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Uni-Ball Eye UB-157 Promotion 2015

Uni-Ball Eye rollerball Pens

At Tiger Pens we all like a freebie as much as anyone else and we have lined up a great promotion for you on the Uni-ball Eye UB-157 rollerball pen.

Click Here to try one for only 10p with the discount code UNIEYE10 while stocks last.

Ok it’s not quite free but the RRP is £2.79 and we sell them out normally on Tiger Pens for the great low price of £2.34 each.

UB-157 Rollerball Pen

The Uni-ball Eye range of rollerball pens are the UK’s best selling rollerball pen but what makes them so popular?

If you have not tried one before then the answer is simple they are a smooth writing rollerball pen with a consistent ink flow that has Uni Super Ink Technology. Actually smooth writing is a bit of an understatement they write really, really smoothly.

Uni Super Ink Technology is a very special type of ink that is fade resistant, water resistant & tamper proof.

The Uni-ball Eye range of rollerball pens recently celebrated their 20th anniversary and you can check out the full range in the Tiger Pens Store.

Uni-Ball Signo UM-120 Gel Ink Pen 0.7mm – Review

Since uni-ball engineers designed the first metal tipped rollerball in 1979 they have continued to produce high quality writing instruments to meet all requirements.

I usually opt for a retractable pen, as much for the clickability factor as convenience, but the Uni-ball Signo UM120 Gel Ink Pen is awaiting a review so I’ll see how it fares.

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This stick pen contains uni’s renowned Super Ink, well known for its resistance to water, fading & chemicals making it tamper proof so not a popular choice with fraudsters. I found this smooth ink to be quick drying with not a smudge in sight unlike some gels, neither did it bleed through the page.

The Signo UM120 is available in 8 different colours including a vivid orange, pink & this light blue one I’m putting through its paces. The caps & end stoppers are colour coded with the ink & although the transparent barrel on mine seems to reveal a darker blue the end cap proves an accurate guide.

Having noted the 0.7 displayed on the cap I expected a medium tip to write a wider line, but wasn’t at all disappointed by the writing experience. This Signo was very light & fairly comfortable to hold even though it doesn’t have my preferred rubber grip. The slight step between the silver nose & raised area on the top section of the barrel did prevent my fingers slipping, having said that I’m not sure how long it would be before I tired being conscious that I needed to exert more pressure than I would with a more defined grip.

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Uni-ball Insight UB-211 Rollerball Pen 0.7mm – Review

On a dark grey day picking up a bright pink pen was no great hardship, although putting pen to paper & producing an interesting read to an old friend proved a little more difficult so I decided to write this review instead.

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The pen in hand is a Uni-ball Insight UB-211 Rollerball in wine, the 0.7mm tip writes a fine 0.5mm line & its available in 6 colourful shades.

The barrel is colour coded with the ink & has a transparent grip section & window down the full length of the pen which oddly I’ve seen referred to as an inkometer. Whilst useful for keeping an eye on the ink level this pen is refillable so there’s no reason to worry about running out mid sentence. On the subject of the refills, they are pretty much the entire pen, when replacing them all that remains of the original is the cap & sleeve below the (non existent) grip which doesn’t seem very eco friendly, so can’t second guess Uni-ball’s reasoning there. I can’t say the Insight has much of a grip either, all that prevents my fingers slipping is the ledge leading to the tungsten carbide ball. The cap is pink & has a fairly firm pocket clip with black edging.

As for the writing experience it proved to be as smooth as expected with all the benefits of Super ink with its outstanding resistance to light, water & chemicals, you can be sure that anything you sign your name to will remain secure. This rollerball also has the Uni-flow ink system regulating a steady flow of liquid ink which delivered a bright pink line on the page & although it appeared wet it didn’t smudge. There was no blobbing or skipping & it didn’t bleed through the paper.

So to conclude on the positive side the Uni Insight didn’t skip, there was no blobbing & the ink stands out on paper. The downside for me was the lack of grip, which did cause a little strain after a while also the refills replacing almost half of the pen, in fact given the price of this Insight I probably wouldn’t bother.

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Uni-Ball Vision Elite UB-205 – Review

The vision elite range of pens offer a consistent flow of liquid ink for a smooth writing experience. The unique uni-ball super ink is airplane safe, water resistant & of archival quality.

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I have always liked rollerballs, they have been around since the early 60′s having been designed to give the convenience of a ballpoint giving the effect of a fountain pen.

Having reviewed its counterpart the UB-200 some while ago I now have a Uni-Ball Vision Elite UB-205 poised as I prepare to put pen to paper to write an old fashioned letter.

Appearance
This pen has a hard black plastic barrel, matching the ink colour. The transparent textured grip is handy for keeping an eye on the ink level. The well fitted cap has been designed to avoid a child choking & has a colour coded section to identify the ink & snaps on nicely. There are a series of three oval shapes on the metal clip which although sturdy I didn’t find it very flexible making it difficult when I wanted to attach it to my notepad.

My writing experience was positive, the 0.5 tip writes a fine 0.4mm line & the Super Ink lived up to my expectations having read that the science behind it means it’s

  • Fade resistant – ensures long lasting colour that doesn’t fade over time even in bright sunlight
  • Resists Solvents making it tamper proof & providing security against document fraud
  • Quick drying – due to low viscosity means risk of smudging is reduced
  • Smooth fast, fatigue free writing – as the ink delivery system lubricates the rolling ball as well as putting ink on the page
  • Airplane Safe – no risk of leaks during changes of pressure in-flight

As I came to the end of my rather long letter I didn’t have any of the aches or pains sometimes experience after gripping a pen too tightly, the writing was smooth & relatively tidy for me, although it was written at some speed. This leads me to the decision to leave this particular Uni-ball well within my vision ready & waiting for my next writing session.

 

Uni-ball Signo Gel Stick UM-170 – Review

Gel ink pens haven’t been around as long as many of their counterparts but they do have their advantages. They offer a larger range of colours & can provide fluorescent & metallic shades that are visible on darker surfaces.

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The Uni-ball Signo Gel Stick UM-170 contains Uni’s unique Super Ink, this pigment ink is tamper proof & resistant to fading & water, once the ink is dry it can’t be removed.

This simple yet stylish looking gel pen has a 0.7mm tungsten carbide ball that writes a 0.4mm line. Available in 8 different colours, I can personally vouch for the pink, the super ink is as vibrant as the plastic barrel. It is an everyday pen, but makes a refreshing change from using your conventional black or blue ink when you want to add a little colour to the notebook.

I generally like to post the cap on my pen as I write, but in this instance chose to leave it on the desk as clasping this pen brought back memories of standing on the oche at a darts match preparing to aim for the score of my dreams & subconsciously started practising my aim, getting ready to launch at the imaginary dart board to the left of my monitor.

Overall this Uni-ball gel ink pen proved to be a smooth writer that could be equally useful in the home, classroom or workplace, most of the time. Apparently the disadvantage of some gel pens is that they can tend to skip & don’t write so well on shiny surfaces, I found this to be the case on some paper & whilst the ink did stand out on a dark page the colour changed (as can be seen in the written example) so something to think about if you have a particular task in mind.

All in all a positive review, an easy going pen that was comfy to use & would brighten up any page, however dull the content.

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Uni-ball Signo UM120-SP Sparkling Silver Gel Ink Pen Review

People have collected labels, newspaper clippings & greetings card for generations, the tradition of scrap booking is said by some to go right back to the seventeenth century.

Uni-Ball-UM-120SP Gel Ink Pen

Today you can find a huge number of tools, pens & markers for arts & crafts. As you would expect from a leading manufacturer for well over a century, Uni-ball offer a number of markers & pens including the Signo UM-120 SP, a gel rollerball that is available in a range of 8 different sparkling colours.

These pens contain a pigment ink that is waterproof & fadeproof writing a smooth line. The medium tip is tungsten carbide making for a durable & solid writing experience, although I found myself having to re-do some of the text exuded from the silver ink pen as it was sometimes difficult to see, even on dark paper. The Uni-ball Signo UM-120 is also available in sparkling gold, orange, blue, green, pink, red & violet. I didn’t have any of these to hand but its very likely that this issue won’t affect them in the same way.

Members of the Arts & Crafts movement established in 1888, had to content themselves with brightly coloured wallpapers & the like to fill their albums, in 2014 we are spoilt for choice when it comes to creative pursuits.

If you are anything like Mark Twain, apparently an avid fan of scrap booking, such was his addiction to the pastime he dedicated Sundays to the hobby, you may well be adding this sparking gel pen to your collection.

Uni-ball Fanthom Erasable Pen 0.7mm Tip – Review

There are several erasable pens on the market. They are not something I have had cause to use often, preferring to use a pencil if I think I may need to erase my writing. However, I have the opportunity to review a Uni-ball Fanthom Erasable Pen, let’s see how I get on.

Uni-Ball Fanthom Erasable Ballpoint

These rollerballs have heat sensitive liquid ink which turns clear as heat is applied. This means your errors can be erased by using the cap. I found this a little confusing to start with expecting to find the eraser under the cap, but at least you can leave the pen posted.

As for the writing experience, the 0.7mm tip moved smoothly across the page leaving a line of royal blue text, they are also available in black, red, green, violet & pink & are refillable.

I am a fan of rubberised grip sections, unfortunately the Fanthom doesn’t have one. This grip has 2 panels with a series of very slight impressions that I hardly know were there, hence they provided no comfort & couldn’t be called anti-slip by any stretch of the imagination.

Last but not least was the erasability test. I assumed the best results would be from fresh ink but had the same result with text written 15 minutes before. It took quite a workout to remove a sentence, one or two words would be doable but any more I’d be more inclined to bin the page & start again!

When it came to re-writing I realised the surface of the paper must have been removed during my exerted efforts erasing as the ink slipped a little & when viewed closely it looked different somehow.

This exercise hasn’t changed my opinion, I’ll still use a pencil if there’s the slightest possibility I’ll need to erase. Maybe there is a need amongst students writing essays or taking exams, or maybe I’m just too old to appreciate the novelty factor.

Uni Kura Toga Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm Review

I’m probably not the best person to write a review on a mechanical pencil as I just don’t do drawing, neither do I have a technical bone in my body, if that makes sense. What I do have however is an interest in writing & anything a little bit different.

Uni-ball Kur Toga 0.5mm

So, I’m more than happy to put pencil to paper & write a few lines on the Kura Toga Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm. The first question I want to ask is what does the name mean? Coming from the stable of a Japanese maker in Uni-ball there has to be a clue there surely. Well all I could come up with was that Kura means to turn, which does fit in with Uni-ball’s claim that the “exclusive mechanism rotates to help prevent lead breakage” as for Toga, all my mind conjures up is a picture Emperor Claudius.

Well back to the review, these mechanical pencils are available in a choice of 6 barrel colours & come in a blister pack containing a tube of 12 spare leads. My pencil has a black sleeve, the majority of which is transparent revealing a white internal barrel, this makes the overall appearance a cool smokey grey colour. The pocket clip is black & marked with the logo & lead size.

Something I’m not too keen on are the ridges just above the tip which form part of the grip section. This is not particularly comfortable & I therefore wouldn’t expect the Kura Toga to stand up to a long hard day at the office!

The automatic rotation of the lead is unique, this feature means you don’t need to alter your grip to prevent the line getting wider & creating a chisel effect as other mechanical pencils do. The end cap also provides cover to a neat little eraser that proved very effective.

Whilst this pencil will no doubt be popular with those with a need for a mechanical pencil, their appearance for me is pretty basic. If you agree the top of the range Kura Toga Roulette might be of interest.

Uni-ball Magik Girl Erasable Pen Review

I’ve often heard it said its hard to change a first impression. When I first saw this erasable pen I had high hopes, its a fun looking pen that wouldn’t be out of place in any little girls purse or satchel.

Uni-ball Magik Girl Erasable Pen

I decided to pick the pen up & my eyes were drawn to the little icon on the pocket clip, she looked just like Elizabeth Montgomery aka Samantha, the cute looking witch who was married to mere mortal Darrin, in the popular TV show Bewitched that ran from the mid 60′s/70′s.

The Uni-ball Magik Girl erasable pen is bright & colourful with lots of interest to draw the eye. Its a rollerball that Uni-ball say you can “write – make it disappear with your cap – re- write” well you can but……my experience wasn’t quite the wizadry I had expected. Never one to give up easily, I tried several times & found the best results came from rubbing in small circles, but it needed some pressure making me wonder if small hands & fingers would get the same results.

Available in a range of seven different colours (black, blue, red, green, light blue, pink & violet)

the 0.7mm tip does write a nice smooth line. The gel ink is heat sensitive, & is apparently what creates the (Magik) in allowing the text to be erased.

Maybe I’m being overly critical but although appealing to my eye, this pen didn’t deliver the magic for me & on this occasion my first impression was reversed quicker than I could wave a wand!

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Uni-ball Jetstream SX-101 Rollerball Pen Review

This ballpoint is part of the Jetstream range of pens which are unique to uni-ball & refers to the ink. It’s a quick drying ink that they claim to dry 9 times faster than a standard ballpoint ink.

Uni-ball Jetstream SX 101

The sleek classically shaped stick barrel on the black uni-ball Jetstream SX 101 looks pretty bland to me. A soft rubbery finish covers most of the barrel, with the exception of two plastic stripes about a third of its length. If I look hard enough I can just about see the words uni & Jetstream embedded into these stripes. Whilst the idea that this displays the ink colour is effective on red & blue pens it’s lost on my black one.

The grip section has several circular rows that form grooves, they do the job for which they are intended fairly well. At the other end is a smokey translucent cap with a none too sturdy pocket clip that promptly pops off as I try to clip it on my notepad, not so impressive. To turn a negative into a positive, the cap does click as its posted on the nib leaving no doubt it will stay put.

That just about covers the appearance of the 101, now on to writing a few lines.

The uni Super ink is designed to be resistant to water & light & is therefore not going to fade, making it unappealing to fraudsters. This is due to the ink having larger particles than dyestuff inks, meaning the pigments are less liable to sink into the page, remaining firmly on the surface.

My writing advanced across the page with ease without clumping or skipping. The ink also lived up to the claims of being quick drying & my experience was that it was almost instant & very smooth. These ballpoints have certainly come a long way since my schooldays. I still have memories of those yellow bic’s that left smudges & blobs galore in my notebooks.

I’ve already mentioned the Jetstream 101 is available in 3 colours, the 1.0mm tip writes a 0.45mm line. This is just the sort of pen I’d have in my bag for jotting a few notes, although I’d probably choose a different colour because in my opinion they have a little more style. Continue reading

Uni Click BP Ballpoint Pen Review

I’ve yet to come across a ballpoint pen to get excited about, nevertheless they remain a popular choice with many. Undoubtedly they have come a long way since inventors finally cracked the problems with ink leaking & clogging, all those years ago.

The Uni-Click BP is a retractable pen that writes a medium line through the 0.7mm tungsten carbide ball. With its ability to withstand lots of wear & tear tungsten carbide is thought to be a superior material by many in the manufacture of ballpoints.Uni-Ball Click BP Ballpoint PenOn the appearance front I’d say it has a macho look about it, with a cool black plastic barrel & ribbed rubber grip section. The nib housing, end cap & pocket clip have a highly polished finish & the centre of the barrel has a smoky transparent section ideal for keeping tabs on the ink level. Continue reading

Uni-Ball UB-155 Micro Deluxe Review

I’ve written before about my preference for a medium nib, that said the Uni-Ball UB155 Micro Deluxe is a pen that could prove to be an exception to the rule should I need to cram a lot of text into a small space.

Uni-Ball UB 155 Micro Deluxe Rollerball Pen

The appearance of the stylish gun metal grey finish is spoilt a little by having white text stamped all over it, but that’s just a matter of opinion. The cap is more appealing with just the Uni logo in white text on a black band, another positive is the sturdy pocket clip with a sleek matt chrome finish. Continue reading

Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen Review

I’ve never been one to partake in creative pursuits like arts & crafts. Preparing to write a review on the Uni-ball Signo Broad Metallic Gel Ink Pen I collected from Tiger Pens, I breathed a sigh of relief as luckily, Mitsubishi the makers say they also add a personal touch to greetings cards. The only time I think of using a metallic pen is when I have a birthday or christmas card with one of those dark coloured envelopes to write on.Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen The UM-153 is a rollerball with a 1.0mm point that leaves a broad 0.65mm line in its wake.  The pigment ink is resistant to water & fading its available in gold silver & white.  The ink in these pens contains small particles that is not completely dissolved in the fluid carrier unlike dye ink where the ink melts in the water. When pigment ink is exposed to the air & light the colour remains intense for longer because only the surface is affected, beads of the ink sink into the paper itself keeping the colour vibrant. Continue reading

Uni-Ball Signo Gel Stick UM-170 Review

Whilst I would be lost without my computer, keeping notebooks is something I’ve always done & always will.  In certain circumstances I just like the convenience of putting pen to paper, its not always practical to use a computer or other hand held device, for me its quicker to use a pen.  The Uni-Ball Signo Gelstick has Uni’s trademark Super Ink, said to be long lasting & tamper proof, so I’m going to see if its something I’ll be adding to my desk tidy collection.Uni-ball Signo UM-170Super Ink is a pigment ink that complies to ISO 14145-2, a high quality permanent ink that is resistant to water & doesn’t fade in strong sunlight.  Useful for those of us needing their notes to  stand up to the rigours of being left for some time but that are also revisited time & time again. Continue reading

Uni-ball Grip UB 247 Rollerball Pen Review

From a company whose name is derived from the word unique I’m going to take the Uni-Ball Grip (UB-247) through its paces to see if it is a one off.Uniball UB-247 Rollerball PenThe Uni-Ball Grip has a 0.7mm tungsten carbide ball, blue metallic effect plastic barrel with a grey rubberised grip section.  The grip has a row of small blue circles above the Uni logo which I think gives a classic pen a contemporary twist & adds a little interest. Continue reading

Uni-Ball Jetstream Rollerball – SXN-210 RT Retractable 1.0mm Review

I have come to the conclusion that I have been a bit of a stick in the mud when writing letters &  cards.  I was about to send seasons greetings to the neighbours, happened to have a red Uni-Ball Jetstream SXN-210 close by & decided to change the habit of a lifetime. A retractable rollerball with a 1.0mm tungsten carbide ball it is hard wearing & writes a smooth 0.45mm line.  These pens are available in 8 different colours, including violet, orange & green.

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Uni-ball Signo Scents Review

If pens had a personality I would class gel pens as easy going.  I have always found them comfortable to use no matter how long for, the ink always flows well & produces vivid text on the page.

Having just put the Uni-ball Signo Scents under the proverbial microscope, I have been impressed by the range of vibrant colours.  When it comes to the sniff factor, for me, they didn’t all come up to scratch, more on that shortly. Continue reading

Uni-Ball Eye UB-157 Rollerball – Fine Review

Taking time out for a spot of R & R & tired of reading the news, I needed a pen to help me complete a few puzzles a Uni-Ball Eye with a fine tip tip was close by & I started to put pen to paper.

The UB 157 has been around for more than 10 years,  a rollerball with a fine 0.7 stainless steel nib, this pen writes a smooth 0.5mm line, just the right size to help cram my usually large writing into the small boxes.  Available in a selection of 10 colours, (Black, Blue, Red, Green,Orange, Light green, Light blue, Violet, Pink, Wine red) all have a silver & grey barrel, the ink colour is defined on the end cap & mouthpiece.  You can also keep a check of the ink level, viewing from the see through section at the top of the barrel. Continue reading

Uni-Ball Vision Elite UB200 Review

Let me just start by saying that I have never really been into crosswords, all those cryptic clues have simply seemed like a challenge too far.  That all changed recently whilst sitting in a hospital waiting room.  Needing something to pass the time & relieve my boredom, I picked up an arrow word puzzle from a nearby table.  The only pen I had in my bag was a Uni-ball Vision Elite, I sat back & set to work with a spot of puzzle solving.

Uni-Ball Vision Elite UB200

Uni-Ball Vision Elite UB200

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