photo by lost in scotland
I’ve been using the Pilot G2 pen almost exclusively for the last couple of years but today on a whim I picked up a package of Uni-Ball 207 pens. Before purchasing them I checked out the packaging to make sure it had certified archival quality ink, because we all know that millions of people will be reading my Moleskine noodlings hundreds of years from now.
So I bring them home for a test drive and wow! This pen writes LOT smoother than the G2 and It fits perfectly in my big beefy man hands! I love this pen!
Here are some other folks waxing poetic about the mighty Uni-Ball 207 pen…
I am a true pen geek. I spend more time testing, researching, shopping for, and writing about pens than I do actually using them. For a long time I was a fan of the Pilot G2 gel ink pen but recently, after much testing, I have thrown aside the G2 in favor of the Uniball 207, a pen with ink that meets all of the criteria of Mike Shea Certified Archival Quality ink.
It is important to note that the acid free nature of an ink is not nearly as important as the paper. When writing anything of any importance, one should always write it on acid-free pH neutral paper. While ink will change and possibly degrade over time if highly acidic, the paper will crisp and yellow within ten to fifty years if it is highly acidic. One can see these results in old newspapers or paperback novels.
photo by sergis
The pen is stylish and somewhat professional looking. (It’s a little more on the cute/edgy side.) The barrel is clear and slightly tinted to a dark shade, but you can still clear see the ink level. The clip seems well made (totally speculative as I don’t clip pens on anything.) The retractable “button” is quite interesting in design. It’s a color-tinted clear plastic covering a solid colored stick. Why did they design it that way? It’s not especially pleasing visually, yet it uses more material than a single piece of plastic. Don’t know, it’s not bad, just seems odd.
(via pen quest)
I’ve been using this for a week or so for general purpose writing, and I’m pretty impressed. It starts up nicely, leaves a smooth, dark trail of ink behind on the paper as it writes, and it a reasonably attractive pen to boot. While this is a little thicker than I really prefer, it’s not too bad. I’ve also seen these in staples more often than I’ve seen the Signo RT Gel pens.
(via cheap pen review)
This is the best most archival quality pen available for under $2. The 207 has all of the advantages of the Pilot G2 described below but with an ink that is able to withstand nearly every attempt to wash away the ink. Like the G2, the 207 is available in .5 mm and .7 mm. It is also readily available in grocery stores, drug stores, and large stationary stores. Like the G2, the 207 refill fits many high-end roller ball pens such as the Waterman Expert rollerball.
The Uniball Signo 207 is my most highly recommended pen for everyday writing.
(via mike shea)