Pilot G2 0.38mm vs. Uni-ball Signo 207 Ultra Micro

24 09 2013
It's like an arcade game, with less quarters

It’s like an arcade game, with less quarters

There’s a big, wide world of micro-tipped pens out there, but when it comes to what’s available in physical American stores, choices are limited. So it’s high time for a showdown between the two most commonly available retractable micro tip pens: the Pilot G2 0.38mm and the Uni-ball Signo 207 Ultra Micro (in blue).

Imagine the sound of two pens clicking aggressively at each other. That is the soundtrack to this review

Imagine the sound of two pens clicking aggressively at each other. That is the soundtrack to this review

I’ve laid out my thoughts before on the design of both of these pens. Comparing the two is like trying to determine the winner in a noodle-armed slap fight. No one really wins, and we all feel a bit silly.

Are these really both 0.38mm? They don't look the same size.

Are these really both 0.38mm? They don’t look the same size.

What it really comes down to here is writing. The Signo 207 has lighter ink, and it appears to write thinner than the Pilot G2 by an almost microscopic factor. But the Uni-ball Signo 207 is occasionally plagued by some odd feeling at the tip when writing, something I can’t properly put into words. It’s not scratchy, it’s not like there’s any problem with the flow of ink, but there’s something, some slight something, that is at times getting in the way of 100% smooth writing.

And the Signo does a lot of this. See those near-railroads?

And the Signo does a lot of this. See those near-railroads?

The Pilot G2 isn’t exactly perfect either. It isn’t scratchy, but it feels ever so slightly slower when writing compared to the Uni-ball, like some kind of microresistance is involved—but the performance is more consistent, both in terms of the feel and the quality of the lines being laid down. The vertical line of my Ts with the Uni Signo 207 betrays an occasional tendency to deposit less ink in the middle than the sides of the line. The Pilot G2 does it too, but less often.

This has the makings of an excellent family crest. I'll get the castle fixed up and have it printed up on some flags and armaments.

This has the makings of an excellent family crest. I’ll get the castle fixed up and have it printed up on some flags and armaments.

If the Uni Signo 207 could get itself together and always write without that weird feeling to it, then in spite of its annoying grip it would be the clear winner. Both of the pens I’m using for this comparison I’ll admit are a few years old, brought back into use for this review, so even if age has brought the performance down it should have done so equally, because I got these pens around the same time.

For its consistency in performance, I declare the Pilot G2 0.38mm the winner of this fight.

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5 responses

25 09 2013
Bob M

Great review thanks! I didn’t realize the G2 came in a .38.

2 10 2013
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18 10 2013
Brad Grigor

Greetings! I’ve been a big Signo 207 fan since a waiter once used one for the bill at a restaurant many years ago. We thought ‘Wow, nice pen…we need to get ourselves some’ and so we did. Several years and many boxes of 207 refills ordered on eBay later…I have dropped the 207. I just discovered the Staedtler Cool Roller 411. There seem to be NO reviews of this pen on the review sites and it’s not for sale on JetPens. What’s the deal–perhaps only available in Canada? Here’s a link:

http://www.staedtler.com/en/products/ink-writing-instruments/rollerballs/cool-roller-411-rollerball/

I have 2 blues and a black that I’m using daily for making detailed notes in my Moleskine, my Gratitude book, writing receipts, writing cheques, well, writing everything. I’m loving it.The ink flows very smoothly, no skipping, with just the right amount of drag (I don’t like a pen that is too fast). The colours are solid and vibrant and the line is thin and uniform.

In other words, I think you should review it!

P.S. Mine say “Made in Germany” and Germany on the barrel, so I think that means “not made in China”.

16 10 2014
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