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Monami Essenti Soft Highlighter Pen - Pastel Green - MONAMI ESSENTI SOFT GR
  This is currently my..., April 18, 2013
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.
Monami Essenti Soft Highlighter Pen - Pastel Purple - MONAMI ESSENTI SOFT PU
  For this price, this..., April 18, 2013
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.
Pentel Smash Drafting Pencil - 0.5 mm - PENTEL Q1005-1
  This pencil is a real..., February 27, 2013
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 Rotring 500.

++ 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.
Morning Glory Mach II Liquid Ink Pen - 0.4 mm - Black - MORNING GLORY MACH BK
  I thought this was going..., February 26, 2013
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.
Tombow Kei Coat Double-Sided Highlighter - Brown - TOMBOW WA-TC31
  This highlighter isn't..., September 10, 2012
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.
Tombow Kei Coat Double-Sided Highlighter - Golden Yellow - TOMBOW WA-TC99
  I love this color, too...., September 10, 2012
I love this color, too. It's a gentle, fluorescent yellow... a creamy gold. Very delicious. If you overlap it enough with the broad tip, you can make a pretty orange color, too!
Tombow Kei Coat Double-Sided Highlighter - Red - TOMBOW WA-TC94
  As I mentioned in another..., September 10, 2012
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...
Tombow Kei Coat Double-Sided Highlighter - Purple - TOMBOW WA-TC97
  The best part about this..., September 10, 2012
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 width.

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.
Pilot FriXion Ball Knock Retractable Gel Ink Pen - 0.5 mm - Black - PILOT LFBK-23EF-B
  I love the design of..., June 28, 2012
I love the design of this pen, but I was sorely disappointed by the color of the ink. It was a watery greyish color...

Still, it gets points for the erasability and slick design. I hope Pilot finds a way darken their black ink. The other colors I tested, red and purple, were fine.
Uni Live Pigment Sign Pen - Fine - Black - UNI MYT7.24
  For the most part, I..., June 28, 2012
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.
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