Very nice ink- like a gel, no skips or globs- everything that's good about the
best-functioning jetstream inks. The color is neat and a bit different from
other purples- dark, but with a sort of plummy hue more than blue. The most
important and wonderful thing about this refill, however, is that it works with
the Uni Alpha Gel Shaka Ballpoint Pen! I love that pen body, but the ink
included is unremarkable, and no Uniball Jetstream, Pilot Acroball, or Zebra
Surari refills work with it. (I tried.) Now that I can put a better refill in, I
will be using that pen much more.
Kind of a letdown. The pricing on this is in keeping with similar items,
esp.considering the binding that can be folded entirely behind the paper for
writing(a rare feature in B5-sized 26-hole notebooks like this) but still feels
like a ripoff. It's just sort of flimsy, the binding mechanism is too fiddly to
be easily or frequently used, the materials are decent but not outstanding, and
10 sheets per binder means buying more paper right away. I bought the 3-pack
because it is more cost-effective and I could use 2 so figured having a 3rd
would be fine. Also (&this is strictly a personal preference of course) the
paper included is very slick, while I prefer a slightly rougher texture. I'll
try these binders for my various note-taking, but I doubt they'll last, and I
regret buying them.
It works really well, and has a satisfying, consistently dark black ink.
Unfortunately, it is so thick & dark that it will show & bleed through almost
any paper within a standard range. This means I can't use it for note-taking or
many other writing situations, which is a shame because a nice marker pen is
great for taking tons of notes at once, esp. for me because I doodle a lot too.
Agree w/other qualities mentioned as well- no bad odor at all, etc.
Really average ballpoint- not in the same league as Uni-ball's Jetstream,
Pilot's Acroball, & Zebra's Surari or even the better conventional ballpoint
inks. I was hoping that finally my Lamy Safari retractable ballpoint would write
well enough for me to use it more- I love the pen body but can't get over how
mediocre the ink & tip are- but this is not much better. For the price it's
The comfort level is outstanding, the jetstream inks for all 3 colors are
top-notch (somehow, not all jetstream pens/refills deliver all I've come to
expect from them), and it is delightfully pink like Jigglypuff. I am not someone
who is crazy for pink at all, but this is a solidly, adorably, yet not cloyingly
pink pen. Haven't had to refill it yet but I did mess around with it and it
seems like it'll be easy to do when the time comes.
I already have several frixion pens & really like them. I got this thinking I'd
use the green ink as a highlighter (I often underline in documents rather than
highlighting over words) to use it up until I replaced it with an ink color I'd
want to write with, but even this didn't pan out- the color is far too light. I
had another light green frixion pen that came in a multipack that worked OK but
I guess that was because the 0.7 thickness made it legible.
So I wastefully replaced the ink before it was used up with a black refill, and
it's a lovely pen. I tend to prefer wider-diameter pens b/c I have arthritis &
do a ton of writing, but sometimes it actually seems to help to switch it up,
and as thin pens go this is comfortable. It's lightweight, nice-looking, and
writes (and erases) well, so a nice second-string pen to keep with me for less
It writes about as well as other Hi-Tec-C pens, which is to say quite well but
not without room for some improvement. (I have several Hi-Tec-Cs because I like
the smaller points available and the colors, so I am not put off by their minor
shortcomings like skipping from time to time on some papers.) Out of those I
have, this pen body is my favorite. It's a little thicker, a little weightier
(in a good way), a little longer and there's no special grip but there is a
difference in diameter at the collar of the pen where it rests on my fingers-
all this makes a big difference in how comfortable it is to use for extended
periods. Also, it's beautiful- for an inexpensive plastic pen, it looks very
nice & the elaboration is pretty without being chintzy.
It closes securely and even when you open it, so long as you open it
right-side-up (you can tell which way goes which easily as you do this) the
coins won't spill out. The material dampens the jingling of the coins as well.
It's cute and delightful but the glow-in-the-dark factor is not quite there- it
needs to be "charged up" by exposure to light, which won't happen in a bag, and
even then it's pretty weak. Hence the deduction of one star, because I really
did want that feature.
Me again- as you can read in my previous review for this pen, I really liked it.
But it broke for no good reason! The barrel cracked irreparably under conditions
that were not especially rough and didn't destroy any of the other pens I was
carrying with this one, so I am very disappointed. I considered buying another
to replace it, but since I don't know what the problem was the first time I have
no reason to think it wasn't simply a poor/weak pen. Too bad.
Pen body is nice- it's solid, hard plastic, which is not normally great for lots
of writing, but it's somehow very satisfying in the hand for it. A good diameter
for my hand I suppose. If you grip your pen very hard, though, the textured grip
and hardness might be unpleasant. This is where the less-than-impressive ink
cartridge factors in. It's only mediocre, run-of-the-mill typical bad ballpoint.
I rarely like to use ballpoints, much preferring the smoother new
jetstream/acroball/surari. The good news is this pen body can take the thinner
refills of that type- other colors' reviews mention some; the surari multipen
refills also work. So if you like the colors and a hard chunk of plastic holds
appeal (it should!) give this a try but get different refills. (By the way, the
end is gray, not white as it may appear on some monitors, which I am glad of.)