The last red editing pen…for the holidays… The UNI-BALL Signo bit 0.18 mm. This is the smallest point I’ve ever written with. Granted, I just got it this weekend for Christmas and haven’t had a whole lot of time with it. This is will be mainly major impressions. Purchased from JetPens.com.
Next week or so, I’m planning a “side by side” of the three red editing pen sizes I’ve been using to see which measures up…
But for today… The Uniball Signo Bit 0.18 is a solid pen, but it’s short for me. It’s a touch over 5.25″ capped and not quite 5.5″ with the cap posted. That makes it just on the short side of comfortable for me. I like a longer barrel on pens – as well as pencils.
The design is okay. It’s a tapered pen. The tail is much narrower than the grip, which is fine by me. The cap posts securely. The nib size is easy to read on the cap, and there’s plenty of color coordination between ink and barrel so you’ll never be confused by what color the pen is.
The grip is part ribbed, part soft rubber so it feels different, but comfortable. The needle point is solid metal, there’s no sense of bending with it if you tend to write hard, like I do. The ink is rich for being thin, but being so fine a point, there is more skipping and retracing I’ve had to do on mark outs than with the 0.25mm pens.
Overall it’s an Okay pen…it’s not bad. It’s not earth-shattering. If you’re working in a tiny space – like editing single-spaced stuff, this is good. If you have smaller hands than me, or don’t mind the barrel not going far past thumb webbing, you’ll like this pen. I’m going to be giving it some further tests in the next week or so, see if it grows on me more.