If you have an Office Max in your area, and you haven't stopped in to give their TUL brand a try, you are really missing out. When I bought my TUL 0.5mm Needle Point pens many months ago, my wife grabbed a pack of the standard tip 0.7mm blue, which is her preferred pen setup. I of course squirreled one away for myself, and coming as no surprise whatsoever, it performs great.
Could the TUL have been a Top 5 contender? Definitely, and it would probably be right in the #6 or #7 range if I were to extend the list out a bit. The blue is a really nice shade, and the gel ink is as clean and tight as any other top gel ink pen like the Pilot G-2. It gives an effortless writing experience, and if they would just improve the grip are a bit I don't think I would have any issues with this pen.
I need to take another road trip to my closest Office Max when I get a chance to try out some of the colored gel ink TULs. I'm sure they would be just as good as this.
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