I picked this up for 1100 yen in Tokyo this summer, so Jetpens is offering this
for a really fair price. I had previously been using the cheaper, clear
3-cartridge body, and I finally wanted to upgrade to something a little more
grown-up looking. All in all, I'm really happy with this body. It operates just
as smoothly when deploying the pens, and has a good weight to it. Other reviews
on the web have questioned why the bottom half of the barrel can be unscrewed,
as it serves no real purpose... but I actually like this feature, since I can
quickly check the ink levels without having to extract the cartridge from the
However, if you need the rubbery grip of the cheaper clear models, then you
might not like this pen. It's got a matte finish (doesn't show fingerprints
yay!) but I find it to be just the right thickness, so it has never slipped from
my grasp. I'd recommend this to anybody who loves the coleto-c series and wants
a more "serious"-looking pen.
I just received mine today, the light gray version, and am completely happy with
my purchase. It seemed better than the "Flap Type" version because of the
zippered inner-divider pocket, although I am guessing they are of the same
dimension and weight. This one provides much better inner organization.
Plenty of space for a lot of pens, but I had some difficulty putting my Sakura
Gelly Rolls in the inside pouch, since they are a tad bit longer than most pens.
They will fit, but you won't be able to pull them out in one smooth motion.
Pilot Frixion (color pencil type) fit absolutely fine.
It's well constructed; the material feels solid and there are no messy loose
stitches to be seen. For $11, it's a great deal, especially considering this is
roughly the same as the Japanese retail price.