I am a big Uni-Ball fan, but it seems that all of my favorites are imported from Japan, and are of the micro-tip variety. I recently met the Senior Product Manager for Uni-Ball USA on Twitter, and he sent this Uni-Ball Vision RT my way to try out - and maybe change my mind?
Right out of the gate, the design of this pen makes you take notice. The grip area is a comfortable rubber that morphs into accents for the rest of the barrel. Very nicely done. I also like that this pen is retractable, and in two ways at that: the standard button on the end of the barrel, and a safety net under the clip that if you slide into your pocket with the tip extended will retract the tip automatically.
Looks are great, but how does it perform? Not bad, especially for someone who prefers finer lines like myself. The bold line (0.8mm) is very solid, very smooth, and very dark - all things I like in a pen. Despite the width of the line, it doesn't bleed or feather on this Doane Paper, but I do need to try it on a few others to see how it does.
Overall, this is a solid pen. It doesn't jump to the front of the line, but I do see certain areas where it will come in handy. The only real complaint I have is that detailed information was tough to come by. I couldn't locate this pen on the Uni-Ball USA website (I think it has been out for at least 6 months), but I did find a little bit on the Uni-Ball UK site:
Big thanks to Steve at Uni-Ball USA for providing this pen for review. You can find him on Twitter as UniBall_USA, so be sure to follow!