I work in a science lab where we use and often spill stuff like water, alcohol
and acetone. I need a pen that won't run when it gets wet with water or
solvents. The Black Fine Point Pilot Multiball is perfect for lab use. It
doesn't run in any of these solvents and it writes on the slick label tapes
(Time Tape for those know) and on metal, glass and plastics of all kinds. On
glass and hard plastic, you have to write slowly and sometimes restart the pen
with a piece of paper, but it will write on hard smooth surfaces. True the
Sharpie can do all this, but it stinks and bleeds through paper too much to use
in a lab notebook. The Multiball does not bleed through and doesn't have any
The ability to rely on one pen all day to write on anything and at such a low
price and not worry about bleeding through, re-capping, smell, running when wet,
etc... makes my life just a little bit easier. We can all appreciate that.
Next, I'm going to test all the colors with solvents and surfaces, but I'm very
optimistic about the results. Good job Pilot!
I love this pencil. When I got it, I got a big piece of paper and just started
scribbling until the lead ran out. I wanted to see how well it advanced and if
it got scratchy. The lead advanced so well I couldn't tell when it did. It did
not ever get scratchy. If I held the pen at a very shallow angle, it did scratch
a little, but I hold it about 45 degrees.
Refilling was no more difficult than any other pen. I just dropped a lead in the
end and pressed on the black tip a few times and it was ready to go.
If this technology was in a normal pencil with a clip and autoloading magazine
like the Pentel Quick Dock and hey, how about the lead-breakage preventing
technology of the Millino or the Platinum OleEnu, Then pencil lovers could stop
fussing and get back to writing the great american novel.
The big deal is that this pencil will use up a whole stick of lead. I don't
think I'll ever find out if it does for two reasons. First, it has a fixed
sleeve point (doesn't retract into the body, which it looks like it should from
the pictures) which, though conical, stabs the cloth of a pocket (and possible
skin) making it awkward to carry around. Second the clip is weak and won't grab
the edge of a pocket well enough and it feels like it could break off easily. If
these are not problems for you, I can recommend its weight and grip, which are
excellent for a pencil. It feels very secure in my hand. I will leave it at my
desk and use it there, but I usually grab my pocket when I need to write, so it
is going to roll off to some dusty corner, abandoned and alone, just because I
cannot shove it in my pocket. Too bad.
I loaded this with a pencil and two different sizes of ink cartridge and it
replaces all the pens I used to carry (I teach Anatomy and need purple and light
blue). It's also got red for grading and black for filling out withdrawal slips.
It's light and sturdy. I'm not weird enough to carry it in my pocket, though, so
the clip issues others mentioned are not a problem for me.
It's not too big, it's like a Pilot Dr. Grip, but lighter and much more
Also, the ink is waterproof, alcohol proof and acetone proof. So, I can get
drunk and grade papers and do my nails without worry.
I bought one of these for the colored pencils I use in Biology classes. It's
simplicity and versatility has made it a constant companion. It's easy to unload
and load with the stuff I need for different activities like hiking, vacations,
and school. I shouldn't be such a cheapskate and just get a bunch of them.