I tend to think of metallic writing instruments as “hobby” pens, for scrap booking & arts & crafts. These pens are clearly popular as many leading manufacturers produce them. One such pen is the Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip rollerball, which is available in 8 brilliant colours.
For the purpose of this review I am putting a Hybrid Gel Grip in a dazzling shade of green through its paces. The barrel is about 6″ long when capped, being made from a durable translucent plastic it’s easy to keep a check on the ink level. The shiny silver nib housing is covered with a relatively short cap to which a dual tone pocket clip is attached. The top of the clip gives an indication of the ink colour whilst the longer section is embossed with the logo.
The acid free ink omitted from this medium nib writes a 0.4mm line & can also be found in the following stunning colours of red, blue, green, bronze, pink, violet, silver or gold. I was interested to learn that the term hybrid refers to the structure of the ink, in this case water & a binder with wax pigments.
The linear indent detailed grip section is 1.5″ long & aids comfort when writing. The small dents that are sunk into the rubber seem to prevent any slippage no matter how long you write for.
I found this pen was comfortable to hold & the ink flowed well, this wasn’t a surprise & met my expectations from a Japanese company whose products are popular around the globe. Pentel say that the Hybrid Gel Grip rollerball are ideal for both light & dark paper, my guess is that will depend upon the colour of ink that you are using.
I’m not sure that I agree with the statement, it does depend on the way the light catches the page somewhat, but for me using the green pen, the readability factor was diminished greatly on most coloured papers.
You can judge for yourself in my sample below.