Uniball Style Fit 3 and 5 Color Multi Pens

The Uniball Style Fit 3 and 5 Color Refillable Multi Pen shown with Signo DX refills

The Uniball Style Fit 3 and 5 Color Refillable Multi Pen shown with Signo DX refills

When it comes to office supplies, the multi pen seems to be something that causes great consternation, but with any luck the Uniball Stlye Fit might change things a bit.  I feel as if for every positive piece of feedback on a multi-pen there are 5 negative pieces of feedback from someone else on that same pen, so I was excited when I first heard about this pen from The Pen Addict, who first saw it on the Scription blog.  Lucky for me, JetPens.com recently got some in so I ordered up a few right away.

The Uniball Style Fit Multi Pen shown in the 3 and 5 color versions, with the clip acting as one of the plungers.

The Uniball Style Fit Multi Pen shown in the 3 and 5 color versions, with the clip acting as one of the plungers.

In the above photo, you can see the Uniball Style Fit Multi Pen in the 5 color version (left) and the 3 color version (right).  The 5 color version has 4 standard plungers to select different colors, and the 5th color is selected by using the pens clip as a plunger.  For the 3 color version, you have 2 standard plungers, and the clip acts as the plunger for your third color.  The thing that makes this multi pen so cool is that you have several options for using some of your favorite Uniball writing implements that have been specifically designed to swap into the Style Fit body.  Your options include multiple colors and tip sizes of the Uniball Signo DX cartridges, and the popular JetStream colors and sizes, along with a mechanical pencil option that utilizes the NanoDia Low-Wear Pencil Lead from Uniball.

Close up of the Uniball Signo refill designed for the Style Fit Multi Pen.

Close up of the Uniball Signo refill designed specifically for the Style Fit Multi Pen.

Each of the refills for the Style Fit come in an individual plastic tube with a color coordinated cap, and a plastic coated tip.  The refill itself has a body that matches the color of the ink, and it also has the size of the point printed on the end of the barrel, closest to the tip, you will see why this is important further down in the review.

Comparison of the standard Uniball Signo ink cartridge (top) to the Signo gel ink refill for the Style Fit (botttom).

Comparison of the standard Uniball Signo ink cartridge (top) to the Signo gel ink refill for the Style Fit (bottom).

Having the option to use any combination of 3 or 5 of your favorite Uniball cartridges gives you great flexibility, but one of the trade-offs that you will have to think about is the fact that the Style Fit refills are much smaller that the refills that come in the standard versions of the pens.  The above photo shows the standard Signo cartridge next to the Style Fit version in the same tip size and color.

Close up view of the Uniball Style Fit grip section showing the refill options I selected.

Close up view of the Uniball Style Fit grip section showing the refill options I selected.

As I mentioned before, here is a photo that shows exactly why the refill cartridges have the color coordinated bodies, and the point size clearly visible on them.  The clear grip section makes it easy for you to see the color and/or tip size that you are selecting.  It is obvious that for a pen like this, you need to have a clear view of what options you are picking from, whether its your mechanical pencil, your JetStream ballpoint in multiple colors and sizes, or one of your favorite colors/sizes of the Signo refills, so the grip on the pen is simply a clear plastic screw on attachment to the body.  The drawback here is that occasionally you might find the clear plastic to be slightly slippery, and lacking any kind of textured grip to hold between your fingers.  The size of the grip on the 5 color body is about the same as what you would find on the Zebra Sarasa 3 multi pen, so you get 2 more colors in comparison, but with the same thickness on the grip.  On the 3 color body, the grip section is about the same thickness as the old school Bic 4 color multi-pen that I recently reviewed.  I didnt find myself having too much trouble with the grip, but again, this is just one of those things that you need to think about for yourself before you decide to go with this pen.

Top view of the Uniball Style Fit 5 color body and the 4 plungers and 1 clip that acts as the 5th plunger.

Top view of the Uniball Style Fit 5 color body and the 4 plungers and 1 clip that acts as the 5th plunger.

The 3 and 5 color versions of the Uniball Style Fit have tab shaped plungers that protrude from the top of the pen, and the clip also acts as a plunger for one of the colors on the pen.  To me the plungers do seem like they protrude a little bit more than they actually need to, but that certainly does not take away from how nicely the pen writes.  One thing regarding the plungers that takes some getting used to is that instead of just pressing straight down on them is that you need to also press the plunger in towards the body of the pen to get it to catch.  Initially I had thought that my pen was broken, but for whatever reason, it just takes that extra little bit of pressure to push down AND in when using the plungers….again, not a big deal at all once you realize that you need to do it.

Uniball Style Fit writing sample on Doane Paper.

Uniball Style Fit writing sample on Doane Paper.

With all of the details about the pen body, plungers, and refills out of the way, the real test is in the way the pen actually puts ink on paper.  The only options that JetPens had available when I placed my order were the Signo refills, so thats what you see in the sample above.  The multiple sizes and colors of the Signo refills match up with the standard Signo DX options, and they write just as smooth, clear, and brightly as their counterparts.  I can only assume that the mechanical pencil and JetStream refills perform just as well, and once JetPens or someone else has them available Ill be sure to update this review.  Towards the bottom of the writing sample I also compared the Style Fit directly with the Signo refills of the same color and sizes, and struggled to find any differences, but feel free to click on the photo and compare for yourself.

Overall I think that the Uniball Style Fit is an excellent option for a multi pen.  There are many specific criteria that we all have for our pens, and when you try to merge those into a “once size fits all” or “everything to everyone” option, I dont know that its possible to hit a home run, but this pen is probably as close as one could reasonably expect to get.

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Comments

  1. 1
    dowdyism says:

    Great review – I love this pen! Do I have a problem if I have 5 barrels already?

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    nrepose says:

    Another wonderful review OSG!The Fit looks like a great pen especially in those great photos. Thanks! Nr

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    Alberto says:

    Well done! another informative review. Personally I am not too crazy about multi-pens. Their convenience is generally trumped by the small size of the ink refills and their relatively high retail price.

  4. 4
    Sam says:

    Brilliant review, thanks for posting! Guess that’s my mind made up…onto the Wish List it goes. ;)

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    Gentian says:

    I finally ordered mine! Great review!I’m looking forward to testing it out.

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    John says:

    The pencil and Jetstream refills are available from jstationery.com, which is where I ordered my set. They’re also on ebay as well.

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    Mark Kawakami says:

    I gotta be honest, I like the Pentel Sliccies and the Coleto Hi-tec-c more than the Style Fit. I think it’s that when extended, the Style Fit has a bit more “wiggle” to it than either of the other two, meaning the tip of the cartridge doesn’t fit as snugly into the tip of the barrel. The Sliccies and the Coleto are both rock solid while extended.

    That being said, I think it’s a good pen, the Signo inks are great and it’s the most stylish of the bunch. Anyone who wants to get one should go ahead and do it. But for me the Style Fit hasn’t entered the rotation the way the Sliccies and the Coleto have.

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    @dowdyism – Thanks, I appreciate that. I dont think you have a problem, but then again I caught myself thinking…”hey, if I get a few more of the 5 or 3 color bodies, I could just have a nice way to store one of each refill and always have the flexibility of changing them up as needed”

    @nrepose – I appreciate the feedback, and especially on the photos, from a pure blogging perspective, thats one thing that I’ve struggled with getting right.

    @Alberto – I totally hear you on that. I dont generally keep a multi pen in my day to day rotation, but I do like to have one with as many options as possible in my laptop bag so I can recreate my day to day desk experience on the road.

    @Sam – I feel like my wish list gets longer every time I read all of the great pen, notebook and office supply blogs out there…glad I can help contribute to your list instead of just making my own longer. ;)

    @Gentian – Ive got a feeling you will like it, but Id love to hear your opinion after you use it, so if you remember, come back and let us know.

    @John – Awesome! Thanks for the heads up…I appreciate it, although my checking and savings accounts probably dont. :)

    @Mark – Thanks for adding your perspective, one thing that always bugs me about my reviews is that I am only a sample size of one, and its not a true scientific result that Im able to publish here. Having your feedback helps to bring other perspectives.

    I totally know what you mean about the wiggle room when the point is out, and I didnt notice it to be too bad with my versions, but Ill have to keep an eye on it. I still have not tried the multi pen versions of the Slicci or Hi-Tec-C, so Ill have to get on that so I can do a comparison.

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    Gentian says:

    Would like an extra 5 color pen body? It feels too wide for me. I prefer the single body style fit, so I have switched to those. E-mail me and let me know if you are interested! :D

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