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I had one of these for...
January 15, 2013
I had one of these for 7 years, bought from Tokyu Hands in Shibuya, and it was still working perfectly when I lost it despite a lot of rough treatment and literally thousands of clicks to change between colours (I use all three colours pretty much equally).

However, the excellent build quality is just a bonus: the main reason I like this pen is that it writes beautifully. The ink flows smoothly and evenly and looks absolutely beautiful on the page. The crisp, bright, colourful look of the ink becomes even more apparent when you use high quality paper: lovely!

One of the main reasons I'm writing this review is as a response to Jarchie's; in my experience there is absolutely no problem with the blue ink. It's a beautiful shade; most definitely blue and impossible to mistake for the black. I've been through quite a few refills now (both 0.5 and 0.4 for the blue) and have never had this problem. Perhaps jarchie had a dud? The only similar thing that I have noticed is that if the pen has been stored nib downwards for a long time the first few words (literally the first few) will be darker than the rest but that's about all.

The Sarasa 3 has been my favourite pen for the last seven years and, seeing as I have just ordered three more of 'em to replace the one I lost last week, I suspect it will remain so for the foreseeable future.

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Overall, this is an extremely...
February 12, 2010
Verified Purchase
Overall, this is an extremely well-designed pen. The grip is comfortable and the body is thick--about what one would expect from a 4+1 ballpoint multi pen. Gel pens use a lot of ink, and the thick body allows for refills which last for a reasonable amount of time--unlike any other gel multi-pen I've seen. The colors are dark, making written text a pleasure to read.

The one drawback of this pen, which usually keeps me from using it, is that the blue ink is too dark. In low-light conditions, I am unable to discern the difference between blue and black--a huge problem since there are only three colors to work with and I like to color code things. There is a green ink refill available. But, to my knowledge, there is no way to change the color of the blue tab used to extend the pen tip. The perfectionist in me does not like the idea of sliding a blue tab and getting green ink.
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My son's favorite school...
March 18, 2016
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My son's favorite school writer.
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