I had one of these for...
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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