April 4, 2014
My previous favorite gel pens were the Uniball UM-151s because they had
waterproof ink, sturdy cone tips, and nice rubberized grips, but they're a
little expensive. The Pilot Juice have similar characteristics and are slightly
cheaper so I decided to take a chance on them.
Overall I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase. The pens write smoothly (I, at
least, haven't noticed any scratchiness) and, while the ink isn't 100%
waterproof (a small amount will run off when soaking in water) it's very very
close. They do feel a little cheaper and lighter than the UM-151s, but that's to
be expected at ~75% of the price. The case is obviously flimsier than the hard
plastic one used on the UM-151s but it's actually held up pretty well to being
banged around in my backpack everyday. And although I thought the holes for
looping in lanyards on the clip was ridiculous at first, it ended up being
really useful for tying them up next to sign-up sheets and the like.
My only problem is the inclusion of apple green and blue-black. The former is
too light to be read at the 0.38mm thickness and pretty much useless. The blue
and blue-black are both usable pens, but the colors are very very similar in
real life, and I didn't see the point in having both of them. I ended up buying
a leaf green and violet pen to replace them so the set is perfect for me now,
but I wish they'd be included in the first place.
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