Pentel Oh! Gel Rollerball – K497

What a strange name for a pen. Music comes to mind more than writing looking at this rollerball.

When it comes down to performance the Pentel Oh! Gel Rollerball does have a constant ink flow. As I write it doesn’t skip, the blue ink (also available in black & red) is sharp & crisp. The rubber grip which incidentally is latex free was a little disappointing. IMO it was lacking in the soft squishy feel of many such grips, hence I didn’t find it particularly comfortable to hold.

Pentel Oh Gel

The clip is very sturdy with a tight fit that keeps it close to the barrel. This did make it a little difficult trying to clip it to a notepad. Mine was a cheap everyday scribble pad so it didn’t matter that it tore a couple of pages, however if I’d had the same problem with a journal or desk diary I wouldn’t have been best pleased!

The appearance of this Pentel is not too bad, the black & grey hexagonal pattern on the barrel does get a second look & the chrome coloured pocket clip is sleek. The things that spoil it for me are the blue band separating the barrel from the grip section & the push button (also blue), had the entire pen been black it would look more expensive. I do appreciate that this is colour coded with the ink.

All in all taking everything into account, the writing experience was good. The Acid free permanent gel ink did lay down a neat line from the 0.7mm tip.  As I’ve said the pocket clip is robust, add to that the co-operative retractable mechanism & fact that this rollerball can be refilled there are more positives than negatives to write about.

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Peter Warrior: Pen & Pencil Expert

With nearly a decade of experience in the pen industry, I successfully ran an online pen business for 9 years. My deep-rooted passion for pens and pencils led me to become a part-time blogger, where I've dedicated myself to sharing the wealth of knowledge I've amassed over the years. I'm a firm believer in the power of the written word, as echoed by Malcolm Forbes: "Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will." My expertise is not just rooted in business, but in the genuine appreciation and understanding of the art of writing instruments.

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