It's a worthwhile upgrade, but it's slippery. It's slimmer than the comparable
3-refill bodies, it looks classy, and--it doesn't rattle! It is designed to
always have a pen deployed, but you can stop at an in-between point for carry.
The pen can be hard to write with, because the shiny body is accordingly slick,
and the pen is somewhat top-heavy. I still prefer it over its Coleto
counterpart, though I wish Uni offered stylus and eraser refills.
I love this pen! It writes much more smoothly than the Hi-Tec-C .5 on the
everyday paper I encounter with grading. The color is very close to the Hi-Tec-C
Kurikawa (Chestnut), a bit richer and less green. It's a very dignified
substitute for black, with a little flair.
It's an awesome portable pen cup! Unzip it halfway, fold down the top flap, and
it keeps all your writing gear at easy reach.
It does go a bit floppy if it isn't zipped up to where it's folded over, or if
it's holding only a few pens. And I wish all the pockets along the back were
full-height, to better organize pens. But it's great at its core function as a
pen cup that you can transport around.
It's cool, convenient...and crumbly. If you're wondering how cool it might be to
have a tiny eraser as one of the cartridges in a multi-pen, well, it's cooler
than I'd imagined. I've got it in a 2-cartridge body, and it has quickly become
second nature to switch from one to the other.
The eraser itself isn't very good. It crumbles into stringy bits that hang off
the eraser tip and clog the opening of the body. It performs much worse than the
pen-style polymer eraser I got from Daiso. I was unable to completely erase some
2B writing from a Moleskine notebook, for example. With so much rubbing, it
depletes pretty quickly.
This is evidently the price you pay for having an eraser cartridge. It isn't
going to erase like a Tombo Mono Zero, but you don't have to reach for a
separate eraser, or even flip the writing instrument over. I think it's worth
This pen has its faults. Yet I keep coming back to it, because it's a cool and
The point is scratchy. One should expect a superfine nib to be scratchy, and
this one is very, very fine. But my next finest pen, a Sailor HighAce Neo, is
worlds smoother. It's also prone to skipping and slow starting when using a
less-than-sturdy writing support, like a folder. I assume that's mainly due to
the fineness as well, and it's flawless on a desk surface.
I get a lot of nib creep, to the point of having a few tiny ink spots in the
cap. This isn't a real problem, but it's also not present on many other pens.
In any case, the shape is really as awesome as it seems it might be. The
three-sided grip part is smooth and comfy (for a lefty, no less) and it's just
an interesting pen. I'll be interested in how the black body compares, but IMHO
this pen is worth the price.
So far, so good. The body is reasonably slim--about the diameter of a standard
Kuru Toga pencil--and smooth to grip. It's definitely cheap feeling, but so is a
Bic, and this thing is way cooler than a Bic.
It's necessary to peel off the sticker before you can open it. The refills snap
into clearly visible holes. It takes some force to get them truly seated, but
once they're in place, the whole thing works smoothly. Writing with .5 gels is
about as dreamy as with the Signo DX: the pen just skates across the paper, no
rattling or bending. Same with the pencil component.
The white plungers & clip look a little dopey on the silver body--The black body
seems like it'd look nicer than the silver one does. But really, this is a
cheap, nifty, customizable multi-pen. If you want a nifty, customizable fine
writing implement, the metal version of the body component seems like it'd be a
One more thing: hang on to the little containers that held the refills. It's
hard to resist swapping in new colors, and you'll need a way to store the