Recently dowdyism from The Pen Addict offered to send me a Pentel Slicci pen because I had never tried one and it is one of his favorite pens. Of course I took him up on his incredibly generous offer, but unfortunately the US Postal service had different ideas and things didnt work out so well, so no Slicci for me. I quickly set out to JetPens.com so I could pick up some of my own Slicci pens to test out since the Pen guru himself was such a big fan…how could I not try out one of these pens? When I got there I saw that there were multiple sizes and colors to pick from so I figured I might as well try to get one of each, although I do think I missed out on getting one of the .25mm version.
Anyway, this Slicci that Im reviewing today is the .7mm version. When I first started writing with my new .7mm Pentel Slicci, I was really impressed by the super smooth flow of ink and the bright solid color that it was laying down in my Rhodia note book. Although I’m not usually a huge fan of the .7mm point size, I do make exceptions, and I was pretty sure that this would be one of those exceptions. If you look at the writing sample above you can see how the various colors are really vibrant and put down solid unbroken lines…whats not to like? At this point I was already starting to think, I dont know how in the world dowdyism could not like (his review is here) the .7mm version of this pen…I mean I get it, I found his “its like writing with a sawed off log” comment about the blunt point pretty damn funny, but then I said to myself, sure its probably thick, but for a pen of that size I’m sure it writes as good if not better than others of the same size.
Obviously when it comes to the perfect pen, different people will have different preferences, so the whole .7mm vs .5mm or .4mm is completely variable depending on the user, so one has to respect the preferences of someone else. To me the .7mm Slicci was a tolerable width, and the more rounded stubby point was not an issue either. The thing that WAS an issue for me though was the incredibly thin and almost slippery barrel. The more I wrote with and even just handled a few of these pens, the more frustrated I became with them. The really thin barrel just does not make for a comfortable writing experience for me, I think I have average size hands for a guy, so its not like Im Shaquille O’neal and I need something the size a sawed off log to make a normal sized pen for my hands.
Now I’ve found myself going from an attitude of “ehh, Im sure that the .7mm version might be a little clunky to write with” to “wow, I dont even like holding these pens for more than a minute let alone writing with them regardless of the point size” so now I’m left with the thought of possibly just seeing if I cant take the ink cartridges themselves to see if I can fit them into any of my other pens like my Waterman Expert. So yeah, I know the Pentel Slicci has lots of fans, but for me the style of the body just totally ruins everything else that is good about the pens.
I know that @dowdyism mentioned in his review that he forgot to take a close up picture of the different point sizes and shapes, so since he has been such a great friend to my blog, I thought Id take a fw pictures for him while I had these pens and my camera out. You can really see the different shape and size of the points in these pictures if you click on them and view the larger size.
One last thing on the Pentel Slicci Gel Ink Pen 0.7mm and dowdyism’s review, although I found this review pretty funny, lets just remember that sometimes writing with a sawed off log might be the only option that some pen models have, since they are literally made of sawed off logs. 🙂