I’ve apparently decided that this week is gel pen week. And not just gel pens, but gel pens that I’ve had for a while and then also forgot about for a while. At least this story will end somewhat happier than the previous review this week.
I got these pens when I was on a color kick, buying up as many sources of brown and purple ink as I could find. I’d heard a lot of popular openion favoring the Slicci, so I felt pretty good about ordering it.
I’m gonna get this out right out of the gate: the barrel is too small for my hands, and I can barely stand it.
The small barrel is a plus for some people, especially those with small hands. But for me, it feels like I’m writing with a little knitting needle. I don’t really know what to say; the slim barrel seems pretty integral to the design. It’s not Pentel’s fault that I have big hands (or at least, not small, delicate hands). It would be nice if there were a bigger barrel option, because I like most everything else about this pen. I’m thinking of trying the Slicci multi pen in the hopes that it has a comfortably wide barrel.
Whew. Glad to get that off my hands. Now I can get into what I like about this pen. Design: not the typical bright white and cheerful color minimalist scheme I typically go for, but I like the metallic theme. Simple, consistent, and, I can’t say this enough, shiny. Gotta love shiny.
And though I like the colored metallic on the ink refill, I am a bit disappointed that the dark purple and regular purple have the same metallic purple on their refills. Visual cues are useful. It’s only a matter of time before I take these pens apart, mix the refills around, and end up putting the wrong refill in the wrong barrel. THIS IS A TRAGIC SITUATION THAT COULD EASILY BE AVOIDED.
The translucent purple plastic on the caps is also the same on both purple pens. Of course, the opaque plastic differentiates the colors effectively, so THANKFULLY we won’t have any catastrophic cap switching conundrums. While we’re on the cap, I will note I was surprised at the amount of paper the clip was able to hold. Plastic clips always make me nervous, as I’m convinced it’s only a matter of time before I break them. I figure they can’t hold much paper or they’ll instantly break into little pieces. So maybe this isn’t an impressive paper capacity on the Slicci’s part so much as it is a reflection of how rarely I use plastic clips on paper.
Also of note: even though these pens are so thin, both in barrel and tip, they still feel sturdy. This is why I compared them to knitting needles rather than toothpicks; I don’t feel like I’m in danger of breaking this pen, just that it’s too uncomfortably small.
What I was really impressed with when it came to the Slicci was obviously writing quality. The colors were very rich, I daresay even delicious, and great for sketching. For writing, I’d rank them only as being at the acceptable standard for what I consider a good pen, as I had some issues with a weird semi-scratchy feeling on the tip of the pen several times when writing. I don’t know if I was writing at an odd angle, or if perhaps some small fiber or dust was getting caught in the very tip of the pen, or if microscopic kittens were being generated by the friction of the pen on the paper and their tiny atomic claws were snagging the page; I just know that I had this issue with two out of my three pens. The motions of sketching, however, didn’t bring this tendency out.
What I’d really want more of these pens for is for colorful doodles and drawings. Writing quality, for me, wasn’t extraordinary enough to earn the Slicci a top spot in my writing pantheon (especially not with this barrel), but these colors are fantastic, and I want more of them. Perhaps I’ll try to find a different barrel that these refills might fit in, or I’ll give the Slicci multi-pen a try. The sketches, using all three pens together, just came out looking so nice! Think of what bring and fantastic things I could draw with the full range of colors. But the multi-pen doesn’t have all the colors that the full-size regular Slicci pens have. I need a bigger barrel, Pentel! You’re killing me here.
Good pen, great sketcher…but me and the Slicci…we’re just physically incompatible. Sorry, baby. It’s not you, it’s me. :(
Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen – 0.4 mm – Purple Ink at JetPens