Noble Metal won 2nd place...
March 29, 2012
Noble Metal won 2nd place in my metallic gel pen shootout, behind Sakura Gelly
Roll Metallic, and tied with Y&C Gel Extreme, followed by the 3 Pentel variants,
Maxum, and then Sarasa Clip and Write Dudes.
Metallic pen sets should provide lines in various vivid, useful shades, that
appear metallic/shiny/sparkly/reflective whether viewed directly or at an angle.
Those are the most important factors, potential deal-breakers.
Brand -- Model -- Ball Size -- Apparent Line Width -- # Colors -- Reflectivity
-- Shade -- Pen Casing -- Set Container -- Consistency of Output -- Black Paper
[notes] = comparison across all brands.
Standard 8 colors = purple, blue, green, yellow/gold, orange/copper/bronze, red,
pink (breaks the rainbow+white theme), silver.
Sakura -- Gelly Roll Metallic -- 1.0mm -- 1.1mm [widest] -- 14 colors [widest
palette]: the 8 standard colors + black, blueblack, dark green, sepia, burgundy,
emerald -- high reflectivity [best] -- shade is ideal; gold and copper are ideal
[best by far] -- ultra-utiliarian casing (2/5) -- comes in square case of 16 (2
gold/silver) or smaller (both all-plastic clamshell and cardboard/plastic packs)
-- minimal skips/globbing -- ideal on black paper: bright/shiny, clear color
differentiation, more reflective than Pentel but not as vivid colors when
reflecting. Overall rating: 5/5 [best brand].
Uni-Ball -- Noble Metal -- 0.8mm -- 0.8mm -- the 8 standard colors (but "red" is
good dark pink) -- consistently high reflectivity [brightest silver] 4/5 [2nd
best] -- good dark non-pinkish purple, good darkish blue, good slightly darkish
green, good shiny med-yellow reflective = passable as "gold", 2nd best copper,
"red" isn't red but is outstanding shiny foil rose pink, most reflective silver
[best] -- good pen casing, 5/5 -- by far the best set case: tin & plastic
multitray, metal clips -- well-controlled, 5/5 -- poor color differentiation on
black, 2/5. Overall rating: 4/5 (has outstanding rose-pink instead of red)
[tied for 2nd-best brand].
Yasutomo Y&C -- Gel Extreme Metallic Rollers -- 0.7mm -- 0.6mm -- 7 colors (no
pink, which isn't on rainbow's palette) -- 3rd place for reflectivity/shinyness
-- shades are spot-on: non-pinkish purple, middle blue & green, shiny yellow &
orange, middle-red, gray/white/silver, and no pink to disrupt this balanced,
useful rainbow -- simple all-clear 1-piece casing (clear tip) with pearl colored
end and clip, the pearl-shine packaging comes with more vivid than pearl ink;
shiny and not pastel-leaning -- good clear soft-plastic pouch -- a pleasure to
write with; highly controlled and controllable for writing neat and fine
metallic text; well-regulated, almost no globbing -- poor color differentiation
on black (it's all silver, unlike Sakura and Pentel). Overall rating: 4/5 [tied
for 2nd place].
Pentel -- Metallic -- 1.0mm -- 1.0mm -- 8 -- the standard 8 colors (and white
available) -- reflectivity same as Slicci (below) -- ink shades are same as
Slicci but stronger due to increased flow -- good broad casing 3.5/5 -- no set
case -- a little gloppy, 3/5 -- On black: same as Slicci. Overall rating: same
Pentel -- Slicci Metallic -- 0.8mm -- 0.8mm -- the 8 standard colors --
reflectivity varies alot per color -- too-lavender purple, good blue, good shiny
green, darkish yellow "gold", strong brownish copper/bronze, vivid red,
too-faded pink, faint silver -- slender designer casing, hard to hold; good case
of 5 (should be 8) or cardboard/window pack of 8 -- 4/5 consistent perf. -- 5/5
on black (strong color differentiation except between purple, pink, and silver).
Overall rating: 3.5/5; inconsistent vividness, tone, and reflectivity.
Pentel -- Sunburst Metallic -- 0.7mm -- 0.6mm -- the 8 standard colors --
reflectivity same as Slicci -- ink shades are same as Slicci but paler due to
too-restricted flow -- pen casing is chaotic with 6 typefaces, 4/5 --
cardboard/plastic pack and reflective color foil sticker that overpromises --
output restricts ink flow, so less vivid (green is more generous, gloppy, and
shiny) -- on black, same as Slicci. Overall rating: same as Slicci.
Staedtler -- Maxum Gel Metallic -- 0.8mm -- 0.7mm -- 8 colors, but shiny black
instead of silver -- In the middle of the shiny/reflective range, 2.5/5 -- good
shades: purple is not pinkish; pink is rose, not baby; silver would've been
better than black; 4/5 -- colored semi-translucent plastic, like Uni Signo DX
with chromed plastic tip; 3.5/5 -- cardboard/plastic pack -- some globbing
issues despite a thin, somewhat weak line (not punchy vibrant shiny color) -- no
color differentiation on black. Overall rating: average; 2.5/5.
Zebra -- Sarasa Clip -- 1.0mm -- 0.7 (thin, faint) -- the 8 standard colors +
shiny orange (distinct from copper/bronze) -- low reflectivity on most colors --
skewed toward understated lighter shades/tones; relatively pastel, toned down
just like the packaging implies; mild colors with mild/slight reflectivity --
nice casing with great pearl-like clip (4/5); product aims at pretty, gentle
pearl-like tone rather than metallic effect -- good quick-tuck case -- writing
performance 4/5 (rare globbing but only a thin, light-colored line) -- poor
color differentiation on black (2/5). Overall rating: 2/5. Pretty, enjoyable
as color gel pens, but modest, subdued, understated, semi-shiny.
Write Dudes -- Super Gel Metallic -- 1.2mm -- 0.8mm -- 8 colors, but light blue
instead of silver -- Most colors are little reflective, 1.5/5 -- Most shades are
good, just not reflective -- cross between Uni Signo DX and Slicci, chromed
plastic (incl. tip) & clear; colored grip, 4.5/5 -- cardboard & 3D window pack
(tip: with scissors, cut flap in back of such packs) -- generous glopping, 3.5/5
-- little color differentiation on black. Overall rating: 2/5, limited by low
reflectivity: need shinyness in the ink more than on the casing (budget product
with flashy packaging). Enjoyable as a semi-metallic gel pen.
5 people found this helpful