uni-ball® Jetstream™ 101 Rollerball
With sexy ad copy such as, “Smooth like gel ink, but quick drying like the ink from a ballpoint” the little-bit-country-little-bit-rock-and-roll uni-ball® Jetstream™ 101 Rollerball is like the Parker Lewis of the pen universe; it just can’t lose. Or can it?
Even before reading about its, ” uni Super Ink™, specially-formulated to become trapped in paper, helping prevent criminal check washing and other document alteration” goodness – does anyone still write checks anymore – I was intrigued by this pen. Certainly more than I’ve been intrigued by any other pen in uni-ball’s roster. That said, I’m not entirely comfortable with the idea of anything I write by hand being, “trapped in paper” it sounds, well, kind of confining. Nevertheless, uni had already gotten my three Washingtons – because you know in these times it’s all about the Washingtons – so I was ready to take the ride as it were.
Aesthetic wise, the pen is quite nice with its all black barrel and color coded grip section. I only purchased the black, but I imagine the blue model announces its ink color quite nicely as well. The pen definitely feels great in the hand and its sturdy, but soft grip should stand up to much interoffice punishment if your Office Coordinator should opt to order them.
Unlike the last uni product I tried, this one wrote immediately out of the blister pack. While I wouldn’t classify the performance as spectacular, it was everything it advertised itself to be and I suppose that should count for something. If it sounds like this pen kind of bored me; it did. When I see the word, “new” splashed across the blister packaging I want razzle dazzle. I want sparkle motion and possibly some ring-a-ding-ding. Maybe I just need to get out more or join the circus, so my pens won’t have so much required of them.
The Bottom Line:
- Write nicely and sears your words to the paper forever ::echo::
- attractive styling
- nice, comfortable grip for hours of crafting doodles during boring meetings
- reasonably priced at $3.50 for a pack of 3.
So have you tried these pens yet? Are you dazzled? Are they going to give your G2s a run for the money?