New Gel Ink Pens: Pilot Juice, Uni-ball Signo UM-120 & UM-153

Hi! I recently went on a crazy gel ink pen buying spree on JetPens and I thought I’d show you all what I got and what I think about each of the products!


Pilot Juice Pens – Pastel – 6-Colour Set (0.5mm)

I’ve been dying to try Pilot Juice pens for the looooongest time now since I only hear good things about them. Since I already have a ton of gel ink pens, I decided to go for the pastel collection. These pastel pens are great for writing on darker paper kraft paper because they really pop against the background.

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They are very pigmented but they definitely won’t show up well on white paper so just keep that in mind before planning to purchase. The purple is probably the only dark-ish pen of the bunch and it’s definitely my favourite. To me, it’s the second best shade of purple (you will see the first in just a second!)

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Anyhow, I totally get the hype around these pens. They are consistent and smooth writers with excellent ink quality. They are also very lightweight, comfortable to hold, and have a super convenient clipping mechanism on the pen body. One of my friends told me that she likes to clip her hair with her pen when she can’t find a hairpin around. Hey, you might look a little bit weirdl but at least your hair is out of your face, right?


Uni-ball Signo Angelic UM-120AC Gel Ink Pen – Green & Purple (0.7 mm)

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Next up is the Uni Signo! The iconic Uni Signo pens have done it again! I am super impressed with these pens. The colours are vibrant and the tip is very nice and soft. This shade of purple is my favourite out of all the purple pens I have used thus far.

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I only bought two pens because their prices were a little bit steeper than most with $2 a pen and no sets available. I also just wanted to try them out so I only purchased my two favourite colours. I can say I will for sure be purchasing the rest of the colours the next time I order from JetPens. The ink is very pigmented and thick, thus it takes a little longer to dry than usual, which is the only flaw of this pen. I also do wish there were finer tips available but I’m an all tip-size type of gal so I’m not complaining.


Uni-ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen – White Ink

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Last but definitely not the least and perhaps even the best is the Uni Signo UM 153 in white ink. I bought this pen because I wanted to do some mix media with watercolour and I heard it was the best white ink pen around. This is possibly the most opaque white gel ink pen I’ve ever tried and it shows up fully opaque even on black paper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any black paper around to test these pens with, but I did draw some hearts on the back of one of my notebooks for fun lol.

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As you can see above, the Uni-ball Signo pens really do go above and beyond compared the Pilot Juice pens in terms of opaqueness on white paper. Of course, it’s a given that the Pilot Juice pens might not have been designed for this purpose.

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Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen

DSC_2297 copyGuess what I just got in the mail!! My first ever customizable multi pen! Now I’ve known about these pens only for a few months but they’ve been very popular for quite a while now. I decided to go with the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto Multi Pen after reading a bunch of reviews and comparisons.

I purchased a special set consisting of one 4 colour pen body and 4 refills on eBay from the seller wubearwenlin. I found that his/her shop had the best prices for the products I wanted so go take a look if you’re interested! Anyhow, I ordered the lime coloured pen body from the macaron collection and the following refills: black, blue-black, green apple, and cherry pink.

DSC_2320 copy Very sorry for the bad lighting! I totally forgot to show what the pen looks like on paper when I was taking all my pictures so I had to take this one at night with my horribly bright desk lamp.

DSC_2300 copySo far I find the writing really nice. The refills were a little bit scratchy right off the bat but they are now nice and smooth. As for the pen barrel, the quality of the springs are a little bit lacking in my book because of how loose they are. It’s not a big deal but it just feels like I could break this pen if I’m not extra careful with it. I definitely want to purchase a Me or Lumiobarrel in the future for better quality but I’ll have to see how my trip with my first multi pen goes first!