Erasable pens aren’t as common as they should be. These writing instruments have come a long way in recent years and now offer both very good writing experience and legibility, while leaving almost no mark at all on the paper. If you haven’t used an erasable pen recently, you should pick one up soon.
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Many people come to this website with a simple query: how long is a pen? Here is our best take on an answer to this deceptively simple question.
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Jetstream ballpoint pens are some of the finest writing instruments sold today, but which Jetstream pens are the real winners?
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In an effort to reduce the use of plastic and increase the amount of biodegradable components used in pens, Mitsubishi Pencil Company’s Uni-Ball brand has developed a ballpoint pen refill made primarily of paper.
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The Uni-ball One is a gel pen that uses pigmented ink in order to produce clearly writing and water-resistance.
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When discussing pens on Unsharpen.com we use some terms so often that we assume everyone knows the meaning. But these meanings aren’t always clear and sometimes our definition will vary from that found on other sites.
With that in mind, what is a ballpoint pen?
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It’s rare that you are in the market for a pen refill, rather you are likely trying to buy a refill for a specific pen. Even so, here are some truly exceptional pen refills that are worth keeping an eye out for when you next need a new refill for one of your pens.
These are refills that simply make me happy each time I use them and surprise me with their quality when I revisit them. These are refills that are worth buying a pen so you have somewhere to put them.
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The Kuru Toga is Uni’s (Mitsubishi Pencil) family of mechanical pencils with auto-rotating lead technology. This rotates the lead so that it creates and maintains and a point, as opposed to the lead working itself to an angle and creating uneven lines on the page.
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The Jetstream is one of the foundational pens in the category of modern Japanese pens. It’s a click retractable pen with a specially-formulated low-viscosity ballpoint ink. From the standard Jetstream knock-style office pen grew an entire category of pens with this excellent ink.
This pen is the standard Uni Jetstream, and is known by the maker, Mitsuibishi Pencil as the “Jetstream Standard.” There are dozens of related models — Jetstream Prime, Jetstream Premier, Jetstream Stylus — but this is the standard model. Even this comes in a large number of variants and colors, which we’ll get into.
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Gel pens and rollerball pens can seem like the same thing and they are, in fact, often confused. What’s the difference between the two?
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The Uni-ball Vision Elite is a rollerball pen that is very common in offices and US big box stores (Target, Office Depot, etc.). It’s a great fit for the workplace because it has a reliable lifespan, smooth writing, and pigmented ink that cannot be washed from checks and other official documents. This pen is one of the best rollerballs sold today.
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The Uni-ball Air is a rollerball pen with a unique “cushion-tip” writing tip that leads to a smooth flow and a great overall rollerball pen.
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The Uni Jetstream Edge 3 is the three-color follow-up to the popular Jetstream Edge, which was the first ballpoint-style pen to use a 0.28 mm writing tip.
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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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The Uni-ball UMR-85E is the gel ink refill found in the Uni-ball Signo 307. It is the 0.5 mm version of the UMR-87E.
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