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Platinum MWB-500RS Transparent Body 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil - Crystal Clear Body - PLATINUM MWB-500RS 4
  I wasn't expecting this..., July 20, 2014
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.
Zebra ESB-0.7 Emulsion Ink Ballpoint Pen Refill - D1 - 0.7 mm - Blue - ZEBRA RESB7-BL
  Not a bad refill. Zebra's..., July 20, 2014
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.
Uni SXR-200-07 Jetstream Ballpoint Multi Pen Refill - D1 - 0.7 mm - Blue - UNI SXR20007.33
  For some reason, Uni's..., July 20, 2014
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.
Pentel XKBXES7 Ballpoint Pen Refill - D1 - 0.7 mm - Black - PENTEL XKBXES7-A
  Smooth with a nice dark..., July 20, 2014
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....
Zebra Sarasa Push Clip Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Blue Black - ZEBRA JJ15-FB
  Although not the most..., July 1, 2014
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.
Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Blue Ink - PENTEL BG207-C
  Great pen. Like others,..., April 4, 2014
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.
Pilot Choose Gel Ink Pen - 0.7 mm - Black - PILOT LCH-10F-B
  Oh, it pains me to write..., April 4, 2014
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.
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Basic Colors - Black - PILOT LH-20C5-B
  Great pen, though not..., April 4, 2014
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.
Uni-ball Signo UM-100 Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Blue Black - UNI UM100.64
  Great pen, for what it..., April 4, 2014
Great pen, for what it is. The lines go down smooth, consistent, and dark without the blobs common to a lot of gel pens. Pilot "Choose," I'm talking about you here! Generous amount of ink in the refills, which allows for plenty of writing. I would rate these even higher than the Pilot Hi-Tec C, and certainly more affordable.
Pilot Iroshizuku Ink - 50 ml - Kon-peki Deep Azure Blue (Deep Blue) - PILOT INK-50-KO
  Truly amazing ink. It's..., December 14, 2013
Truly amazing ink. It's rare to find such a vibrant ink that is also so well-behaved. Flows freely, doesn't seem to stain my demonstrator pen bodies, rinses with minimal effort. Similar to Sailor Sky-High blue, but slightly lighter with perhaps a tiny bit of green/turquoise.
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