Pentel Slicci 0.3mm Review

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I was really looking forward to raving about another Pentel pen, but was a little disappointed. For those who want an Hi-Tec C alternative, many go for the Pentel Slicci. Available in a huge variety of tip sizes and colors, it would look to be a clear rival. However, in my opinion, this pen really fell short of my expectations. Here are the reasons why:

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I’ve said it many times, and I will say it again: The grip can make or break the writing experience of any pen. If I don’t feel comfortable holding it, you can be sure I won’t be comfortable writing with it. So far, all the Pentel pens I’ve used have had magnificent grips which I really enjoyed. The same can’t be said for the Slicci. The grip is part of the plastic, so you can expect a sharp, digging sensation in your fingers when using it. I get that this is not a pen you put a fancy grip on, but it feels like they completely forgot to factor in user comfort in the design process.

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As you can see in the picture, this pen is THIN. So thin, in fact, that it unconsciously makes me grip twice as hard as I usually do, because combined with the lackluster and painful grip, I constantly have a feeling that it’s going to slip. The feeling is very similar to the one I felt when reviewing the Marvy Le Pen marker, that this pen is better suited for those with thinner hands.

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So far I’ve only highlighted the flaws, so let’s talk about what this pen does right. While being a thin tip, it is definitely more consistent than it’s rival, the Hi-Tec C. It immediately started up out of the box, and I have yet to experience even one hard start. The lines are crisp, and smooth, which results in sharp letters. A word of caution, the tip is sharp, so be careful how much pressure you put on the page, as I have accidentally [engraved?] my words onto the following page by mistake a couple of times. Good thing is, no matter the pressure, the pen will faithfully write, so it’s not too big of a problem.The ink is nice and saturated, it’s fast-drying, and it doesn’t feather even on cheap copy paper. It may be a thin tip, but the ink is also an intrinsic part of what makes this pen good.

Overall, I don’t think I’ll be using this pen often, or ever, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a bad pen. While the flaws I pointed out may be something I personally look for in a pen, it doesn’t mean that everyone else would feel that way. This was just me stating my experience, and I can guarantee it won’t be the same for everyone. I would definitely recommend that you give it a try to see whether it suits your taste.

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