First off, let me start...
July 21, 2012
First off, let me start by saying that I am a big fan of the Uniball Jetstream
line of pens. I really like the flow and look of their ink. However, I haven't
found a Jetstream multipen that's quite right yet. I decided to try the Zebra
SK-Sharbo+1 multipen to see if it could be hacked to take Jetstream refills.
The Sharbo pen looks really good, switches well between colors, and can be used
in a professional environment without looking out of place. The grip is a harder
rubber, which I prefer, but the diameter is ever so slightly larger than I like.
It's close enough that I could probably get used to it. For the price, I am
pleased with this pen.
While the Zebra ink does a reasonable job, I quickly pulled the pen apart to put
in Jetstream multipen refills for the red and black ink. The Jetstream refill is
just very slightly shorter than the Zebra ink, but it is the same diameter. To
get the Jetstream inks to stick out the right distance, I cut roughly 1/8" off
the end of an extra ink refill and slid that into the well of the Sharbo pen.
Now a new Jetstream ink refill fits perfectly and functions just like the
original ink. I now have a nicely functioning multipen with my favorite ink!
Unfortunately, I find that there is still a drawback to this pen. To retract the
pen, you rotate the barrel to a position midway between two colors. This
position poises one or two ink tips very close to the end of the pen, and in my
shirt pocket I got ink stains on more than one occasion. If you look at the
picture of the clear version of this pen, you will see what I mean about how
close the ink tip is to the end when retracted. This isn't a slight against this
particular pen, but rather a cautionary statement about rotary/twist selection
pens in general. For this reason I don't use this as my regular pen.