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Pentel Vicuna Ballpoint Pen Refill - 0.7 mm - Purple - PENTEL XBXM7H-V
  Very nice ink- like a..., November 5, 2013
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.
Kokuyo Campus Smart Ring Binder - B5 - 26 Rings - Clear - Bundle of 3 - KOKUYO RU-SP700T BUNDLE
  Kind of a letdown. The..., August 29, 2013
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.
Zebra Mackee Care Double-Sided Marker Pen - Extra Fine Point - Black - ZEBRA YYTH3-BK
  It works really well,..., May 9, 2013
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.
Monteverde Soft Roll Ballpoint Pen Refill for Lamy - Blue Black - Pack of 2 - MONTEVERDE L132BB
  Really average ballpoint-..., April 4, 2013
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 especially disappointing.
Uni Jetstream 3 Color Ballpoint Multi Pen - 0.5 mm - Rose Pink Body - UNI SXE340005.66
  The comfort level is..., April 4, 2013
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.
Pilot FriXion Ball Slim Gel Ink Pen - 0.38 mm - Light Green - PILOT LFBS-18UF-LG
  I already have several..., April 4, 2013
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 frequent use.
Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Blue Black - PILOT LHM-15C4-BB
  It writes about as well..., April 4, 2013
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.
P+G Obk Co-In Silicone Coin Case - Type K - P+G OBK COIN K
  It closes securely and..., January 17, 2013
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.
Pilot Down Force Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Orange Body - Black Ink - PILOT BDW-40F-O
  Me again- as you can..., October 5, 2012
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.
Pilot Down Force Ballpoint Pen - 0.7 mm - Orange Body - Black Ink - PILOT BDW-40F-O
  Pen body is nice- it's..., March 1, 2012
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.)
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