Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Pentel Slicci 0.25mm Orange

This is a review of the Pentel Slicci 0.25 mm in orange.
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Features

        Journal and draw in fine detail
        Writes 0.25mm, extra-fine lines of consistent density
        Strikingly bright, acid-free, gel ink
        Ideal for personalizing paper, card-stock, label tags, chipboard and die-cuts and memory books
        AP Certified
        Nonrefillable

I picked this pen up at the University Co-op Art Supply Store in Austin, Texas. I have only a few orange pens so I decided to branch out and get something different than my usual pink and purple. This orange makes me think of orange sherbet. Yum.
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The thin plastic barrel, plastic cap, and plastic clip of the Slicci 0.25 mm is just like that of the Slicci 0.7 mm. There is no grip except for a ridged barrel that extends all the way to the metal tip. The entire pen is brightly colored to match its ink, which I really love, and you can see the ink level through the barrel. It’s so eye-catching that it makes me want to buy every single color in existence and carry them around with me all the time (in my purse that is actually a pencil case with shoulder straps). For a detailed review of this body of this pen, please check out my review of the Pentel Slicci 0.7 mm nib.
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As with the 0.7 mm nib, the 0.25 mm orange is not a very heavy pen, even when it’s capped. In order to have good control over the pen, and thus, my writing, I have to grip the pen pretty hard. I found this to be even more so the case with the 0.25 than the 0.7.
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In Quo Vadis Habana with Clairefontaine 90 g bright white paper
One great thing all Sliccies have in common is their gorgeous, vibrant ink! The colors are bold and never faded or washed out. One thing I was certainly curious about was how this 0.25 mm nib would write. The 0.7 mm puts down great, solid lines without skipping or scratching at a normal pace. If I moved the tip quickly over the paper (faster than most people would probably write), it got a little scratchy and I'd have to go back to fill in some white spaces. I was thinking writing with the 0.25 may be initially scratchy like when you’re first breaking in a Pilot Hi-Tec C 0.3 mm. I was surprised to find the ink started flowing almost instantly. Once the ink is going, it doesn’t seem to skip, even with such a thin nib. I am impressed with the ink flow. Sharp, clean lines, and no feathering. Not surprisingly, it's not as inky smooth as the 0.7 mm nib. But some people prefer minimal ink flow for writing.
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In Rhodia R Pad No. 16
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Comparing Pentel Slicci 0.25 mm orange nib and 0.7 mm purple nib
This pen appears to be marketed as an art supply so I tried both writing and doodling with it. I was very pleased with the writing experience, and especially the fine detail and precise drawing I could do (not that I can draw well).
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In Rhodia Reverse Book
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In Quo Vadis Habana with Clairefontaine 90 g bright white paper
On to other things... the pen is not refillable. This makes me a little sad because it seems like such a waste to throw out the entire pen. That being said, the barrel is plastic so I wouldn't be surprised if the color started chipping off it (like it does on the Sharpie pen). Though on the bright side, the pen contains 87% recycled content.
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Pentel Slicci 0.25 mm orange, Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.7 mm, Pilot Hi-Tec C 0.4 mm, Sharpie pen, Pentel Hybrid Gel Roller 0.6 mm, Uni-ball Signo 207
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Interesting to look at different nibs
 Check out some other great Pentel Slicci 0.25 mm reviews:

Daydreamer's Welcome
Office Supply Geek
The Pen Addict

Price (Quite the range of prices...)

Paper Place (Austin)- $4.00
The University Co-op Art Supply Store - $3.00
JetPens - $3.30
Writer’s Bloc - $2.75

Overall

I like these pens. I really love colorful, intense inks and the Pentel Sliccies certainly have that! The variety of nib sizes available - 0.25, 0.3, 0.4, 0.7, and 0.8 mm - is great for every need you may have. The only downsides are that it is a bit expensive, and it is not refillable, so you’ll have to pay that high cost each time you need to replace your Slicci.

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