I am ambivalent about the Coleto bodies. They are certainly functional, and
surprisingly comfortable, and I am much more appreciative of these qualities
after having tried the competitor multipen shell bodies for the Uni Style Fit
and Slicci Multi. That said, still not hugely attractive. If not for the
convenience of seeing the color of my refills, I would just load all my coletos
into the body of the Zebra 4+1 Multipen.
Attractive and reasonably priced; I love that the ballpoint cartridges that come
with this are fantastic writers. Another note is that the zebra in particular is
good for modding hi tec coleto refills in, if you prefer this sturdier (and
be-penciled) body to the coleto bodies.
This is a fantastic writer, forget disposability! Note that the Japanese F nib
is finer than European fountain F nib (compare, say, Lamy). It does go dry after
long periods of disuse, but this is easily remedied by either rinsing quickly
under a tap, or giving the cartridge a gentle squeeze (I did not get a huge glob
shooting out or anything).
A nice italic nib, with the advantage of being completely modular with the Lamy
Al-Star/Safari/Joy series. I like being able to trade between this and my
workhorse F writing nib on the go - no mess, no worries. One thing to note is
that this nib was quite dry for me. Maybe just due to the width?
This ballpoint glides like a gel pen! Super impressed with the performance of my
Jetstream. I get the gel pen experience with the lab solvent proofing of
ballpoint! :) The .5 mm is also awesome, a tiny bit scratchy by comparison.
Beautiful color and performance. The Signo DXs have a much smoother write in my
experience than Hi-Tec-C's (in contrast to the reviewer before me), with rare
blips in ink flow. I plan to try this color in the 0.38 mm size too.
This pen, in this color, is my favorite workhorse. Although there are occasional
skips in ink flow, they are very infrequent, and this pen is otherwise a serious
trooper. The ink color is very unique and striking.
While the .7 mm line is a bit wide for my preference, there is no denying the
performance of these pens. They are not only beautifully designed on the
outside, they write fantastically! The colors are lush, vibrant, and true to the
caps. This set is a great value and makes an extremely attractive gift, to boot.
As far as needle-point micro gel pens go, the Slicci will always win in my heart
for smoothest writing experience, no scratchiness or stuttering of ink flow. The
rose pink color is also really unique - it's bright enough to pop as an accent
color amidst my monotone notes, dark enough not to cause eye-strain like lighter
The only losing points of the Slicci: 1) tiny barrel is uncomfortable for
marathon study sessions, 2) tiny barrel = very little ink, compared to the