Pentel’s Orenz Nero is a technical marvel and one of the coolest mechanical pencils sold today. It is an auto-advancing, anti-breaking pencil with a cool aesthetic and great build quality. Despite all this, the Orenz Nero does have some issues that are worth knowing about before you invest in one.
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The Pentel EnerGel-X is a popular gel pen that has won over many fans because of its excellent, quick-drying ink. The body is entirely plastic and not particularly notable, but it’s comfortable, affordable, and has a lot of availability in the US, Japan, and other places. The Energel-X is specifically a retractable version of the Energel series.
The Energel-X is one of our picks for best gel pens, though we particularly like the limited edition version, known as the Energel Infree.
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The Graph Gear 1000 is a premium, double-knock drafting pencil. It’s known for its dual-material grip and excellent construction. It briefly had a ballpoint counterpart, but the Graph Gear 1000 pen is no longer sold.
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You might not have guessed it, but vintage mechanical pens are incredibly collectible and can get incredibly expensive… much more so than most pens!
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Have a mechanical pencil whose lead won’t come out? There is a good chance that your pencil is jammed! This can be annoying, but it’s usually easy to fix.
This guide will help clear that jam and get your pencil back in working order.
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The Hybrid Gel Grip DX gel pen is Pentel’s answer to the Uni-ball Signo Broad, a popular broad tip gel pen often used by artists. The DX is a 1.0 mm tip pen that is commonly sold in white as well as gold and silver metallic colors.
The Hybrid Gel Grip DX is a popular white ink pen, but it’s not as good as some of the competitors, like the Sakura Gelly Roll.
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We talk about the color of ink a lot here at Unsharpen, but it’s not too often that we discuss the total absence of color. It’s time to discuss the best white ink pens.
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The Libretto is a rollerball-style pen that uses Pentel’s Energel gel ink refills. Pentel calls it’s a “Roller Gel” pen despite that not being a popular naming convention.
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The Energel Pro Permanent, sometimes call simply the Energel Pro or Energel Permanent, is a variant of the Energel liquid gel pen that uses a permanent, waterproof pigment-based ink. The ink is quick-drying like that of all Energel pens, but it’s also waterproof, fade-resistant, and fraud-proof.
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The Pentel B100, sometimes called the Pentel Ball B100, is a classic pen that has been produced since 1972.
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The Rotring 600 is a wonderful pen and an icon of writing instrument design. That said, it’s not for everyone. So if you want a pen like the Rotring 600 but different, what should you get?
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If you really get down to it, what is the beating heart of a high-end pen? Most people would agree that it’s the ink. While that’s not generally the feeling here at Unsharpen — we are pen geeks after all — it’s hard to argue that point if you aren’t as into pens.
With this thinking in mind, here is how you can get a top-notch Montblanc rollerball refill into a highly affordable pen body, like the Pilot G2. That’s the heart of a $200+ pen but with a total cost of about $97.
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The Pentel Orenz Metal Grip is a variant of the standard Pentel Orenz mechanical pencil.
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The Pentel Smash is an affordable mechanical pencil with a very cool, old school style to it.
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The Pentel Energel Euro Needle Point (aka needle-tip) is a capped gel pen from Pentel Co., LTD. It features a needle-point tip, plastic body and cap, and a folded metal clip. It is also a non-refillable liquid gel pen. It costs about $3.
The Euro Needle Point is an inexpensive office-type pen. It is similar to several needle-tip rollerball style pens, the most popular being the Pilot Precise V5 rollerball.
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