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 Pilot G2 Limited is a metal-bodied, executive pen based on the popular Pilot G2.
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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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The Uni-ball UMR-83E is the 0.38 mm gel ink refill sold in the Uni-ball Signo 307 pen.
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The Uni-ball UMR-87 is the 0.7 mm gel refill found in the Uni-ball Signo 207 line of pens.
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Uni-ball UMR-87E is the 0.7 mm Super Ink Plus+ gel ink refill found in the Signo 307 and 207 Plus+ pens.
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The Uni-Ball 207 Plus+ is an update to the popular Uni-Ball 207 gel pen. It was released in mid-2020.
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The Pilot G2 is a rollerball style refill designed to fit in Pilot G2 retractable pens. While not technically a standardized size, many refills are commonly referred to as being Pilot G2-sized or Pilot G2 compatible.
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The Pilot G2 Pro is a variant on the standard Pilot G2 gel pen that features a slightly upgraded body, but it’s still essentially the same pen as the G2.
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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 Karas Kustoms Bolt is a metal, machined pen with a bolt-style knock. The current version of the pen is known as the Bolt V2, marking some slight changes between it and the previous version.
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The Sakura Gelly Roll isn’t just a classic, great gel pen, it’s the original gel pen.
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Arteza Gel Pens are super affordable gel pens that strongly resemble the Uni-ball Signo DX (UM-151). The Arteza gel pens are super popular on Amazon, where they have excellent reviews.
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The Zebra Sarasa Grand is one of the best deals in the pen world. It’s a metal pen that uses Zebra’s excellent Sarasa gel link, and sells for under $10. It’s almost impossible to beat.
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