Saturday, October 18, 2014

Uni-ball Signo DX (UM-151) 0.38

Summary: The Uni-ball Signo DX (UM-151) is another great writer in the Signo series
Rating: 9/10
Price: ~$2.50
Where I buy it:

I am impressed with every pen I've used in Uni-ball's Sigo series. Apparently I have the older DX model, rather than the newer UM-151, but I believe I've used the UM-151 as well. 

I prefer the 0.38 size, as it fits my writing style well. The main difference between this pen and the Signo RT is that the DX is a stick pen, and the RT is retractable. This winner is available in several colors and in 0.28, 0.38, and 0.50 widths.

Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.4

Summary: The Zebra Sarasa Clip (0.4) is one of my top three favorite gel pens.
Rating: 9/10
Price: ~$2.20
Where I buy it:

This was a sleeper pen for me. For years I wasn't aware of its existence. And even when I learned about it (thanks, Brad!), I didn't jump on it right away for whatever reason. Maybe I was just so happy with my Uni-ball Signos and Pilot Hi-Tec-Cs. I'm not sure. But this pen is a great writer. I've used both the gray and the blue-black versions. If I were ever stranded on a dessert island (notice I said "dessert" and not "desert" — who would ever want to be stranded on a desert island?!), I would be perfectly happy documenting my delectable experience with one of the blue-blacks.

Initially, I wasn't impressed with the unusual clip. However, after using it for a while, I've found that it doesn't get in the way. In fact, this is one of the few pens that I can attach to a Field Notes size notebook without having to worry about snapping the clip.

This beautiful baby is available in a variety of sizes and colors.

About Me

The pens that I review on this blog are pens that I have tested extensively. I have occasionally been impressed with a pen, only to discover that after a few days it has lost some of its functionality. By delaying my review of a pen until I have written with it repeatedly, I hope to give you more than just my initial impressions. These reviews are obviously my opinions, and what works best for me may not work best for you. Finally, to keep these reviews as unbiased as possible, my policy is to accept no free pens from any manufacturer, retailer or blogger.