The Pentel EnerGel plays third wheel to the much more popular Pilot G2 and Uni-ball Signo 207. I'm partial to the 207 myself, but why isn't the EnerGel more loved? I wish I had a good answer. Marketing dollars maybe?
Regardless, this is a great pen and users of the G-2 should take notice. Every EnerGel I have used is smoother and lays down a cleaner, faster drying line. They almost never skip, and are designed better than nearly every comparable gel ink pen on the shelf.
Pentel first experimented with the EnerGel refill in a Tradio barrel in the Combo model, a pen which I really enjoyed. The new stand-alone model comes in at nearly a third of the cost while keeping the same general design. The main difference is a thinner, more standard sized barrel in this new model. It looks tailor-made for a 4-pack on the store shelf.
As should be expected, the EnerGel Tradio writes wonderfully. I've never had a bad experience with any EnerGel pen so that is to be expected. My only knock is the grip is slick and could use more tackiness. That is a small complaint for such and excellent writer.
My wife has already stolen this one if that tells you anything.
(JetPens is an advertiser on The Pen Addict and I received this product at no charge.)