Customised multipens are a great way to reduce the size of your EDC, while still having different inks and colours available to choose from. When my local office supplies store started carrying this line of pens, I went and picked up this Uniball version of the customised multi pen. There are also Pilot and Pentel editions of this type of set up but in Australia, these other options don’t seem to be as readily available. This suits me fine as you know, Uniball is my favourite non fountain pen brand anyway.
I chose a simple 5-refill multi pen body and fitted it with 3 gel refills, all in the 0.5mm size, 1 Jetstream ballpoint refill in 0.7mm and a pencil component. This set up pretty much covers all of my non black or fountain pen needs in an EDC in one handy set up.
The larger pen widths are not available for use in the Uni-style - for gel refills the widths 0.28, 0.38 and 0.5mm are available (but not 0.7 or 1.0mm that are also available in the Uniball Signo range) and for the Jetstream, 0.5 and 0.7mm are available (but not 1.0mm). All of the colours in the standard Signo and Jetstream range are available, so you have a choice of 16 gel colours and 3 Jetstream colours. That’s still plenty to choose from in my opinion.
The Jetstream refill seems to write as smoothly as the standard Jetstream pen, although the gel refill seems to perform a little less consistently than the Uniball Signo dx or RT in the 0.5mm size. The purple refill I have is as smooth as the Signo dx and RT, but the pink and blue is a bit scratchier. The pink also seems to skip a bit - maybe I have a dud, I’m not sure. The pencil component is a basic mechanical pencil, not the lovely Kuru Toga that rotates the lead so you have a smoother writing experience. Maybe the size limitation is because the wider pen nibs would deplete the ink capacity of the refill too quickly? In which case, that makes perfect sense.
The basic Uni Style body is very basic and I would recommend upgrading to the Meister version if you can. The mechanism on the basic pen body is just a little bit flimsy but it serves the purpose and comes with cute designs which aren’t available on the Meister which I think is designed to be a little more professional looking.
The 5 refill edition is also a little bit too big for my hands and in longer writing sessions its a little bit uncomfortable. For my purposes, which is to highlight or make quick notes in a different colour, its a perfectly fine set up and the convenience of having all of my “non standard colours” together outweighs the discomfort.
For me, the Uni style serves a very specific purpose and its great for this. I think this type of pen would work well for someone preferring it as a main writer as well as there are plenty of options for both refill type and pen body. What’s also great about this is that the refills are all reasonably priced (even in Australia!) and with so many options, most people would find something to suit their needs. Definitely recommend!
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