JetPens recently started carrying the very beautiful - and very expensive - Zebra Sharbo X multi pen line. While they are fantastic looking, the $45 to $75 price range for just the barrel puts them out of my range at the moment. If I recall correctly, on the very same day the Sharbo X became available at JetPens, I saw this Sharbo Gel Ink One Color multi pen and pencil combo for sale, and at $5.70, it was much more in my budget. I ordered it and have had it since the beginning of May, but posting the review this late has caused one problem - it has vanished completely from of the JetPens site.
I know what you are saying - horrors, right? Well, obviously not, but I do at least like to tell you where you can get the pens I review in case you are so inclined to try them out. And this Zebra Sharbo is a very nice option for a multi pen pencil combo. The pen barrel is impressively sturdy. I mentioned in my review that many multi pens have a bit of a rattle, or feel a little loose mainly because of all the moving parts, but not this one. It is very solid in the hand, and gives a good writing performance. The 0.5mm gel ink cartridge is even less scratchy than other Zebra pens I have used, and the pencil is equally as nice.
I actually stopped in the middle of typing this up to email JetPens about this pen, because I think it is one of the better bang for the buck options as far as multi pens go. I'll let you know what I find out.
One final note - this was the first review I have done in the Doane Paper Idea Journal. I am loving it so far, and will do a full review in the near future.
Click Here for the XL review.
Update: I heard back from JetPens and unfortunately it has been discontinued by the manufacturer.