I am a nurse and a pen...
June 23, 2016
I am a nurse and a pen enthusiast, and this is my pen. When I choose a pen the
requirements are: must be black, must be top button click retractable (it's by
far the fastest to deploy), and must be fine point (under 0.5mm). I've chosen
this pen over the 0.3 Zebra Sarasa Clip, and the 0.38 Uniball Jetstream (and the
older 0.38 Uniball Signo UM 138).
-The finest pen I've ever found that is still top button click retractable. I
find it to still be noticeably finer than the 0.3 Zebra Sarasa, although not by
-Incredibly consistent line over a wide variety of pressures and writing speeds
(including very rapid). Compared to the 0.3 Zebra Sarasa, I've found it to be
more consistent and less susceptible to ink clumping, or at least the slight
increase in fineness makes it less noticeable
-Out of the pens listed above, I've found this pen to be the fastest drying and
least susceptible to smudging
-The look is simplistic, yet sleek and different from typical boring click pens.
-The spring for the click mechanism is integrated into the pen. This is a very
minor thing, but it does mean that it's impossible to drop or lose the spring.
-It has difficulty writing on certain unorthodox surfaces without applying
significant pressure, and even then it's very inconsistent. This includes skin
and nitrile gloves (I think it's due to the extremely small ball size having
issue with textured surfaces). I had no issue writing on either with the Zebra
Sarasa. This is a major disadvantage for me and I've considered switching for
this reason alone, although gel ink is not a great choice in general for writing
on non paper surfaces.
-Lacks the spring loaded binder clip of the Zebra Sarasa
-Disadvantages associated with very fine tip pens. These include: writing feels
less smooth, cannot write at very shallow angles, and writing with too much
pressure can damage the tip
I have not tried the 0.38 Pilot Juice or the 0.3 Pentel Slicci, and the Pilot
FriXion does not qualify due to being temperature sensitive and erasable (I also
find the line to be inconsistent and not dark enough) along with not being top
All the pens I mentioned at the top are excellent pens however. This one just
happens to draw the finest line while still being extraordinarily consistent and
not feeling scratchy. Also of note, Uni-ball offers the same ink in the same
thickness (and pencil components too) for their customizable multipen body.
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