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Tombow Zoom 505shA Mechanical Pencil - 0.5 mm - Limited Edition - Blue - TOMBOW SH-2000CZA41
  This pen is really great...., April 26, 2010
This pen is really great. I ordinarily go with drafting pencils with .3, but the whole concept of a solid looking pen with a cap was super intriguing. Turns out, I love it.

It is balanced great for no hand fatigue and as is mandatory, no rattling at all. It is really solid and comfortable, with a good weight too but it's definitely not heavy either. You can tell you are writing with a real instrument without thinking it may also be constructed of actual lead. The sleeve is also solid and the lead is quite steady.

When you put the cap on the back it depresses the button to make lead come out or you can just hit the button on the end. Seems to work great after a day or so. It seems to take enough force to depress, too, that in my bag and pocket, i haven't hit it a bunch of time so too much lead comes out.
Platinum Pro-Use Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - PLATINUM BSD-1500B
  I liked this pen a lot,..., January 7, 2010
I liked this pen a lot, though the cartridge left something to be desired... and then I discovered something glorious. The refill is the same size as the Jetstream Multi-Pen refill without the indention to catch the spring. So, with a pair of pliers, you can fill it with a Jetstream SXR-80 refill... I love Jetstream pens but needed something more solid and balanced... and this pen will actually hold one of the cartridges.
Platinum Pro-Use Ballpoint Pen - 0.5 mm - PLATINUM BSD-1500A
  This pen is awesome...., January 4, 2010
This pen is awesome. It is comfortable, smooth, a bit short but perfect for a pocket. When it clicks in place it doesn't rattle and the tip is very stable. The cartridge in it is smooth and sharp. It is as smooth as a jetstream in my opinion, but does not come off as a dark (which for taking quick notes is kind of nice). Also it has a really solid and balanced construction. It is nice to have a ball point pen with all the sharpness, weight and balance of a drafting pencil.
Zebra Sharbo X ST3 Pen Body Component - Black - ZEBRA SB14-BK
  This is a really nice..., January 2, 2010
This is a really nice multi-pen. I am not a big multi-pen person - I am just not that creative with colors when I write. However, the concept of having a florescent underliner, nice fine point gel pen, and .3 pencil for reading and note taking seemed like an awesome concept - and it works really really well for that. I only have only a few concerns:

1. For a 45 dollar pen, it seems like the clip should be made of metal, but this is not. It is plastic and does not strike me as sturdy at all and does not have much give either. I am a little afraid to clip it to anything because it seems easy to snap off. A little disappointing that I can't clip it to the cover of a book with much efficacy.

2. I use a separate eraser when I am really working anyway, but the cap seems like it could get threaded very very easy and the eraser wears out fast.

3. I would order other led for the .3 refill as it is not very strong. Also, the florescent pink is darker than i had though and cannot highlight well... but the ball point pink or light green both work wonderfully.
Uni Jetstream Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Alpha Gel Grip Series - Black Body - UNI SXN1000071P24
  I like this pen a lot...., December 28, 2009
I like this pen a lot. Comfortable, metal and sturdy, weighted but not super heavy. I took a refill from one of the less professional looking or sturdy 0.5 pens and it writes fantastic. My only complain is that the grip seems to collect lint and other things. a little water cleans it, but it picks it up quite fast. otherwise it's a good pen, though i am not sure and a good casing for the fantastic uniball jetstream refills.
Uni Propus Erasable Highlighter Pen - 5 Color Set - UNI PUS151ER5C
  The Yellow, Orange and..., December 26, 2009
The Yellow, Orange and Green erase very well. The blue and pink leave a trace.

The nice thing about these pens though, is not so much the erasing as much as that how the ink works stops it from getting absorbed into the page and therefore it does not bleed much. The Pilot Frixion certainly erase better, but they are darker and seen through much easier too. These are lighter (comparable to the Zebra Midliners) which I prefer without the bleeding through of the light colored highlighters.

I have used them on a few books now too (I highlight a lot) and they last longer than the Frixion and do not dry out as fast either.
Pentel Graph Gear 1000 Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL PG1015
  I dislike this pencil...., December 26, 2009
I dislike this pencil. Perhaps it is a matter of taste, but it felt like writing with a board. It is really long. For some reason I didn't realize that. Also, when the sleeve is extended and the led is out, it rattles because of the mechanism. That combined with the weird balance of it being too long made for a genuinely unpleasant writing experience for me.

It is solid and the grip is interesting, but personally, I did not enjoy it at all.
A.G. Spalding & Bros BRFT220 Fountain Pen - Medium Nib - Maple Wood - Black Body - RAYMAY BRFT220 B
  I like this pen a lot...., November 28, 2009
I like this pen a lot. Attractive, comfortable, solid, good flow and clear lines. The only weird thing I have noticed, and it may just be me, is that pretty regularly the nib gets unscrewed or loose from the body and I have to tighten it. I may just use it to much or hold it strange. Either way, that is a weird compulsive thing. It is a very nice looking pen and a good value, for sure. Solid metal and wood fountain pen.
Copic Comic Drawing Pen with Waterproof Ink - 0.1 mm - Sepia - COPIC F01SDP
  I like this pen alright...., November 28, 2009
I like this pen alright. I do not draw manga, but figured it might not be a bad choice for just a disposable fountain pen. The color is good, though, at least for me, I have to hold it at a steeper angle than natural to get a solid flow. You have to have it at at least a 45 degree angle for it to have a good smooth flow. If that is your style (and maybe that's just the angle that most draw with), it might not be a bad pen for you. It is scratchy, but I personally don't mind that a lot when I am writing.
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Slim Knock Gel Ink Pen - 0.3 mm - Blue Black - PILOT LHS-20C3-BB
  I imagine it's ignorance,..., November 28, 2009
I imagine it's ignorance, but I had no idea this pen was really small. I still do like it, it has a comfortable grip and doesn't feel like i might shatter it, but it is not very long at all. I figured I would comment just in case anyone who is a little more ignorant of the fine point gel pen genre (like me) would want to know.
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