Uni-ball

A mass of Uni-ball pens

Last month Uni-ball offered to send me a selection of their products to review on the blog. I have been using a few of these pens over the past few weeks to test out how they work in my everyday writing. The opinions expressed in this review are my own and aren’t influenced by Uni-ball in any way.

Uni-ball Air

Part of the Uni-ball package were two Uni-ball Air pens. I wasn’t familiar with these pens before testing them out for this review. The first thing I noticed was how the grip section through to the tip of the pen merged into one. It’s very distinctive and looks a little futuristic. It does make it hard to see where the tip is and took some getting used.

The grip section on the Air isn’t particularly comfortable. It’s completely smooth made from a high gloss plastic material which isn’t grip friendly.

I received both pens with a broad tip. There isn’t a specific size call out but it’s definitely edging towards the 1mm tip size. The ink performs well on a variety of different paper stocks, although on the Mnemosyne paper I did notice a bit of feathering. The ink flows as you would expect from a rollerball pen and the colours are deep and vibrant which is good.

I don’t think the Air would be a pen I would buy. In Uni-balls current line-up I don’t really see the appeal, I think there are other rollerballs that work better and have better tip sizes, such as the Vision Elite.

Uni-ball Signo TSI

The Signo TSI is Uni-balls version of the Pilot Frixon erasable pen. I didn’t actually realise this when I started using the pen, but after a while the rubber like end of the pen intrigued me enough to test if this was an eraser.

Again the grip section on this pen is a smooth matte plastic material with an attempt at ridges cut in to give grip but they’re pretty useless. The ink is ok, a little patchy and I am not sure if that’s the ink colour I have or the ink make-up of the pen.

Erasable pens may have a purpose and of use to some people but it’s not something I need or enjoy using. I think there is a big sacrifice in the performance of the ink which I prefer not to take.

Uni-pin

I have reviewed the Uni-pin drawing pens on the blog before therefore I won’t regurgitate old opinions. I did receive a few of these pens including a blue and red version which I hadn’t tried before. I have been using these pens in my bullet journal for marking off tasks and adding colour accents to my headers. For drawing pens I like using black ink and always have a use for these but less so on the coloured ink pens.

I do enjoy the Uni Pin drawing pens a lot and think they are one of my favourites. The price is great and they write really well therefore I would always recommend these pens.

Overall thoughts

This Uni-ball pen pack didn’t really showcase the best of what Uni-ball has to offer. I have used a few of their products in the past and I have always liked the Uni-ball rollerball pens. The Air and the Signo TSI feel weak in comparison to other pens within their line-up and there just isn’t enough pull to make me want to buy and use these pens.

Thank you Uni-ball for sending me this selection of pens to test. All views expressed in this review are my own.

Uni-Pin Drawing Pen Review

The Uni-Pin has fast become my favourite drawing pen, permanently attached to the pen loop of my Raydori. I stumbled across the Uni-Pin pen in my old University shop. It caught my eye as I had never seen or heard of this drawing pen and I was attracted to its sleek black design.

The Uni-Pin is first and foremost designed for drawing and design use, however I have found that this pen writes really well, even in cursive, which is not something I have found with other drawing pens. I have been using my Uni-Pin as a daily carry pen for a combination of doodling and jotting down notes.  

This drawing pen has a waterproof and fadeproof pigment ink which means that if the ink comes into contact with water it's staying put on the page. This makes it perfect for people who enjoy using watercolours, something I intent to use it for in the future. 

I have this pen in two different tip sizes, the 0.2mm and the 0.3mm. I prefer writing with the 0.3mm tip as I find it's a little bit smoother than the 0.2mm and the slightly thicker line width is easier to read on the page. However for detailed drawing or precision writing the 0.2mm works really well. There are a range of different tip sizes available in the Uni-Pin from the 0.05mm right up to a 0.8mm so all preferences are well catered for. 

The ink flows consistently well in the Uni-Pin and is a lovely deep black colour. The weighting of this drawing pen is really light and well balanced meaning that it is comfortabe to use for long periods of time. I have found it a tad lighter than the Sakura Pigma Micron, and miles lighter than the slightly hefty Copic Multiliner SP.  

The Uni-Pin has a sleek black, stripped back minimalist design. The barrel is completely black with simple white branding. A unique feature to the pen design is a tiny little window in the pen cap which allows you to see the tip of pen which I have not noticed on any other pen. I am not sure of the exact purpose of this window but I imagine it could be useful if you have multiples of the same tip size in use.  

I would highly recommend this pen. It comes in at a good price at around the £1.75 mark making it compatible to other drawing pens on the market, such as the Sakura Pigma Micron, but cheaper than the Copic Multiliner SP (however this one is a refillable pen, hence the addition outlay cost). Even though this is a drawing pen I really enjoy using and writing with it. It's safe to say I will always have one of these pens close to hand. 

Uni-ball Signo 207 0.7mm Needle Tip Review

The sleek black 207 pen barrel

The sleek black 207 pen barrel

The Uni-ball Signo 207 has been a popular gel pen for some time. A few months ago I added one of these pens to an online order to see what all the fuss was about. For various reasons it's not the sort of pen I would normally buy but having used this for a little while I can why this is a solid gel pen choice. 

A Smooth writing experience 

The Signo 207 writes so well it almost glides over paper. The needle tip is really nice keeping everything streamlined and I have found it nice when writing as you get better visibility of what you're writing on the page itself. It's a small feature but when you start using the pen it's something I think a lot of people will appreciate.

The needle tip of the Signo 207

The needle tip of the Signo 207

The Signo 207 I have is the 0.7mm. This is not my preferred line width as I find they can be too wide, but despite this I have not been put off using the 207. The only time I notice it being a slight issue is when using a pocket notebook where I find the line width too wide in relation to the page size. But I am nit-picking here. I would like to compare the 0.7mm to my preferred 0.5mm tip to see how different the two would be. 

Handwritten review

Handwritten review

The sleekist looking gel pen

As gel pens go most of the time I think they are plain and in some cases ugly. They don't make you want to pick them up and they don't catch your eye - I'm looking at you Pilot G2! But the Signo 207 is different. It has a nice translucent black barrel. It makes the pen look smart and much nicer than some of its competition out there. 

Moulded grip section

Moulded grip section

You get a nice textured grip section that is very slightly moulded. This isn't a distraction and the textured section is actually quite nice. Again sometimes depending on the materials used for this sort of thing on other pens they can feel strange and almost peel under your fingertips but the 207 is nice. 

One of my favourite little touches with the 207 is the colour coded knocks. The little pop of colour is a great marker for the colour of the pen you're using. This helps identify it in your cramped pen pot so you know exactly what colour you're grabbing. It's not significant but its a clever touch from Uni-ball. 

Some colour variations 

There are some colours choices with the Signo 207. We're not talking about Pilot Juice levels, but still it's not too bad and if you enjoy using this pen at least there is some variation out there. With the new Uni-ball Signo 207F gel pens you get a little bit more variation and colour coded barrels. 

Reasonably priced 

And the big bonus is that this gel pen is reasonably priced. I picked mine up from Cult Pens for around the £2 mark. This is comparable with other gel pens however with the Signo 207 you get a better looking pen.  

Go on and grab one

I highly recommend this gel pen. If you like gel pens, need something that will write well in your Field Notes or you don't want to travel with a fountain pen then give the Uni-ball Signo 207 a try. I think this will be a gel pen that I will always have lying around.  

Uni-ball Eye Needlepoint review

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I am a big fan of the Uni-ball Eye pen. It's a pen I have used for years and has always served me well. 

The Uni-ball Eye Needlepoint is a rollerball pen with a waterproof pigment ink. (The needlepoint part in my opinion is questionable.) You can pick up one of these pens for £2.56 making it a very reasonably priced pen. 

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The ink flow on the Eye is consistent all the time. Because of the pigment ink you get this dark smooth line on the page which looks great. I use this pen a lot for brainstorms and mindmaps, for addressing envelopes and annotating documents because the clarity and definition of the line is so good. I think you get a sense of that from the hand written review shown below. 

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Downsides of this pen are definately the design. It's not the most attractive looking pen I've ever seen, it's actually pretty ugly. The pen is completely made of plastic and is a combination of a white pearlised effect with some questionable patterned barrel design, that also displays the barcode!

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This pen is solid, and not in the Karas Kustoms type of solid. I mean that every part of the Uni-ball Eye is fixed. This pen does not work as a refill like the Pilot Hi-Tec-C so there is no way of doing a pen hack and making it better. It's a shame that Uni-ball havent adjusted the pen to allow for this or offered a premium version as I think they'd have a lot more success with this pen. 

Colour options are where the Uni-ball Eye lets itself down even more. If you're buying single pens you get the standard red, blue, black and green. If you buy a multipack there are a slightly broader range of colours, but you have to buy the whole multipack. Another D'oh for Uni-ball. 

What I'm trying to say in this review is I actually really like this pen but it could be so much better. In a market where you're competing with the likes of the Pilot Juice, colour choice is a big selling point. I can only assume there is not the market for these extras or a premium version of this pen which is a real shame. I would recommend grabbing a few of the Uni-ball Eyes and dotting them around the office or house as they are handy and reliable go to pens.