Well, wasn't this a great surprise in the latest JetPens new products upload! Pentel is already in the sub-0.5mm market with the ever popular Slicci, and the not so popular Technica, but seeing a micro tip show up in the hugely popular EnerGel line is very cool. After my railing on the industry just a week ago, is there hope for micro tipped pens in the marketplace after all? Maybe, maybe not, but if this pen is successful, maybe that will lead Pentel and others to push the market a little more.
A little disconcerting is the fact that - like all of the good micro tipped pens - information on the EnerGel Euro is only found on the Pentel Japan site. So will we see this pen on the shelves in the US? All signs point towards no, but this is a very straightforward Energel build so I will keep my fingers crossed, because this is a very good pen, and I think it would do very well in the mainstream market.
On the performance front, the EnerGel Euro 0.35mm is top notch. This pen reminds me a lot of the Uni-Ball Signo DX, even though it is a needle tip. The barrel feels as sturdy, if not more so, and the writing quality is almost the same. The 0.35mm tip writes more like an 0.4mm tip, but clearly finer than an 0.5mm. The ink flow is flawless, the blue in ink a great shade, and it is impressively smooth.
I'll say it until the cows come home, and I'm going to say it again - thank goodness for JetPens. These pens are available there, although the 0.35mm models are currently sold out. Keep your eyes peeled though because I bet they will restock quickly for such a nice pen.
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Pentel EnerGel Euro Needle-Point Gel Ink Pen 0.35mm Blue from JetPens
Writing Pad from Doane Paper