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Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen - 5 Spring Color Set - AKASHIYA CA200-5VA
  I absolutely love these!..., July 21, 2012
I absolutely love these! We picked them for my son to use when drawing and coloring. They are so convenient to use that we get to avoid the whole setup and clean up involved when using regular paint. In fact, we will often draw and paint pictures while he is sitting in bed, right before going to sleep. They are also very convenient for car trips because they don't cause a mess. We have bought the other sets of colors and we haven't had any problems except for one black brush pen that started to leak. That was one problem color out of about twenty, and it happened after having used it trouble-free for a good long while. I really recommend these brush pens for trouble-free painting!
Uni Jetstream F*Series 2 Color 0.5 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil - Luminous Black Body - UNI MSXE370105.24
  I really hoped that this..., July 21, 2012
I really hoped that this would be my main pen for use at work. The pen's look is very nice and understated, and the Jetstream ink is fabulous. The two big drawbacks for me are the smoothness of the pen body and the lack of an eraser for the pencil. The pen body is very smooth, and as I tried writing for longer periods I had trouble keeping a good grip. The diameter is really good, though. I hold the pen close to the tip, and if you have a more relaxed writing grip this probably won't be an issue for you. I even tried to add a low profile rubber sleeve, but it didn't really work out.

The clip is attached at the very end of the pen, and the pen is a nice overall length (I don't have it close, else I would measure it). However, in a men's shirt pocket the pen sits a little high without being fully seated on the clip. It just moves around a little more easily than I would like.
Uni Jetstream 4&1 4 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil - Black Body - UNI MSXE510007.24
  I'm purchasing my third..., July 21, 2012
I'm purchasing my third Uni-ball Jetstream 4&1 multipen because they are just great! One of them was kept by my in-laws, and I keep hoping the second one will turn up one day around the house. The black version of this pen is very nicely understated. The pen diameter is too thick for me to use at work, but my son found it to be a good size when he was in the second grade. I can write comfortably with it, but I haven't used it for extensive writing. I use other Jetstream pens for that. I like this pen for drawing and it is really convenient during car trips for my son to sketch and draw. The Jetstream ink is wonderfully dark, rich, and goes down so smoothly that I really enjoy using it.
Sun-Star Knock Free Sharp Mechanical Pencil - 0.7 mm - Light Blue - SUN-STAR S4446950
  I love these pencils!..., July 21, 2012
I love these pencils! We picked them up for our son, who likes them and uses them in elementary school. The colors are great, and they really look like a wooden pencil even up close. Loading has been covered in other comments. I would just add that if the lead needs to be advanced just a little, all you have to do is push the black sleeve (that looks like the lead) toward the pencil body a little bit and release. The lead will advance a little or a lot, depending on how far you push back the sleeve. Once you do that, it will automatically advance on its own while you write, so this isn't something that you need to do often.
Uni Jetstream Sport Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Red Ink - UNI SXN-157S RED
  I use the Jetstream Basic..., July 21, 2012
I use the Jetstream Basic Series pens on a daily basis for all my work. I use the red pen for corrections, and it works extremely well. The red, blue and black Jetstream inks all flow smoothly and are a joy to write with. I find this pen fits perfectly in my hand and the rubber grip is comfortable without being at all squishy. I highly recommend these pens.
Uni Jetstream Sport Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Black Ink - UNI SXN-157S BLACK
  I absolutely love the..., July 21, 2012
I absolutely love the Jetstream line of pens! I was introduced to Jetstream after picking up a promotional pen at a scientific conference. I was immediately impressed with how smoothly it wrote, and how dark the resulting line was. You get used to how nicely these write, but then if you switch to another pen you can immediately see how much fainter other pens are. These pens always write, down to the last drop of ink. After using the promotional pen for a while I was so impressed, I went online to find the exact pen and that's how I found Jetpens!

The Jetstream Basic Series are my favorites for everyday writing. The rubber grip is on the hard side but comfortable, and the size is just right for me. I use this pen, and the red pen for corrections, on a daily basis. In fact, I bought a whole bunch of them in black, blue and red and gave them out to my family so that they could try them out as well.

A quick note to anybody that may experience skipping. If you write on plasticized paper at some point, I believe that this can gum up the small ball at the end of the pen. I had this happen once, and had to switched in a new refill because the pen became unreliable.
Zebra SK-Sharbo+1 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil - Black - ZEBRA SB5-BK
  First off, let me start..., July 21, 2012
First off, let me start by saying that I am a big fan of the Uniball Jetstream line of pens. I really like the flow and look of their ink. However, I haven't found a Jetstream multipen that's quite right yet. I decided to try the Zebra SK-Sharbo+1 multipen to see if it could be hacked to take Jetstream refills.

The Sharbo pen looks really good, switches well between colors, and can be used in a professional environment without looking out of place. The grip is a harder rubber, which I prefer, but the diameter is ever so slightly larger than I like. It's close enough that I could probably get used to it. For the price, I am pleased with this pen.

While the Zebra ink does a reasonable job, I quickly pulled the pen apart to put in Jetstream multipen refills for the red and black ink. The Jetstream refill is just very slightly shorter than the Zebra ink, but it is the same diameter. To get the Jetstream inks to stick out the right distance, I cut roughly 1/8" off the end of an extra ink refill and slid that into the well of the Sharbo pen. Now a new Jetstream ink refill fits perfectly and functions just like the original ink. I now have a nicely functioning multipen with my favorite ink!

Unfortunately, I find that there is still a drawback to this pen. To retract the pen, you rotate the barrel to a position midway between two colors. This position poises one or two ink tips very close to the end of the pen, and in my shirt pocket I got ink stains on more than one occasion. If you look at the picture of the clear version of this pen, you will see what I mean about how close the ink tip is to the end when retracted. This isn't a slight against this particular pen, but rather a cautionary statement about rotary/twist selection pens in general. For this reason I don't use this as my regular pen.
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