Extended “Super Six” Pen Review 2012 Part 1


Well, the day is here. The day that we finally find out who can hold the title of The Ultimate Pen. No pen will be given the title based purely on how it looks, or feels. Each pen will be used for the first time right out of the package and each pen will be brought through a rigorous amount of tests to prove its worth. Here are the tests:

  1. Retractable or Capped
  2. Retractable (ease of click [Very easy, easy, moderate, difficult, or Very difficult]) Capped (resistance of de-capping/click of capping)
  3. Weight of the pen
  4. The “Feel” in the Hand
  5. The Grip
  6. What kind of pen it is. (gel, ball point, roller ball, ink, etc.)
  7. Smoothness and Ease of Writing (1-5, five being the best)
  8. Volume of ink on the Page
  9. Width of ink on the Paper (thin, thick, messy)
  10. “Skippage” (does the ink skip on the page. gaps of space and ink)
  11. Ink Dry Time (after 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds, and 45 seconds)
  12. Refill (what you can use to refill the pen)
  13. Appearance (sex appeal, 1-10, ten being the best)
  14. Material of the Pen
  15. Wide or fine point (0.5mm, 0.7mm, 1.0mm)
  16. Price (for a single pen)
  17. Final Prognosis of the Pen
  18. Ranking among other Pens (this rank was given after all pens were reviewed)
  19. The Ultimate Pen Decision

Let’s get to the tests!

[Note: The smoothness of writing, volume of ink, width of ink, “skippage”, and ink dry time tests will be done together in visual form, as well as written. You can view a full picture of the pen by clicking on the blue title.]

#1 Pilot Dr. Grip Full Black Ball Point Pen 0.7mm

  • Retractable
  • Moderate ease of click. Some resistance with clicking, but not horrible.
  • Weight is medium heft. Pen is not light, but not overly heavy liken to some metallic pens. Exact weight & length: .70oz, 5.55in.
  • The feel is comfortable, with the length long enough to rest on the hand.
  • The grip is very comfortable. There is some “give” to it that creates a “pillow like” effect in the gripping of it. The grip curves in a concave design that ergonomically aids the hand in writing. Excellent.
  • This pen is a Ball Point Pen.
  • Some would place ball point pens in their own class, simply because…well…it’s a ball point pen (which in some enthusiasts is far inferior to gel and inkball pens) Still, the Dr. Grip writes fairly smoothly for a ball point. 3/5 for Smoothness and Ease of writing. (in Appendix 1.1)
  • The volume of ink on the page was very minimal. It was almost like the pen was self-rationing the amount of ink used. Still, it wasn’t hard to read. You will NOT have to worry about this pen spilling or seeping into the page.
  • The width of the ink on the page was thin.
  • Skippage: none (but ball point pens are more likely to skip)
  • Ink dry time: in all time frames, the pen smeared, but it smeared much less at 45 seconds. (in Appendix 1.2)
  • Refill:  Takes Pilot BRFN-10F refill
  • Sex Appeal: User can purchase this pen in different colored accents. This user purchased the pen in “Full Black” and it looks very good. The design would gain interest if the chrome pen clip was indeed also black. Aside from that, this is a beautiful pen. 8/10 on Appearance.
  • Material: made of plastics and metal pen clip. Glossy black body, with matted black pen neck.
  • Pen Point: 0.7mm
  • Price: $9.45 USD
  • Prognosis: This pen is expensive. Right off the bat, this is what I noticed. My expectations were pretty high because of this. In full black, this pen is gorgeous. The performance was a little weaker than what I was expecting, but this is still a quality pen. It feels great in the hand, and with the amount of ink that is put on the page, I don’t think I’ll be needing to refill this baby anytime soon.
  • Retractable
  • Easy click. Solid sound and feel when clicked.
  • Fairly light pen. Not heavy at all. Exact weight & length: .56oz, 5.6in
  • The feel is nothing special, but it is not uncomfortable. Fits nicely in the hand.
  • The grip is nice. It is not similar to Dr. Grip, but it is slip resistant, with grooves that improve the traction. With a slight concave design at the finger tips, this grip is pretty good.
  • This pen is a Fine Ball Pen.
  • The Acroball has got some chops for a ball point classification. It was a fairly smooth ride. Much smoother than most ball points that I have used. 3.5/5 for Smoothness and Ease of writing. (in Appendix 1.1)
  • The volume of ink on the page was a good amount. There were not any moments when there was spillage or seepage into the paper. This pen allocates the amount of ink very well.
  • The width of ink on the page is thin
  • Skippage: The pen did skip on the page. This basically just means that I had to retrace a line because the ink didn’t mark the page, and thus created a gap, or a “skip.” For the most part, this pen does not skip, but I did notice the occasional skip.
  • Ink Dry Time: for a pen that advertises that it is “quick-dry” and “water resistant,” it does a pretty good job. I don’t expect pens to do very well at 5 seconds or even at 10 seconds, but this pen did fairly well with almost zero smear at 45 seconds. (in Appendix 1.2)
  • Refill: Takes BRFV-10 refill
  • Sex Appeal: This pen has some unattractive pieces on it that detract from the overall appearance of the pen; very plastic looking grey pieces. This being said, the Acroball still holds a certain level of attractiveness with the sleek design and transparent body/neck. The majority black color scheme also gives it a very business feel that does not cater to nail biting eighth graders using it on a geometry test. 7/10 on Appearance.
  • Material: Majority of the pen is made from plastics. Little metal or rubber.
  • Pen Point: 0.7mm
  • Price: $1.50 USD
  • Prognosis: It is in my opinion that this pen functions very well in ball point standards. The pen functioned pretty decently in the physical tests, and did very well in the “Ink Dry” test. The pen may be too small in the grip, which will cause the user’s hand to cramp after a lot of use. Still, the look of the pen really aids to the design, which is dark, sleek, and deserves a spot in your cup at work.
  • Retractable
  • Very Easy click. Takes Very little pressure to click the pen open. Love it.
  • Also a very light pen. Easy on the hand. This makes the lightest pen reviewed. Exact weight & length: 52oz, 5.5in
  • The feel of the pen is not so great. Also, the pen is small in diameter, which willinevitably cause the writer to cramp up after long usage.Nothing special here.
  • The Surari has a grip at the finger tip, but it is thin and has zero “give,” which makes the grip hard. Not a great grip.
  • This pen is an Ink Ball Pen.
  • The Surari is complicated. I felt like this pen was above average with smoothness and ease, but it felt like I was driving a knife into the paper. The tip, where the ball and the tip meet, seemed to dig into the paper. This pen could work on that. The pen advertises to have “extra smooth ink flow,” as well as Emulsion ink, which smear proof & waterproof.  3.5/5 for Smoothness and Ease of writing. (in Appendix 1.1)
  • The volume of ink on the page was not too much. The Surari has a pretty similar amount of ink on the page when compared to the other two Pilot pens. The pen did have a moment when there was an ink blotch on the paper, which can easily smear, but it wasn’t frequent.
  • The width of the ink on the page is thin.
  • Skippage: This pen did skip a few times actually. Like the Acroball, it was occasional, not frequent.
  • Ink Dry Time: So far, the Surari has performed the best for ink dry time. This pen smeared a bit at 45 seconds, but this was only due to an ink blotch, and you can see the line not smeared outside the blotch. (in Appendix 1.2)
  • Refill: Takes EQ-0.7 pen refills
  • Sex Appeal: Well…hmm. The Surari is a very basic looking pen. There is not much eye candy to be found here. The transparent body extends almost the entire way. The full black color scheme, and sleek body are the only points I give it for style and appeal. 5/10 on Appearance. 
  • Material: This pen is made entirely of plastic.
  • Pen Point: 0.7mm
  • Price: $1.45 USD
  • Prognosis: The Zebra Surari Emulsion pen is the champion of the cheap looking pens. This smooth writer may skip on you a few times, but I’m sure that more usage will shake out the kinks. The small body diameter is not ideal, but it is light, easy to click, and a pretty smooth writer. The only downside is that it looks like the geek of the pen world. Not very appealing. This pen can be found in pocket protectors everywhere.

[Click HERE for Part 2 featuring the “Capped” pens.]

Appendix 1.1
Appendix 1.2
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10 thoughts on “Extended “Super Six” Pen Review 2012 Part 1

  1. Bruce Falconer

    I love the way you have structured your reviews and the content is well done and very informative. I would purchase these products based on
    your reviews alone ! Look forward to future submissions.

          1. Bruce Falconer

            Hi-Tec-C 0.3 & 0.4, Uni-ball Signo RT 0.38, Schneider Slider Fine,
            Surari 0.5, Pieni 0.3 and OHTO Needle Point 0.7. Fine & Micro Points
            are my favorites and I’m always searching for the “perfect” pen. I have about 600 pens in my collection of which 500 + are “throwaways” based
            on cost and 100 are “keepers” based on cost. The best are usually the
            throwaways.

      1. Tyler

        Hey, thanks for the response. And yes, I have a couple of go-to pens.

        Either the Jetstream or the EnerGel needle point are what I use daily; I love how smooth they write. For small print note-taking, I use the Hi-Tec-C.

        I love trying out new pens!

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