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Uni Jetstream 4&1 4 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil - White Body - UNI MSXE510007.1
  I am often conflicted..., November 17, 2010
I am often conflicted when trying to figure out how many tips I want in a multipen. Now I know 5 is too much. The item is fat and heavy and uncomfortable to hold. Also, the click mechanism is finicky and you can easily disengage the lock by accidentally hitting your finger on the clip (which also serves as the button for the mechanical pencil).

Now on to the good news - the pencil writes well (no breaking) and the ballpoints are the JetStream points we all love. Very smooth and crisp and to me 0.7mm is the best size for pens. Four colors plus 0.55 lead have all your bases covered.
Pentel Graph 1000 X Stein Limited Edition Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Green Body - PENTEL PG1005SS
  I am a sucker for limited..., November 17, 2010
I am a sucker for limited editions so of course I had to pick this up. This writes well and the lead doesn't break but that's about it. It's NOT made of metal, even though the body is shiny and might lead you to believe it's aluminum. It's very lightweight, in a way that makes me concerned. There's really nothing stellar about it and while it writes fine, you're better of spending the price premium on something else. Or multiple something else's.
Zebra Sharbo X LT3 Pen Body Component - Hunter Green - ZEBRA SB22-HG
  A really really nice..., November 15, 2010
A really really nice multipen. I think the matte color choices are really nice, earthy. The refill system is very simple to work. For being a multipen, the barrel is not at all large. Perhaps only a hair more than a standard ballpoint. The matte finish makes it easy to grip; no slippage. You pick colors by rotating the barrel and while there is no "click" there's easy to feel feedback plus a visual indicator to tell you you're on a new selection.
Uni Jetstream Sport Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Black Ink - UNI SXN-157S BLACK
  If you are going to get..., November 15, 2010
If you are going to get a Jetstream, the 0.7 mm size is the best IMO. These pens tend to be sharper/scratchier than other ballpoints, perhaps because they are not using a specialized smooth ink like the Vicuna or Surari. I actually don't know why they have such a following. They are good pens but you can do better.
Pentel Vicuna Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Blue Body - Blue Ink - PENTEL BX157-C
  Oops, correction on my..., November 15, 2010
Oops, correction on my last review. You can refill it. You just need to unscrew from the top.
Pentel Vicuna Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Blue Body - Blue Ink - PENTEL BX157-C
  Smoother writer. Barrel..., November 15, 2010
Smoother writer. Barrel is closer to a purple than a blue. I think it's not as smooth as Surari but the ink it lays down is crispy and the writing is smooth. I don't like all the detailing on the barrel though. There's this marbling pattern and the seams make it look cheap. It's also not refillable; at least I couldn't find a way to unscrew it.
Zebra Surari Emulsion Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Black Ink - ZEBRA BN11-BK
  I have always been a..., November 15, 2010
I have always been a fan of gel ink pens because ballpoints were not smooth and often were "sticky." The Surari emulsion pens are my favorite writers. Lines are crisp, flow is good, and it never skips. There's also none of that gunk buildup that you often associate with ballpoint pens. I highly recommend the Surari.
Noodler's Ink Fountain Pen with Piston Fill & Ink Window - Fine Medium Nib - Black Body - NOODLERS 18001
  This is my first fountain..., July 15, 2010
This is my first fountain pen and I am glad I chose it. It's only $14 which makes it way cheaper than some of the rollerball/ballpoint pens or even mechanical pencils I have. I don't know anything about fountain pens and think they are quite intimidating so I thought I'd start out with this and a bottle of Noodler's Ink (seperate review). First of all, it's not very clear how far you are allowed to unscrew the plunger cap. I just unscrweed until I felt resistance and stopped. It seems like it could break with moderate force. When I first filled it, I dilled the nib in and screwed the end so the plunger would suck up the ink. I was able to write but I noticed that the cavity was not completely filled. I could see through the ink window. I pushed the plunger back down and tried again. No luck, this time the pen stopped writing altogether. I tried 5 more times with the same results. Finally, I decided to clean it out by plunging the tip in water and depressing the plunger. I saw bubbles being formed higher up on the nib, around where it meets the main body; where the silver ring is. That told me I was not dipping far enough. So I tried submerging the pen deeper into the bottle and now everything is great.

How does it write? with the fine-medium nib (only one available), it writes really smoothly. I don't have any experience with fountain pens so I don't know what a 'scratchy" nib is but I can imagine because I have a 0.5mm pen that is extremely scratchy. This one does not snag at all and the ink flows cleanly. I think the pen is very susceptible to "bleeding" however. What I mean is if you barely touch the tip or the side "hole" of the nib, ink comes flowing out. This makes any cleaning with a paper towel (by dabbing), very difficult. are all pens like this?

For $14 you can't expect any bells and whistles. The pen actually looks and feels pretty cheap. It looks exactly like those disposable pens you've surely bought/used in the past. The black body is glossy but also very prone to micro-scratches. I don't mind though because it's a cheap pen. Then again, $14 is 3-5x more expensive than a disposable pen and you would expect this to be a bit nicer.

Overall I am quite happy with it.
Uni Jetstream Standard Ballpoint Pen - 0.5 mm - Red Ink - White Body - UNI SXN15005.15
  I bought this size (0.5mm)..., June 7, 2010
I bought this size (0.5mm) because that's the size lead I use for my mechanical pencils. Big mistake. It's extremely sharp and scratchy and while lead can be smooth to counter this, a ballpoint tip cannot. Other than that, it's a nice pen. The grip is comfortable. I think the barrel is a little too thin for my tastes (barely). The ink flow is good and the retraction mechanism and button activation act as expected.
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