This is a very comfortable pencil to write with. Everything about it is as
advertised. However, the clip fell off almost immediately. I don't really care,
it was a horrible clip to begin with. I have not ever broken a lead with this
pencil and it is completely reliable. The sliding sleeve allows me to write so
long that I'm often surprised when I have to push the button. A previous
reviewer thought that the lead breakage claim was over-stated. My daughter often
bangs my pencils and pens unconsciously on the desk top when she's thinking.
These 0.5 mm leads cannot survive that, but that can't be blamed on the pencil.
This is a very good deal and works very well.
For histology drawings, for biology or anatomy classes, this is the pink (Pure
Pink) you need. I teach Biology and recommend this one to my classes. The Uni
151 Violet and Blue go best with this pink (Pure pink).
This is the best multipen I own. It writes very smoothly, the colors are
saturated, the black is black (not gray) and it's hefty enough to give good
control for neat writing. I have tried many others, like Zebra Sarasa, Pilots of
all kinds, Bic's, Platinums, and Cross, but for smoothness of writing, none come
I like this pencil for everything except the sliding sleeve on mine is
annoyingly scratchy. As long as the lead is sticking more that a millimeter it's
ok, but as soon as it gets short it has to be lengthened. At this point you
might be thinking - of course, that's what the shaker is for! But, a sliding
sleeve on other pencils like the Pentel "sliding sleeve Sharp" (that's what they
call it) is smooth and allows you to write until you've used about 4 mm of lead
before you have to click again. Too bad.
I teach college Biology and my students often have to draw what they see under
the microscope. The best colors for this are pink, blue and purple. Typically
they use colored pencils, but pencils, no matter how sharp, are usually too
blunt to draw any detail. I tried these out and they work great. Thin lines,
great color, erasable and don't need sharpening. I am going to recommend these
to my class this spring.
These pens will write on hard surfaces like glass, if you write slowly. You may
have to start the ink with a scrap of paper first. The colors are very good,
although I wish there were a purple instead of the blue-black. They are not like
paint or markers, the colors will not blend, but they can be used to decorate
plastic and glass items. I use them to mark stuff in the lab where I work. I
write my initials on glassware, pens and things like that to identify them. My
tests have shown that acetone, alcohol and water will not wash this ink off of
anything or out of anything after it dries, so it's the perfect lab marker for
labeling and notebooks.
By the way, the cartridge fits perfectly in a Pilot G2 pen if you don't like
separate caps. The ink will not dry out without a cap.
I suspect that Pilot is going to drop these, so get a few while you can. They
are the ultimate graffiti pen.