The Pentel Vicuna (via JetPens) is a relatively new ballpoint pen from Pentel that is another entry in the “super smooth ballpoint” category. It is available in black, red, and blue inks, with about 8 different body colors to select from including black, blue, red, green, pink, sky blue, and purple…but don’t confuse those body colors for ink colors because the only ink colors available are the black, blue, and red that I mentioned before.
One thing that jumped out at me immediately when I first picked up this pen was the grip section on it. The grip section of the pen is made with a very comfortable and gummy grip with some wavy ridges built in for extra traction. Additionally, Pentel has a unique way of branding this pen with it’s name. The name is embedded in raised text under the gunny grip of the pen, and makes it look kind of like it is sealed inside a bowl of Jell-O. It is a very unique look that I don’t recall seeing on any other pens to date.
Another slightly different thing about the Pentel Vicuna has to do with refilling it. Typically when I go to refill a pen, I look to the center of the barrel, or near the tip to unscrew and open up the pen. Like a few other pens, this one opens at the top, with the plunger screwing off. The refill itself looks like your standard ballpoint refill, nothing fancy there.
Next, lets take a look at the actual writing experience with the Pentel Vicuna. The writing sample above was done with the Vicuna in the M by Staples Coil Bound Notebook. Overall the Pentel Vicuna feels good in the hand with its comfortable grip, and evenly balanced body that only help to enhance the feel of the pen as you write. The .7mm tip feels very smooth as it rolls across the paper, and you do not get any of the telltale glops or skips that you sometimes get with regular ballpoints. In fact the ink lays down a very smooth and consistent line that also has a much more bold and vibrant color as compared to standard ballpoints.
At only a bit more than $2, the Pentel Vicuna is a great option for those that prefer writing with a ballpoint. The only thing that I would look forward to changing with this line is that they would also become available in colors that match the other body colors instead of just having the usual black, red, and blue. Other than that though, you pretty much cant go wrong with this new offering from Pentel, so next time you order from JetPens, be sure to throw one of these in your cart before you check out. Also, you can check out the review of this pen that Brad from the Pen Addict did over here.