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Pentel Vicuna EX 2 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + Pencil Review

Pentel Vicuna EX

Among the hybrid ballpoint ink pens the Pentel Vicuna is a sneaky good option. For me, it ranks only behind the Uni-ball Jetstream and the Pilot Acroball, and it may have darker black ink than both of them. The Pentel Vicuna EX Multi Pen stepped up the Vicuna's game with an upgraded barrel to hold two ink cartridges (red and black) plus an 0.5 mm pencil.

The three cartridge setup works well with the pen design. The barrel diameter is just big enough to fit everything and not have an overly large pen. In fact, it is just about the perfect size. Some multi pens get too wide or have cartridges that come out at a slight angle but that is not an issue with the Vicuna EX.

As I anticipated, the ink cartridges are as smooth, solid, and vibrant as the single color pens. The black leaves a solid line and the red is sharp and bright (my photo makes it look duller than it actually is). The 0.5 mm pencil is a nice addition, and unlike many other multi pens it contains an eraser under the end of the cap.

I won't be leaving my Jetstream's for the Vicuna anytime soon but it is a tougher decision than you would think. Maybe one day Pentel will see fit to bring them to the US.

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

Posted on June 6, 2013 and filed under Multi Pen, Pen Reviews, Pentel, Vicuna.

Pentel Vicuna 0.7mm Sky Blue

Pentel Vicuna 0.7mm Sky Blue

I have enjoyed my regular black ink Vicuna pen, and raved about my Vicuna Multi Pen, so I wanted to give the new colored ink Vicuna pens a try. I went with the Sky Blue ink, and I am wishing I would have tried a different one first.

The issue was noticeable almost as soon as I started writing. At least once or twice a line a glob of ink would hit the page, usually at the start or stop of a letter. You can see the dark spots in the written review above very easily. The black inks I have reviewed before don’t have this problem, either because 1. They really don’t have this problem, or 2. The base ink color is dark enough so it is not noticeable. Unfortunately, the light shade of Sky Blue ink doesn’t hide the dark spots.

I was hoping it was a breaking in issue, but it didn’t improve over time. Maybe it is just this particular pen, so I would like to try another one, as well as some of the other colors like purple and orange. The Pentel Vicuna is a great pen, but you might want to rethink the Sky Blue.

Posted on August 17, 2011 and filed under Pen Reviews, Pentel, Vicuna.

Pentel Vicuna Super Smooth Multi Pen + Pencil

Pentel Vicuna Multi Pen + Pencil

I'll cut right to the chase: The Pentel Vicuna Super Smooth Multi Pen + Pencil is an excellent pen.

I want to make that point early on, because I didn't have high expectations of this pen going into it, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, I have had a hard time putting it down.

My experience with the single cartridge Vicuna was completely fine, but not exceptional. I say not exceptional, but only in the fact that I would put it behind several of the Jetstreams and Acroballs I use so frequently. I'm not sure if it was the grip, or if the ink wasn't just right, but whatever it was, none of it bothers me in the multi pen version.

I cannot find my original Vicuna to compare this one too directly, but first of all, the grip seems better on the multi pen. It is a little softer, more comfortable, and overall allows for a better gripping experience. The ink performance was better than I remembered as well. The lines were much cleaner and tighter, and there was no mess to speak of. And look how vibrant that red ink is!

The Vicuna Multi Pen may never be a Top Fiver, but this is a pen I highly recommend. In fact, I have done so several times already.

Posted on July 7, 2011 and filed under Multi Pen, Pen Reviews, Pentel, Vicuna.