Uni-Ball Signo Gel Grip Roller Ball Pen SAN65450 (070530065459) Reviews

Uni-Ball Signo Gel Grip Roller Ball Pen SAN65450 (070530065459)

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Uni-Ball Signo Gel Rollerball Pen Takes a Steady Hand to Stay Smooth

Jan 22, 2008
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:good price, excellent flow of ink

Cons:can jump a bit on textures due to light touch

The Bottom Line: Uni-Ball Signo Gel rollerball pens make the grade here. Get one!


Uni-Ball Signo gel rollerball pens make a nice, smooth line in comparison to other rollerball pens I've tried in the past few years.


How I Came to Signo Pens

The acid-free ink of the Uni-Ball Signo gel rollerball pen caught my eye as I whisked through the stationery section of a department store the day of my father's retirement party. I had planned to have guests write down a favorite memory to include in a keepsake book for Dad after the party and wanted something long-lasting to take down those words.

Looking for pens in single or 3 to 5-packs got the dollar signs revolving in my eyes, and then I happened upon the Uni-Ball Signo black gel pens. I could have a single pen for a couple of bucks or 10 of them for a much better price.

Ten it was, though obviously, I write with just one at a time.

The deal felt right and now that I've tested it thoroughly, I'd make the purchase again if given the opportunity.


Smooth Lines, Flowing Ink, No Globs or Sputters

I have an affinity for stationery supplies and pens sit at the top of my roster of favorite items to browse in a store. Some girls gravitate to the make-up counter or the clothing section, I go to the pens and notebooks to get my fix.

The Uni-Ball Signo gel roller gives me little reason to shop for other pens for the kind of work I do with them, though I do sometimes look for alternatives in ink color. I make scrapbooks and handmade greeting cards and therefore, use quite a lot of ink in making journal entries in the scrapbooks and in writing greetings in the cards.

My black gel Uni-Ball pens give up their ink freely without the nib spluttering on the first run after a hiatus. After sitting for a few days or more, the ink does not dry at the tip and block the flow of ink. No need to unclog a clogged ink barrel. I've used dozens of other gel pens that splotch pages with sprays or globs of ink and I come out of the experience frustrated -- no one wants to have to redo work because of ink that won't behave. No such experience with these pens. I'm satisfied.


Drawbacks

Small bumps in the road I face with the gel rollerball pen really comes from the bumps I provide myself: textured paper. I do much of my paper work with a burlap or washboard textured paper, and sometimes with an orange peel texture, not usually using smooth paper at all. And so, I put the gel roller through the paces pretty well.

The feel of these pens gives the impression of lightness. You won't want or need to press into the writing surface to get words on the page, and therefore, you'll use a lighter touch. The roller gives a feeling of skating across an icy or glassy surface, and sometimes this brings a loss of control that you usually feel with standard ink pens or felt-tipped models. Herein lies the only drawback I can find -- I write faster because I can, and on textured paper that causes some jumps and quirks in my penmanship. I can control this, but have to think about it.

With the lightness of hand you will use with this pen, you'll find that writing on paper that uses a duplicate copy system (such as duplicate checks or paper with a carbon sheet attached) won't give you a very readable copy. The pen does not press into the top copy hard enough to produce the copy, therefore, I avoid using the Uni-Ball Signo gel roller with my checkbook or documents that require two or more copies.


No Refills, but the Price Is Right

This line of Signo pens does not afford the luxury of refills, so landfill, here they come ... almost standard in writing implements these days, at least at the low end or the artists' end of the ink pen spectrum. Not a deal-breaker, but something to consider.

With the moderate price of Uni-Ball's Signo line you'll feel you've made a good purchase and get miles of writing out of the pen.

Go on and get to writing.


Recommend this product? Yes


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