Pilot released a new gel ink pen a few years ago, in addition to its popular G2 range, called the Pilot Juice. Originally, this range of pens were only available in Japan when they were first released, but recently, I’ve noticed them in my local office supply shop, which is nice to see. In Australia, I’ve seen it called the “Pop’Lol” which is an interesting name? Nevertheless, I’m pleased that this great little pen is so readily available. Not only is it reasonably priced, it available in 5 line widths (0.38, 0.4, 0.5, 0.7 and 1.0mm) and up to 36 colours including pastels, metallic and fluorescent colours. Its absolutely amazing.
In my opinion, the Pilot Juice is a much better writer than the popular Pilot G2. The Pilot G2 always seems to pool ink into sticky, messy globules when I write, but I don’t see this ever happen with the Juice. Its always been a smooth, clean writer for me. Compared to my beloved Signo gel pens, the dry time is near identical. I didn’t have a G2 on hand when I did the test, but it would also smudge for me, which was a pain.
For me, the Juice is also better designed from an aesthetic standpoint. The Pilot G2 annoys me with two points – the gel in the refill has a horrible yellow/orange tinge to it and the pen body has 3 fonts to it. Neither makes any difference to the actual performance of the pen, but it affects the look of the pen, especially for those who are slightly obsessive compulsive.
The Pilot Juice is also cheaper (in Australia anyway) than the G2. For me, it’s the clear winner over the two.
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