 standard colors + black, blueblack, dark green, sepia, burgundy,
emerald -- high reflectivity [best] -- shade is ideal; gold and copper are ideal
[best by far] -- ultra-utiliarian casing (2/5) -- comes in square case of 16 (2
gold/silver) or smaller (both all-plastic clamshell and cardboard/plastic packs)
-- minimal skips/globbing -- ideal on black paper: bright/shiny, clear color
differentiation, more reflective than Pentel but not as vivid colors when
reflecting. Overall rating: 5/5 [best brand].
Uni-Ball -- Noble Metal -- 0.8mm -- 0.8mm -- the 8 standard colors (but "red" is
good dark pink) -- consistently high reflectivity [brightest silver] 4/5 [2nd
best] -- good dark non-pinkish purple, good darkish blue, good slightly darkish
green, good shiny med-yellow reflective = passable as "gold", 2nd best copper,
"red" isn't red but is outstanding shiny foil rose pink, most reflective silver
[best] -- good pen casing, 5/5 -- by far the best set case: tin & plastic
multitray, metal clips -- well-controlled, 5/5 -- poor color differentiation on
black, 2/5. Overall rating: 4/5 (has outstanding rose-pink instead of red)
[tied for 2nd-best brand].
Yasutomo Y&C -- Gel Extreme Metallic Rollers -- 0.7mm -- 0.6mm -- 7 colors (no
pink, which isn't on rainbow's palette) -- 3rd place for reflectivity/shinyness
-- shades are spot-on: non-pinkish purple, middle blue & green, shiny yellow &
orange, middle-red, gray/white/silver, and no pink to disrupt this balanced,
useful rainbow -- simple all-clear 1-piece casing (clear tip) with pearl colored
end and clip, the pearl-shine packaging comes with more vivid than pearl ink;
shiny and not pastel-leaning -- good clear soft-plastic pouch -- a pleasure to
write with; highly controlled and controllable for writing neat and fine
metallic text; well-regulated, almost no globbing -- poor color differentiation
on black (it's all silver, unlike Sakura and Pentel). Overall rating: 4/5 [tied
for 2nd place].
Pentel -- Metallic -- 1.0mm -- 1.0mm -- 8 -- the standard 8 colors (and white
available) -- reflectivity same as Slicci (below) -- ink shades are same as
Slicci but stronger due to increased flow -- good broad casing 3.5/5 -- no set
case -- a little gloppy, 3/5 -- On black: same as Slicci. Overall rating: same
Pentel -- Slicci Metallic -- 0.8mm -- 0.8mm -- the 8 standard colors --
reflectivity varies alot per color -- too-lavender purple, good blue, good shiny
green, darkish yellow "gold", strong brownish copper/bronze, vivid red,
too-faded pink, faint silver -- slender designer casing, hard to hold; good case
of 5 (should be 8) or cardboard/window pack of 8 -- 4/5 consistent perf. -- 5/5
on black (strong color differentiation except between purple, pink, and silver).
Overall rating: 3.5/5; inconsistent vividness, tone, and reflectivity.
Pentel -- Sunburst Metallic -- 0.7mm -- 0.6mm -- the 8 standard colors --
reflectivity same as Slicci -- ink shades are same as Slicci but paler due to
too-restricted flow -- pen casing is chaotic with 6 typefaces, 4/5 --
cardboard/plastic pack and reflective color foil sticker that overpromises --
output restricts ink flow, so less vivid (green is more generous, gloppy, and
shiny) -- on black, same as Slicci. Overall rating: same as Slicci.
Staedtler -- Maxum Gel Metallic -- 0.8mm -- 0.7mm -- 8 colors, but shiny black
instead of silver -- In the middle of the shiny/reflective range, 2.5/5 -- good
shades: purple is not pinkish; pink is rose, not baby; silver would've been
better than black; 4/5 -- colored semi-translucent plastic, like Uni Signo DX
with chromed plastic tip; 3.5/5 -- cardboard/plastic pack -- some globbing
issues despite a thin, somewhat weak line (not punchy vibrant shiny color) -- no
color differentiation on black. Overall rating: average; 2.5/5.
Zebra -- Sarasa Clip -- 1.0mm -- 0.7 (thin, faint) -- the 8 standard colors +
shiny orange (distinct from copper/bronze) -- low reflectivity on most colors --
skewed toward understated lighter shades/tones; relatively pastel, toned down
just like the packaging implies; mild colors with mild/slight reflectivity --
nice casing with great pearl-like clip (4/5); product aims at pretty, gentle
pearl-like tone rather than metallic effect -- good quick-tuck case -- writing
performance 4/5 (rare globbing but only a thin, light-colored line) -- poor
color differentiation on black (2/5). Overall rating: 2/5. Pretty, enjoyable
as color gel pens, but modest, subdued, understated, semi-shiny.
Write Dudes -- Super Gel Metallic -- 1.2mm -- 0.8mm -- 8 colors, but light blue
instead of silver -- Most colors are little reflective, 1.5/5 -- Most shades are
good, just not reflective -- cross between Uni Signo DX and Slicci, chromed
plastic (incl. tip) & clear; colored grip, 4.5/5 -- cardboard & 3D window pack
(tip: with scissors, cut flap in back of such packs) -- generous glopping, 3.5/5
-- little color differentiation on black. Overall rating: 2/5, limited by low
reflectivity: need shinyness in the ink more than on the casing (budget product
with flashy packaging). Enjoyable as a semi-metallic gel pen.
2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful
Uni Noble metallic inks...
, January 27, 2012
Uni Noble metallic inks are pretty, sparkly and shiny. I would recommend this
pen set as a gift for kids/teenagers who enjoy the novelty of metallic pens, or
for girls who like pretty and cute things. They are great for doodles and maybe
writing silly notes to your girlfriend/boyfriend in class.
But....they are NOT for serious artists or scrapbookers, the colors are just not
colorful enough. Noble's red, orange, gold, green, blue, purple, and pink
metallic ink colors are not vivid at all, they are a dull silver with a tiny
hint of color. In fact, all the colors look the same as each other, except for
silver... Silver is the best pen in the Noble Metallics set--it's bright &
shiny, a lot better than most of the other silver pens I've tried. Strangely,
the Noble pink pen has an outline effect when it dries...it's a very pretty
effect, but only the pink pen does this!
Also, journal-writers won't like Noble metallic pens because they're scratchy,
and many times the rollerball dents the paper without filling in the dent with
ink, so the lines look hollow in the middle (hard to explain, but if you know
what I mean, then you know what I mean!) Noble metallic ink simply doesn't flow
as smoothly as other Uni-ball gel inks I am familiar with...honestly, I expected
better smoothness from a Uni-ball product.
Finally, the little tin case is ***super cute*** 5 out of 5 stars for