Uni-ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Gel Ink Pen – 1.0 mm – Blue

26 01 2013
Feel the sparkles in your heart

Feel the sparkles in your heart

I’m no connoisseur when it comes to glittery gel ink pens—I may snag one as a novelty, but I don’t have my finger on the pulse of that movement like I did in the 6th grade. My knowledge of the quality of entrants in the field is lacking. That said, I do have a rather cat-chewed Sakura Gelly Roll gel pen in sparkle purple that I will use for comparison.

Pleasantly acceptable!

Pleasantly acceptable!

The body is nice, as far as these cheap things go. Sparkles in the body and cap—noticeable but not gaudy. Cap posts securely on both ends. Pen itself is theoretically easy to refill (who knows how easy refills will be to find, however).

Looks like a mess waiting to happen, though I assure you it isn't.

Looks like a mess waiting to happen, though I assure you it isn’t.

First, how the ink writes. I find it smoother than the Sakura Gelly Roll, and generally more consistent. If I’m gonna be taking some sparkly notes, on writing quality alone I favor the Uni Signo over the Gelly Roll.

Unless I'm writing on my hand, then the day goes to the Gelly  Roll

Unless I’m writing on my hand, then the day goes to the Gelly Roll

As far as personal preference goes, be advised that the Signo ink is more translucent and the Gelly Roll more opaque.

Let it shine

Let it shine!

There is a big flaw in the Signo that you have to be warned of, one that does not plague the Gelly Roll: the Uni Signo glitter ink smells like fish. Smells *powerfully* like fish. If you write with it long enough (read: at all), you’ll think you’ve been transported to an open air fish market. It is truly bizarre.

Perhaps I should have known, blue---> water---> ocean---> FISH.

Perhaps I should have known, blue—> water—> ocean—> FISH.

If you like fish, get this pen. If you want glittery and smooth writing, get this pen. If the mere thought of seafood turns your stomach, DO NOT get this pen.


Uni-ball Signo Sparkling Glitter Gel Ink Pen – 1.0 mm – Blue at JetPens


Zebra Pticolon Gel Ink Pen – 0.8 mm – Limited Edition – Vanilla Scent – Brown Ink

26 07 2011

I did not realize that this ink registers in the nearly invisible end of the scanner spectrum.

Even though I have no need for a pastel, scented, slightly almost pearlescent gel pen, cheap novelty is nearly impossible to resist, particularly when pens are involved. And thus, after much flavor deliberation, I threw the vanilla Pticolon into my latest JetPens order.

What does "Pticolon" mean? I have no idea.

The body of the Pticolon is simple, yet pleasing. The rounded square cap keeps the pen from rolling away, rather than using a clip; this streamlines the look of the pen without taking away from the functionality. Clips are great, but gel pens like these belong in bunches together inside of three-ring zippered pouches.

If you eat the pen, it will taste like ice cream!* *(please don't eat the pen)

The cap fits snugly on the end, no problems there. However, if rattling noises irritate you, then be warned that there is a small metal ball in the end of the pen. I always liked for my gratuitous not-very-schoolwork-functional gel pens to have this feature, because I liked the small noise it would occasionally make. I don’t know what function the little metal ball serves, but now you know it’s there.

Dispensing non-edible semi-liquid ice cream, one line at a time

The Pticolon has a little grip section whose sole purpose is to tempt me into making tasteless and inappropriate jokes (it doesn’t seem to add or take away anything from the writing experience). But it writes well, with a consistent ink flow that dispenses neither too much nor too little ink, with an appropriate level of smoothness that still allows for a sort of tactile feel to the pen hitting the page. My only complaint against this pen is that, though the cap may indeed be brown, I cannot under any stretch of the imagination nor of the color spectrum construe this as being brown ink. It’s a peach pink kind of color. Under the most generous of circumstances, I’ll say that maybe it’s almost a variant of tan (pink tan). But not brown; that cap color is a lie. Other than that, it’s a solid and simple pen, and if I could I’d shove a few of these in a time machine and send them back to my middle school self.

Zebra Pticolon Gel Ink Pen – 0.8 mm – Limited Edition – Vanilla Scent – Brown Ink at JetPens