Thursday, February 24, 2011
I liked the looks of this Uni-ball Jestream Ballpoint pen and thought I'd try one out, the 0.7mm Basic series with blue color accents and ink.
This is one of the nicest-writing ballpoints I've ever used, the ink seems more like a gel than an oil-based ink. And the 0.7mm line seems more like 0.5mm, not as wide as I thought it would be but just the right width for me. I just learned that oil-based inks give a finer line, and this one does.
This ink is also in the "fraud proof" line, as the ink bonds with the paper so as not to be susceptible to a chemical wash that could create a blank check with a good signature. Nice to know I'm protected, even though I bank online and write on check a year.
This little black pen is a great accessory, with a slightly cinched glossy plastic barrel and a matte rubber grip that complement rather than clash. The clip is sleekly rounded, which I love, and the accent colors break up the sameness of the black.
Something I hadn't noticed is that the middle of the barrel is actually opaque. But as it is tinted black, it can't be to check on the ink level in the refill as you can't see it. Put the barrel up to a light and you'll be able to look through it, but I have no idea why unless it's just an interesting design feature meant to baffle and amuse.
All in all a great pen, order a few in different colors if you're rounding out a JetPens order.