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August 14, 2014
Update to my V-301 review...
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.

August 14, 2014
Personally, I find the...
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?

January 31, 2014
The Kerry is a classic...
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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.

May 23, 2012
The Uni-Ball Pure-Malt...
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The Uni-Ball Pure-Malt is a good pen for the price. I have purchased three so 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.

April 10, 2012
There are five different...
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There are five different multi-pens in my pen cup at work. I love the Zebra Clip-On Multi for its sturdiness, the good-quality clip, and the design of the finger-grip. The fact that it is a plastic body pen doesn't detract from its value, in my opinion. It's well-balanced and the chrome appointments and various finishes look well and last without showing much wear. My only complaint is the spotty quality of the particularly. They have a tendency to skip more than my Dr. Grip 4+1, for example. I think you get your money's worth in a ballpoint multi-pen with the Zebra Clip-On Multi. If I have some time, I'll try to swap out the Zebra refills for something compatible with a more consistent ink flow.

April 10, 2012
Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 is...
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Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 is a good value for the money. It compares favorably with Coleto Hi TEC-C, the Zebra Clip-On Multi, and the Uni Style-Fit Meister. I appreciate the ability its compatibility with the refills from its other competitors. All the mechanisms are well-engineered and stand up to daily use. The finish is durable; the look under-stated. If you are partial to regualr ball pen refills in a multi-pen, Dr. Grip is worth trying.

March 14, 2012
I have purchased two...
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I have purchased two of the Uni-ball Pure Malt series and been satisfied with both. True, the upper portion of the pen body is plastic...but the description accurately and honestly calls it "metallicized plastic"...or words to that effect. I like the smoothness of the ink and vibrancy of the black and red. I have found these to be a good pen for the money. Certainly comparable to my 5-color Dr. Grip 4+1 or my Zebra Clip-On Multi.

June 20, 2011
A very sturdy pen ideal...
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A very sturdy pen ideal for every-day use. Being able to use Uni-Fit refills is a definite advantage. I, too, prefer a 0.7 to 1.0 mm tip. I have at least one each of Pilot's multi-pen competitors and Dr. Grip is No. 1 right now.The 4+1 configuration meets all my needs. Unbeatable value for the money!