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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The Pentel Orenz is a plastic mechanical pencil with Pentel’s anti-breaking lead technology. This is the entry-level pencil in the line, with the top model being the Orenz Nero.
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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 super 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 Alloy is a metal, retractable pen with a quick-drying gel refill. It’s a fantastic deal thanks to the combination of excellent gel ink, a fully-metal body, and a wide diameter grip.
The Pentel Energel Alloy is a metal, retractable pen with a quick-drying gel refill.
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The Pentel Energel Hexreform (sometimes spelled Hex Reform) is a limited run, metal Energel gel pen.
The Pentel Energel Hexreform (sometimes spelled Hex Reform) is a limited run, metal Energel gel pen. It’s design is quite clean and highly reminiscent of the Rotring Newton and 600 rollerballs.
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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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