Product Reviews Written by andrewsteve

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The Pilot S20 is beautifully...
May 30, 2015
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The Pilot S20 is beautifully proportioned and balanced. If you are comfortable writing with a slim profile ballpoint, this is a good workhorse for every day use. My reason for awarding four stars and not five? The ink tended to build up on the tip during extended use and I had to wipe it several times on a scrap piece of paper. Perhaps Pilot recognized this and reformulated the ink in the recent past...I have no way of knowing unless I buy another S20 because I gave mine away to an admiring colleague some time ago!
The Zebra R-301 is a...
May 30, 2015
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The Zebra R-301 is a nearly perfect daily carry. It is well designed and well balanced. Elegantly simple in the fit and finish of the barrel, clip, end caps and finger grip. The ink flow is a bit "wet" or "fast," you may experience a bit of bleed-through on thin paper but it dries quickly. My only reason for not awarding five stars is the loose fit of the cap both when closing the pen and when posting the cap on the back from writing. The cap stays on in both positions but it rotates freely around the collar. Fortunately the cap for the similarly designed Zebra V-301 fountain pen only rotates in the posted position.
I have written long hours...
May 30, 2015
I have written long hours with my Uni-Ball Pure Malt ballpoint loaded with the black and red refills in the S-7S series and recommend them to anyone using one of Uni's compatible pens. The blue and green ink refills are also vibrant, smooth-running and reliable. They will last until the final whisper of ink is gone. If you are a Pure Malt user as I am, you will find that Uni-Balls' SXR-80-07 series of refills work just as well as the S-7S series...plus there is a 4th refill "holder" inside the Pure Malt that you can slip a spare into for safekeeping until needed!
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The Kerry is a classic....
April 9, 2015
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The Kerry is a classic. Pentel has produced this pen for at least 40 years (I lived in Tokyo in the 1960's and saw them at the time.) The design is good; the color choices fine; and the lead advancement system is great. Kerrys are compact and sturdy; definitely worth the price. Since there are so many choices among 0.5 mm pencil leads today, you really can't go wrong with this instrument.
The Uni Pure Malt Wood...
April 9, 2015
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The Uni Pure Malt Wood Grip is a fine "everyday carry." Two ink choices and a 0.5 mm pencil...that's perfect for daily use. (Although I love 4-color multi-pens and have several different ones.) The balance is excellent -- a little more weight in the point than the tail. The only refinement I can suggest is that Uni consider offering exactly the same pen with a iPad-sensitive tip at the tail. That would be the only way I would put my Pure Malt down in favor of another alternative. Although the pen body is plastic with a metallicized finish, I've carried mine in pockets, planners, and backpacks for 5 years and the finish in only now beginning to wear off a little. Great product!
I like the design of...
April 9, 2015
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I like the design of the FriXion Ball 4; it's a pleasure to hold and use for extended periods. The 0.5 mm ink lays down a line that's a tad too thin for my liking and the black ink is a little closer to grey than I would like. The grip is nearly ideal for my taste. I think it will stand up well to everyday use. Good job, Pilot!
Update to my V-301 review...
August 14, 2014
Update to my V-301 review a little bit ago...refills are available on the JetPens site. Not sure why I couldn't find them on the first search.
Personally, I find the...
August 14, 2014
Personally, I find the Zebra V-301 to be worth the money. The nib takes some time to break in and smooth out but if you are patient, I think it delivers a smooth line to the paper pretty steadily. I appreciate Ron's 2012 review and the recommendation to use a Lamy converter...I'll try that. The lack of a refill pack of cartridges is a definite problem: what's the point of a cartridge fountain pen if you can't get the cartridges...or an appropriate converter?? So keep your used cartridges if you, like me, are satisfied with the V-301 as a sturdy, everyday fountain that pairs well with the roller ball (R-301), pencil (M-301), or ballpoint (F-301). Come to think of it, JetPens has refills for the R-301 that MIGHT fit the V-301. What say you, JetPens?
The Kerry is a classic...
January 31, 2014
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The Kerry is a classic Japanese mechanical pencil -- compact, innovative, understated, and reliable. I recall buying a Kerry as a highschool student in Tokyo...that was back in 1965. Today's Kerry is wellmade and the plastic barrel is serviceable, although Iwould prefer an all-metal body. Some may fined the cross-hatched chrome-colored ring around the middle a little too much "bling" but the ability to advance the lead when the cap is posted by simply clicking on the button is still, I believe, unique to the Kerry. It's an "all-day" mechanical pencil.
The Uni-Ball Pure-Malt...
May 23, 2012
Verified Purchase
The Uni-Ball Pure-Malt is a good pen for the price. I have purchased three so far...one a navy Limited Edition. I use that one every day. The inks (black, blue, and red) are vivid and flow easily. I haven't noticed any skipping yet. I would like to see Uni-Ball produce a "3+1" version and utilize the fourth slot inside the pen body. The clip could be improved but it works well. I'd prefer a metal one along the lines of the Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 multi-pen. I like the form and it fits well in my hand when I've got a lot of writing to do. The fact that the upper portion of the barrel is plastic with a metalicized finish is fine.
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