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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.