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  I work as a night auditor..., July 7, 2013
By erich
I work as a night auditor in a hotel and an constantly using different color pens. In the past I used a Papermate X-Tend Multi and later their PhD Multi, both of which I had to buy multiple times after they broke down on me after a year or so. Their rotating action is the main weakness.

It was a tough choice for me between this and the Hi-Tec-C. It came down to the refills being less complicated and less expensive, and I like the conical tips that look stronger to me than the thin needle tips. Since I wanted a separate pencil (the black .3mm Kuru Toga) I opted to fill it with five .28mm gels for the finest lines and longer life. The eraser has seen almost no action because of this, but it's the same size as the one in that model of pencil.

This pen is amazing! The barrel could use a grip but the smooth plastic doesn't bother me at all. It's extremely light but not flimsy to me. It takes very little pressure to write, and the superfine gels haven't disappointed me. The lines are consistent, and only once the black started to fade on me due to a bubble I think was caused from dropping it. The blue had one too, but it didn't affect the line at all. The black recovered after a few days of coming out a light gray. I've dropped this pen several times (I have this bad habit of tossing and catching at work, heh heh) and that problem hasn't happened since.

The lever action is very nice too—very light and they click into place easily and securely. The only drawback is it's a little sensitive if another lever is touched. It doesn't take much to make your selection snap back, especially when touching the main lever that is the clip.

I found a nice bonus too: the refills for this pen are the same size as the Papermates I used to use, so after my first red ran out, I popped in the last two (dull brick) red refills I had sitting around. This pen has no trouble using them as it takes a higher pressure to write with medium ballpoints. The second one is almost done and I can't wait to put the next .28 red gel in! I checked and saw the gel refills for this pen work perfectly in the two types of Papermate Multis I used to use, which is nice because fine-point ballpoint refills for those were hard to find, but the Meister is so much better. After using this pen constantly for eight months, it's not showing much wear. The black plastic where I grip it near the end is slightly smoother but not by much.

I recommend this pen highly, and bought a second one for a co-worker last Christmas—she loves it, and from what I've seen, the pencil action is more solid than the old Papermates from my past. I'd like to see them offer pencil inserts in .3mm (one advantage of the Hi-Tec-C,) as well as other sizes, but as I decided to go with a Kuru Toga, it doesn't really concern me.
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