Uni Style Fit Meister 3 Color Multi Pen Review

Image via JetPens

Image via JetPens

My Top 5 gel ink multi pen list doesn’t change very often. The Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto is entrenched at #1, with the Uni Style Fit a solid #2. The Uni Style Fit Meister is the newest barrel in Uni-ball’s gel multi pen lineup and I’m not sure it will crack the list at all.

On the surface, the Meister is a great looking pen. The lightweight metal barrel is an upgrade over the standard plastic barrel and the clean lines make this a pen people will notice. The Signo DX refills are excellent too. While you can choose Jetstream or pencil cartridges, I generally stick with the gels. It’s hard to beat the DX for smoothness and color vibrancy, although I believe the lines are a bit sharper from the standard single cartridge DX as opposed to the multi pen refills.

There are two annoyances with the Meister that keep me from heaping full praise on it. One, it uses a twist-deploy method for the ink cartridges. Some pens get this right, but not the Meister. The twist from station to station is quick from 1-2-3 and 3-2-1 but the second you go past slot one on the way back the barrel starts to unscrew. There is no buffer between that station and taking the pen apart.

Secondly, and this is something that may only annoy me, but the entire top section of the pen is able to be pressed down about a quarter of an inch for no good reason. Looking at the pen, you can depress the top of the pen like it is retractable and it covers most of the ink window in the middle of the pen. It serves no purpose other than to make me fidget with it and drive me insane. What can I say, I’m weird. (UPDATE: As my Twitter followers quickly let me know, I'm an idiot. What is my annoyance is others pencil click mechanism. Maybe I should try that component sometime?)

The Uni Style Fit is an excellent gel ink multi pen but stick with the entry level plastic body for one-fifth of the price. It is a no frills, knock-type multi pen that uses the same refills and gets the job done in a simple, efficient manner.

(JetPens is an advertiser on The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)

Posted on September 22, 2014 and filed under Multi Pen, Pen Reviews, Uni-Ball.

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ATELEIA Craft + Design Brass Pen Review And Giveaway

I first noticed Chris Williams’ work when Mike Dudek got his hands on a very early prototype of what has become the ATELEIA Craft + Design Brass Pen and Leather Journal Kickstarter project. Chris reached out to me a few months back and sent a couple of prototypes my way to check out and I’m excited to see his project finally launch because this is a great pen.

The ATELEIA Brass Pen is an excercise in minimal design and quality craftmanship. The brass cylindrical barrel is a sight to behold. The clean lines are striking and the weight and feel of the pen are spot on. I use a Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.25 mm blue black refill in mine, with other refill options possible such as the Pilot G2, Fisher Space Pen, and Schmidt 5888. More refill options are part of a stretch goal to add a new threaded insert which will fit the Uni-ball Signo lineup and more.

The shape of the pen makes it perfect for pocket carry, sliding in and out of your tightest hipster jeans with ease. Seeing the age and wear on mine after repeated use gives it a real sense of ownership and beauty too. This pen is an experience.

The only downside I can find with this pen is you will need a wrench or pliers to change the refill. And be careful too because the brass is soft and you don’t want to leave teeth marks. I recommend using a soft cloth between the pleirs and the nib. Luckily, this isn’t a dance you need to do very often.

Chris was nice enough to send me an extra pen and leather sleeve to give away to a reader of The Pen Addict. Here is how to get your own ATELEIA Brass Pen prototype before the Kickstarter wraps.

  1. Leave one comment on this post anytime between now, and Monday night at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. You are limited to one entry. This contest is open to US and International readers.

  2. For this contest, I will pick one winner at random from the comments section of this post. The comments will be numbered in the order they are received, i.e. the first comment is #1, the second #2, and so on. The Random Integer Generator at random.org will be used to pick the number of the winner.

  3. The contest winner will be posted on Tuesday, September 23rd. The winner will have one week to email me via the Contact link at the top of the page.

Thank you to Chris for doing this and be sure to check his project out. Only 27 shopping days left!

Posted on September 19, 2014 and filed under Giveaways, Kickstarter, Pen Reviews, ATELEIA.

Sailor Lecoule Fountain Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter)

The first fountain pen I purchased was a Sailor High Ace Neo, and it impressed me a great deal. It was a fantastic introductory experience to the fountain pen world and led me to purchasing (many) more. I would describe the High Ace Neo as a perfect beginner's fountain pen. But, Sailor also views the Lecoule as an ideal beginner's pen. All things considered, the Lecoule is an exceptional pen that suits new fountain pen users (and more experienced users), but it's difficult to justify given the price tag in comparison to the High Ace Neo. Basically, if you like the look of the Lecoule over the High Ace Neo, go for it. Otherwise, I'd suggest the High Ace Neo.

Aesthetics

The Lecoule is a handsome pen that looks better in person than in the photos online. It's difficult to capture the shine and transparent qualities of the cap and the ivory sheen on the body in photographs. The silver trim and plain nib are a perfect match to the rest of the pen.

I chose the blue cap version of the pen, and I've been really pleased by the color. Of course, I inked it with a nice blue ink to match.

The weight of the pen is fairly light. It's just a tad heavier than a High Ace Neo, but still a bit lighter than a Kaweco Sport. The pen is similar to the Kaweco in that it's more suited to being posted due to the short body length. Writing unposted caused me problems, and my hands aren't large.

The pen is minimally branded with "Sailor Japan" on side of the cap and "Lecoule" on the other side. I still don't know if I like the printed branding on the cap, but it's pretty easy to ignore.

Unlike the Pilot Lucina that I reviewed a few weeks ago, the plastic in this pen does feel a bit brittle. It by no means feels cheap, but I wish it felt a tad more sturdy in the hand. I don't it would fare well in a bag or cluttered pocket.

That said, it's a comfortable pen to hold when writing. The grip section is a bit small for my taste, but it is a good size for most people who have small or average sized hands.

Writing performance

The nib was scratchy and dry out of the box, but a quick tine alignment easily resolved the issue. After the a adjustment, it was a very good performer. The ink flow is right in the middle at 5/10, which is good for a small nib like this.

The nib on this pen, and you have no options, is a "medium fine." I'm assuming that this is a fine nib that's a little wider because that's what it looks like on the paper. Sailor runs small, so this MF looks slightly thinner than a Pilot fine. It's definitely a thin line, but it's extremely crisp. The edges of the lines are sharp and there's no guessing when it comes to ink being on the page. If the nib goes somewhere, it lays down a smooth, crisp line. It's very easy to control, which is perfect for beginners and people who want to practice improving their handwriting.

Overall

This is a solid pen that suits both beginners and fountain pen experts alike. If you have several fountain pens already, I'd recommend skipping this one in favor of one of Sailor's higher offerings. If you're new to fountain pens and don't like the plain look of the High Ace Neo or the quirky look of huge Pilot Penmanship, then give this pen a shot. It's a bit more expensive than the other beginning fountain pen options, and I think that turns a lot of people away from it. JetPens recently started carrying the Sailor "My First Fountain Pen" sets that include 2 nib units for about ten dollars cheaper than the Lecoule. And of course, the High Ace Neo and Clear Candy pens are a third of the price. Pick up a Lecoule if the style and design appeal to you. Otherwise, I think there are better options available.

Posted on September 17, 2014 .