October 7, 2012
I hate to be negative because I rarely use a pen that I can't somehow twist into
a positive. Each pen has a different character, and I can convince myself to use
or like most, even if not great. I just received my package of Zebra ZMulsion EX
pens today. I was super excited as I always am when receiving pens.
Very disappointed. I cannot decipher any difference between these pens and
ball-point pens (which I refuse to use, by the way). They have the greasy, musty
smell of ball-points, which is actually kind of nostalgically fun. Ironically,
that might be the high point; all downhill from there. They skip and blotch
worse than even the cheapest ballpoints. Huge parts of letters are invisible
because the ink skips like no one's business. There are dark and light areas,
They are toted as being like gel or roller ball pens. Not true at all. They are
like ballpoint pens in every regard. They are supposedly not supposed to smear.
Of course the same is claimed of ballpoints, and they've always smeared for me.
Partially because they are gooey and oily. These goo up a lot. I actually saw
stringy residue fall down after each stroke, kinda like picking up a delicious
piece of pizza with cheese strings or dipping bread in fondue. Strings, strings
and more strings.
I recently bought some SARASA pens, also by Zebra. Those pens are awesome, a
good alternative for the same brand.
Of course, if you like ballpoint pens, you might like these Zebra ZMulsion EX
pens. I've never understood the attraction to ballpoint pens. I like smooth,
consistent, bright, bold, rich pigment, archival, fade-proof, water resistant
pens... which means I will always prefer roller balls, gels, or fine tipped
felt. I thought these would be similar to some of those favorites. Nope.
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