Thursday, June 24, 2010
One of the Pilot Hi-Tec-C gel ink pens that just arrived at Kinokuniya is from the Yawaragi Colors collection, a light gray ink called Usuzumi. I saw this a few weeks ago and was really taken with it, so much that I kept trying to remember if I'd seen it before and passed it by or just never noticed (that's the problem with gray things, you never notice them). But this was in the pen section marked "new colors" so I decided to check it out along with a few more that I'll test drive in the next week or so.
I find this gray gel ink pen, with a 0.4mm tip, to be quite delightful. It meets a need I've had that's a bit absurd but there nonetheless: I want a pen that writes like a pencil, or vice versa. Something with ink the color and look of graphite, but won't smear like a pencil does. The Usuzumi really fits that criteria quite well. The line is just the width of a nicely-sharpened pencil, the gray ink doesn't get lost even when competing with Doane's grid+lines scheme, and I can read it from a foot or so away so the ink is not too pale. The only drawback is that to my eyes there seems to be a hint of green in the gray. Your mileage may vary.
If you're looking for a gray gel ink needle point pen to add to your collection definitely try this one. I love the double takes from my colleagues, who should be used to my penchant for crazy-colored inks by now.