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Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Review

Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Review

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

I'm no stranger to the Uni Signo 207 line. In fact, they were one of my gateway pens into my stationery awakening back in the day. Regarded as one of the most accessible "nice" pens available at every big box store today, it's probably been a gateway pen for many, many people. Given the smooth, crisp refills and high quality body, it's no wonder. As good as the standard 207 is, I had to give the Uni Signo 207 Premier a shot to see if the extra cushion could improve on an old classic.

Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Retractable

Since the refill inside this Premier body is no surprise, I'll just say that it is exactly what you can expect from the regular 207 line. They all use the same refill, so you can easily swap it out for the size and color that works best for you. I don't have any spares at the moment, but I mostly prefer blue 0.5mm refills with this pen. The black 0.7mm works great, though. The ink is smooth and crisp and I have zero complaints about it.

Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Grip

The key difference between a regular 207 and the 207 Premier is the luxurious grip section. This thing is a delightful little pillow for your fingers. I've had so much fun playing with it and enjoying the plush texture. The additional cushion does also make the overall diameter of the pen a bit larger as well, so it feels a little more chunky than the standard 207. In my experience, it hasn't really made the writing experience any more or less comfortable. This mostly comes down to how I hold the pen. My grip is fairly low on any pen I use, so I end up gripping the space between the nose cone and the beginning of the grip. At that part, there just isn't much cushion because of the underlying mechanism that locks the grip section into the cone. You don't really get to fully experience the cushy grip unless you hold the pen a little higher. This is uncomfortable to me just because of old habits, but I envy the people who can naturally pick this pen up and write with the cushion in the appropriate place for their fingers. I imagine it feels great and relieves fatigue.

Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Refill

I'm willing to discount this critique on the 207 Premier because one size does not fit all when it comes to pen grips. I knew what to expect, and I wasn't disappointed or surprised when I finally held it in my hand. But, one area I do criticize the 207 Premier's grip is how it reacts to lint and dust. It LOVES it. Between playing with the grip, writing, and cleaning lint and dust off the grip, I'd say I've split my time equally three ways. It really is a magnet for picking up lint, and I haven't even slid this pen into a jeans pocket. I really don't want to for precisely this reason. This is not something I expected from looking at the pictures, and it does prevent me from using the pen like I normally would.

Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Comparison

At just under $9, you could pick up a couple of 3-packs of the regular 207s. Unless you know that your writing grip would fit this grip section perfectly, and you know you'd love to write with the pillowy cushion under your fingers, I'd recommend you pass on this one. The bonus of the fancy grip and larger body don't elevate the value over the regular 207 lineup. Save a few bucks and enjoy the already-excellent Uni 207 instead!

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Uni-ball Signo 207 Premier Writing
Posted on May 15, 2019 and filed under Uni-Ball, Signo, 207, Pen Reviews.

Uni-ball Signo 207 Bold Review

Uni-Ball Signo 207 Bold 1.0 mm Black


So, is the Uni-ball Signo 207 Bold a new product, or not?


I don’t recall ever seeing these on the store shelves before, and some of Uni-ball’s packaging had the “New” splashed across the front, but I have a few questions. One, according to Amazon.com, they have been around for a while - at least since last summer. The picture even shows the old packaging, while the ones I bought were in the new packaging.


Secondly, the Uni-ball 207 Impact Bold has been around for ages. I don’t have one handy to test with, but it is a 1.0 mm 207 model Super Ink Technology gel ink pen. Is this the same refill just now in the standard 207 barrel?


Finally, isn’t is weird that I get so worked up about little things like this?


I’m not really that worked up about it. I was thinking this was a new addition to an already solid product line, but it is really more of a rehash/rework of some pieces that were already in place.


Once I got down to actually using the pen instead of trying to decipher its lineage I found it very enjoyable. It is hard for a gel ink pen this wide to dry in a reasonable amount of time but the 207 Bold dries as fast as any. It certainly dries faster than the Pilot G–2 1.0 mm. The line is solid, smooth, and dark as well. It was a great writing experience and I can see myself using this pen more than I originally intended.

Posted on April 27, 2012 and filed under 207, Pen Reviews, Signo, Uni-Ball.

Top 5 Pens - Fall 2011

Pilot Hi-Tec-C


Time for an update to my current Top 5 pens list. As I always state about this particular list, it is a snapshot of the pens I am currently enjoying the most, not a list of what I think are the best pens of all time.


One thing I am finding now that I am working from the house full time is that I haven’t been using multi pens as frequently. I’m not exactly sure why, but for my daily note taking requirements, there isn’t as much of a need to mix up the colors as there was when I was in the IT field. My pen needs have definitely morphed to fit my work needs.


On to the list…


1) Pilot Hi-Tec-C 0.3mm Grip Black


This pen (and #2) have far and away made the most appearances on this list. I keep going back to the well time and time again - why is that? Quality never goes out of style. From short notes, to page after page of details, I never get tired of how this pen writes. Black ink, micro fine 0.3mm tip, and a rubber grip. I reach for this pen constantly. It’s crazy how often I use this pen and don’t have a review on The Pen Addict of this exact model. Same with #2 - I must correct this asap!


2) Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38mm Black


As much as I enjoy #1 on the list, this is the pen that leaves the house with me the most. It is a more durable and less sensitive to the environment choice. I don’t have to worry about banging it around, and it writes great outside when I’m watching soccer practice. I have said it a million times, but this is the pen I recommend the most to new micro tip users.


3) Kuretake Fudegokochi Brush Pen Super Fine


The lone shocker on this list. I never would have thought that a brush pen would be good for note taking, but this one is extremely versatile. I find myself reaching for it more and more, and while I keep waiting for it to break down, it is showing no signs so far. If you want to mix it up a bit, this is the way to go.


4) Pilot Acroball 0.7mm Blue


My lack of color ink use is disturbing. I have historically been a fan of writing with non-standard colors, but I have gone back to basics recently. The Acroball not only has supplanted the Uni-Ball Jetstream as my go to ballpoint, it is the lone non-black ink pen I have been using recently.


5) Uni-Ball Signo 207 Micro Needle Tip Black


A long time standby, now in a not so easy to find needle tip. If the exact same pen comes in both a conical and a needle tip, I am going to pick the needle tip 100% of the time. The only problem you might have with this 207 is finding it. Some readers are able to find them in their local office supply stores, I have only been able to find them on Amazon.

Posted on September 14, 2011 and filed under 207, Acroball, Hi-Tec-C, Kuretake, Pilot, Signo DX, Top 5, Uni-Ball.