The Pilot Timeline is the gel version of the Pilot Ageless ballpoint pen. It’s a double-knock pen that comes handsomely presented in a cylindrical carrying case.
The Timeline is sometimes sold with sub-names, like the Timeline Present, Timeline Future, and Timeline Past, but they are just varieties of the same pen. The only notable variant is that some of the Timeline Past pens have a grip that is made of birch wood, giving the pen a very cool look and a special feel.
The Timeline uses a twist mechanism that is quite unique. The first twist will lock out the tip of the pen, a conical piece of metal. The second twist will extend the writing tip of the pen. The two actions are separate, so you can leave the metal piece extended but not have the refill exposed.
The Timeline ships with an odd refill, the BLGS-5, a 0.5 mm gel refill that looks like a shorten Pilot G2 refill. It has a snazzy gold body, but it’s not a particularly special refill. The pen can use a BRF or BRFN refill from Pilot, but these don’t fit exactly perfectly.
Ultimately the Timeline is a very nice pen with an interesting mechanism, but it’s a bit expensive for what it is and it doesn’t have many dedicated fans.
Pilot Timeline Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Rollerball / Gel|
|Barrel Color||Black, White|
|Body Diameter (mm)||14.0 mm|
|Grip Color||Black, White|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||11.5 mm|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Capped? Retractable?||Retractable - Twist|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||12.2|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||13.5|
|Weight (g)||25 grams|
|Ink Color Shipped||Black|