The rotational mechanism that is the selling point for this pencil did rotate
the lead allowing for a constant 'soft edge' to contact the paper - this
provides, as advertised, a uniform line.
Since I write in cursive, I'd rather have a sharper point since I'm not pressing
as hard with the lead to create a strong visible line in script. For my writing
style I wasn't impressed with the effects overall.
Also note, when I purchased this pen earlier on this website it was $14 for the
starter set and is now only $5.
I was previously using the Pilot FriXion Multi plastic-bodied pen as my "go-to"
for note taking given its ability to write over printed powerpoint slides and
erase cleanly when I found better coherence to my thoughts.
My only complaint about the plastic-bodied multi-pen was the lightness of both
the black ink and the scratchiness of the red. With this upgraded version, the
point of the pen is more heavily weighted by the metal lower body meaning both
the black and red are much fuller and visible then before and don't require me
to write perpendicular to the page just to get those inks to work appropriately.
Overall I love this pen, but like anything I wish it was cheaper.
Great pen. Higher visibility than I expected, but definitely less than a gel ink
or ballpoint would produce. This is a great note-taking pen with no smearing
upon erasure that provides a much better set of notes than a pencil ever could.
I use this pen for about 5-7 hours at a time with only the occasional ink
thinning and have never had a problem described by the other user about
Depending on your writing style, this size (0.5mm) or type of ink
(water-colorish) might make this pen difficult for you. The scratching requires
you to let up on the amount of pressure you put on the pen given the ink is not
as a thick as a regular gel pen. Maybe grab a 0.7mm if you have this problem.
Also, if you have a slanted handwriting style like I do (being left handed), the
ink doesn't flow as well creating a much lighter line than if you held the pen
perpendicular to the paper. I've adjusted my own writing style to work with this
pen since I haven't found a better pen for note-taking.