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Competent but underwhelming
September 24, 2018
If you want to feel like a medieval chronicler, scratching away slowly in order to make sure your strokes don’t look thin ore sloppy, then this is the pen for you. However if your are looking for a smooth writing experience, keep looking.
Now let me be clear, these are not bad pens; they just aren't particularly enjoyable to use. The tip scratches and digs into the paper, resulting in a scraping feeling; this can not be avoided, as in order to get the right amount of ink, you must press harder than when using ballpoint or gel pens.
When it works your strokes will be bold and deeper than ballpoints, but this requires a slow and steady stroke. Writing quickly results in what is tantamount to chicken scratch. For smooth lines you’ll need to be methodical and deliberate.
So far I haven't experienced any leaking or excessive ink blotting; the delivery seams to be quite good. The ink dries/soaks into the paper rapidly, and I haven't encountered any smudging. Finally, if bleeding through the page is a worry, you need not fret; while using thin paper, the visible bleed through is exceptionally minimal.
While the Pilot Precise V5 is certainly better than the pens I was using, it is unfortunately not the smooth experience I was looking for. For Just over five dollars for two pens, I was expecting better. I most certainly can see this product appealing to others though; so while it isn’t for me, it may be for you.
-bold deep lines
-quick dry ink/no smudging
-page bleed is minimal
-product materials are adequate
-writing is scratchy and rough (not smooth)
-must write slowly for best results
-not very comfortable in the hand
-a bit overpriced for what you get
-aesthetic design is simplistic (subjective)