This is currently my favorite highlighter. The color is a beautiful sea-foam--
greenish-blue, like a drastically calmer shade of teal. Very nice. It's easy to
see the text under the ink.
I prefer the tips of Tombow Kay Coat highlighters, but these are the standard
tips and will work just fine. If you're looking for cool and exotic highlighter
colors, I recommend Tombow Kay Coat Yellow Ochre and Salmon Red, as well as this
one from Monami.
For this price, this is a great highlighter. The shade is a little darker than I
expected, but it's far more gentle than the other fluorescent purple
highlighters out there. I only wish this pen had a nicer tip (the more expensive
Tombow Kay Coats are the best I've seen) because it's a little difficult to make
an even line.
This pencil is a real gem. I can honestly say that it's the best mechanical
pencil I've held and I can tell it's going to last a long time.
++ I love the design! I know knurled grips are all the fashion, but honestly,
the little rubbery dots on the Smash are so much more adorable and far more
comfortable. The gently sloping tip is a wonderful contrast to the
uncomfortable, terraced tip of pencils like the Kuru Toga. For people who grip
their pencils low, the Smash is going to be much more comfortable. I'm a
death-gripper, so these are big pluses.
++ The lead indicator is fixed, whereas in the Rotring 500, the indicator is
loose and slides around freely.
++ It's such a reliable pencil. I know it's not going to fail me. My Kuru Toga
has already started lead slipping.
++ The Smash feels great in the hand. It's hard to believe that this pencil
isn't made completely of metal! The inside is plastic, but the barrel is metal.
The pencil as a whole has a satisfying weighty feeling. It's heavier than the
++ I don't know if it's just the lead inside the pencil, but the Smash is a
dream to write with. So smooth and dreamy; this pencil just glides.
I recommend the Pentel Smash over the Rotring 500. I initially bought a Smash
for my friend's birthday present, but after using it once, I really didn't want
to let it go. I gave it to my friend and bought a Rotring for myself. I wish I'd
bought another Smash instead! The Rotring's knurled grip and dramatic tip was a
punishment to my fingers and doubled the size of my pencil callus. The Rotring
is definitely a solid pencil, but the Smash is so much smoother, feels more at
home in the hand, and seems to have more metal parts (I think part of the
Rotring's casing is plastic). I gave in and bought another Smash, and I'm so
glad I did.
I thought this was going to be a great pen. I was hoping to use it for a long
time, considering how other reviewers said that the ink lasts a good long while.
Unfortunately, on the second day of use, the ink stopped flowing well and was
coming out really scratchy. I pressed the tip to see if that would help at all
and the tip went and bent on me. It folded into a 90 degree angle and has
rendered the pen entirely useless.
Maybe my pen was just a dud. But beware: don't put too much pressure on the
fragile tip! I wasn't expecting it to bend because I'm used to hardy, solid
drafting pens like my Pentel Smash.
This highlighter isn't quite like tea, but it's still a very unique color. It
has a slight reddish tint to the lightish brown. The color is not overpowering,
like the purple version, but stronger than the yellow ocher.
By the way, you can make a cool burnt apple color by overlapping the salmon red
with the tea brown. Overlapping the yellow ocher with the brown makes a light
wood brown color. Two coats of purple and one of brown makes plum.
As I mentioned in another Kay Coat highlighter review (the purple one), these
highlighters have great thin tips. The broad edge isn't as awesome.
I had to write a review for this color in particular, though, because it's
AMAZING. I love this color! It's a hot pink with a slight orange tint. It's a
little too fluorescent to be called salmon, but it's still gorgeous.
BUY IT NOW. You'll find yourself finding reasons to use it... everywhere...
The best part about this highlighter is the thin tip. Unlike other double-sided
highlighters, the Tombow Kay Coat's thin tip is very durable. Usually, you have
to be careful when using such fragile tips-- it's very easy to squash them and
consequently ruin the little nib. However, this highlighter's thin tip resists
squashing, making it very reliable.
I tested this with the Uni-ball Propus Window. Compared to the solid Tombow, the
Uni-ball's tip was weaker, and was squished slightly to one side, changing its
The broad tip isn't as handy. It's hard to make a consistent line with them. You
have to place the flat edge against the paper at just the right degree to get
the full line. It's not easy to use.
The color is a very appealing purple, but it's too dark for me. While some may
consider this boldness a positive trait, the dark color makes it hard to read
highlighted text written in dark ink.
For the most part, I like the appearance of this pen. Shiny gold and charcoal
black always make a great pair. What I don't This pen makes a rich, dark line,
but it's not what I would consider a "fine" line. It's more of a medium width to
my eyes. Also, it doesn't mark on glossy or even semi-glossy surfaces without
smearing all over the place. I assumed that this pen would work well on many
surfaces because its called the "pigment sign pen," but really, it probably
shouldn't be used to sign yearbooks and stuff.