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July 25, 2014
Outstanding little multi...
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Outstanding little multi pen. Nothing fancy, but it looks cool and works well. No, it's not super smooth, but it's also less than $10. A few things: First, there are multiple versions of this pen, specifically, an older and newer version. The old version--which i have in clear--does not have a specific stop for the all-retracted position. The newer version looks the same, but there is a tactile "stop" for the all-retracted position that is much better. I'm not sure if there is any way to know in advance which one you will get.

Second, there is nothing green about this pen. It is much more of a fluorescent yellow. Not unattractive, just very dissimilar from the name given to the product.

 
July 25, 2014
I can't believe more...
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I can't believe more people haven't written about these! They are probably the best D1 refills I have tried. Very fine, but smooth nib. These refills fit any D1 multi pens, although it is not explicitly set forth in the product description.

 
July 20, 2014
I wasn't expecting this...
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I wasn't expecting this pen to be as good as it turned out to be, and was pleasantly surprised. Works very well, and holds the refills securely when writing. I've used Pentel Vicuna, Uni Jetstream, and Zebra Emulsion refills in it with no problems. Although it seems some refills are a tighter fit than others, the pen held each securely. The mechanism is fairly smooth and continuous. That is, you can twist the pen in the same direction and it will constantly cycle through the refills. There is no stopping point in either direction. My only criticism is there is a slight bit of difficulty getting all of the refills to retract. The pen doesn't seem to have a specific "all retract" position, so it takes just a little more effort than it should getting all of the tips inside the pen body than it should. Also, because the pen body is clear, the ballpoint points rub the inside of the pen tip as they extend and retract. This leaves traces of ink on the inside. If you are a clean freak, this will annoy you to no end, especially in the completely clear (no color) version.

 
July 20, 2014
Not a bad refill. Zebra's...
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Not a bad refill. Zebra's 0.7mm is a little bit thinner than everyone else's. Smooth enough, but it does not lay down quite as consistent a line as the Jetstream. Also, this point has a tendency to blob, and smear. Although it's cheaper than the Jetstream, it does not write as well.

 
July 20, 2014
For some reason, Uni's...
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For some reason, Uni's Jetstream blue seems to write the best of all their colors. No idea why, but it holds true for the D1 refill as well. Just a very solid, consistent, blue line. Probably the best D1 refill going that I have tried thus far.

 
July 20, 2014
Smooth with a nice dark...
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Smooth with a nice dark color. However, the tip was prone to blob ink. Really made a mess of my Hobonichi planner's Tomoe River paper. Perhaps on normal notebook paper, it would be okay....

 
July 1, 2014
Although not the most...
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing gel pen on the market, the Zebra Sarasa excels in every area that matters. The barrel is comfortable--not too thick; not too thin--with sufficient grip to keep from slipping. The spring-mounted clip is brilliantly designed. Most plastic clips are merely vestigial limbs, and not particularly useful without breaking.

The ink and writing tip are outstanding. I emptied an entire refill without a skip, sputter or hesitation. The lines are slightly bold, but near the advertised 5mm width. I found the tip very smooth. Unlike Pilot and Uni gel pens, the Sarasa seems to dry incredibly fast with no smearing. I'm left handed, so that is a big issue typically.

 
April 4, 2014
Great pen. Like others,...
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Great pen. Like others, I think it writes very well. However, the ink reservoir is tiny. These things run out of ink super quick in the 0.7mm tip size. Also, the cap does not positively engage the end of the barrel when posted; it is merely friction fit. If you like the needle tip, I think the Pilot Hi-Tec C is a better pen at this price point.

 
April 4, 2014
Oh, it pains me to write...
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Oh, it pains me to write this review. I am a huge fan of Pilot's products, from their inexpensive gel pens all the way up through their impressive fountain pens. However, this particular product has some problems. The pen does not write consistently. Lines are thin, then thick, then thin once again. The problem is ink seems to collect around the tip of the pen, and periodically causes globs to come off during writing. This ink also comes out when the pen is capped, and eventually covers the entire tip of the pen. It is a mess, and one I have not encountered with other gel pens. Not recommended.

 
April 4, 2014
Great pen, though not...
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Great pen, though not for the price. It is everything people say of it. The lines are smooth and consistent, though it can sometimes take a few strokes to get the ink flowing. The cap posts with a positive click, and the refill holds a substantial amount of ink. If Uni-Ball didn't make a pen that was significantly cheaper and writes just as well (UM-100), this would be my go-to disposable gel pen.