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Pentel EnerGel Alloy RT Gel Pen

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. It’s a fantastic deal thanks to the combination of excellent gel ink, a fully-metal body, and a wide diameter grip. This pen is an upgraded version of Energel RTX pen.

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Uni Jetstream Prime Single (Twist)

The Uni Jetstream Prime Single (Rotating) is one of the most confusing products in the pen world. Part of this is because of the translation from Japanese to English, but it’s also do to the simple fact that this pen doesn’t seem like it needs to exist.

This pen is often translated as the Jetstream Prime Single Rotating, but is most commonly referred to as the “Jetstream Prime Twist.”

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Tru Red Quick Dry Gel Retractable Pen

The Tru Red (sometimes written as TRU RED) is Staple’s in-house brand of pens, notebooks, and other office products. The Tru Red Quick Dry Gel Retractable Pen is, as you might have guess, the mainstay gel pen in the line. It’s a standard gel pen that sells for about $6-8 for a 5-pack, but it’s sold in many different colors and packs.

The Tru Red gel pen is extremely similar to the Paper Mate Ink Joy gel pen — enough so that we suspect Paper Mate may actually be producing these pens.

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Pentel EnerGel-X Gel Pen

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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Pentel EnerGel LRN7 Needle-tip Liquid Gel Pen Refill

The LRN7 is a type of Pentel Energel gel refill (known as the LR refill) in a 0.7 mm size. The LRN refills specifically refer to the needle-tip (aka needle-point) variety of the refill, with the number indicating the tip size.

This is a liquid gel ink refill that will fit G2 rollerball pens, including any Pentel Energel. This refill is wide enough that it typically fit Japanese gel and rollerball pen bodies but not European ones. It is similar in size to a Pilot G2 refill.

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Zebra JLV-0.5 Sarasa Dry Gel Pen Refill

The JLV-0.5 is the dye-based gel ink refill sold in the Sarasa Dry pen. This is one of Zebra’s DRYJELL inks, which are dye-based and said to dry up to 85% faster than a traditional link. This makes the refill ideal for left-handed writes as it is highly smudge- and smear-resistant.

The Sarasa Dry is one of the best gel pens so this refill is, as you might suspect, quite good. The JLV combines very good color with fast drying and a smooth writing experience. It is not prone to blobbing and is very smear-resistant.

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