Thursday, December 15, 2011

Review: Uni-ball Signo Gel RT 0.7mm - Blue

This is a review of the Uni-ball Signo Gel RT 07.mm in blue.
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Features: (from Uni-ball)

- Gel ink is vivid and writes consistently smooth
- Smooth grip provides superior comfort and effortless control
- Exclusive pigment-based ink forms an indelible bond in paper, for intense coloration and document security
- Modern look, with metallic accents and stainless steel tip

This is yet another successful gel ink pen by Uni-ball! Le sigh. What a writer, this one is!

The plastic barrel is fairly simple, Uni-ball describes it as modern and I suppose it is. It has a silvery barrel and a clean, firm grip. Some people find the grip underwhelming but I am pleased with it. It’s not squishy but rather just provides a textured surface to hang on to so my fingers don’t slip around while I madly write (because this pen is a fast writer!). Plus, the barrel is a good width and fits perfectly in my hand. I love it. It just feels “right” when I pick it up. No complaints from me about its body.

However, the highlight of this pen to me, especially because the body is pretty classic and generic, is the fantastic ink. It’s a quick drying gel ink. The pens do write a little wet at first so although it’s quick drying, that doesn’t mean you should get in there and smear your hands across it right away. It still takes a few seconds to dry before you can mess around with it. The ink is also pigment-based and bonds with paper, rendering it safe against document alteration (Super Ink). It’s also got a fancy schmancy twin ball mechanism that prevents the ink from blobbing or leaking! And, for the green in you, it’s refillable.
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Sorry about the terrible yellow color.
As I complained about in the writing sample, I think Uni-ball could be outstanding if they added more colors to their lines. This pen is such an awesome, smooth, controlled writer and I can’t understand why it has to be limited to black, blue, and red! Come on, Uni-ball! Cotton candy pink... sunflower yellow... cornflower blue... It would be amazing. AMAZING!!!
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Price

Office Depot - $17.79/dozen ($1.48/each)
    (please note I disagree with the average customer rating on their site!)
Shoplet - $16.94/dozen ($1.41/each)

Overall

I hate buying pens in bulk... I always panic about what to do with a dozen pens but these are inky and delicious and are a great choice for work, note-taking at school, or doodling (in my case). I love drawing with this pen. Good price, comfortable and easy to write with, and it has great, bold ink.

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