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Quick Facts:
Pen Type Rollerball pen
Point Size(s) Extra Fine (estimated 0.5mm), Bold
Water-resistant Yes
Ink Color 3 – Black, Blue, Red
Capped/Retractable Capped
Clip Yes
Approx Price $3 each
Review:

Pilot Precise Deluxe is an “old” pen. I had it around the house. It was my favorite pen a few years back before I discovered Uni-ball Vision Elite. Pilot discontinued all but the red pen in this series.

The pen has a pastel body that matches its ink. The grip of the pen is visible even with the cap on. As consequence, the cap is much shorter and has a cute stubby look to it. Because of lack of surface area, it could be difficult to remove the cap sometimes. Perhaps they could add some rubbery material there to improve the grip.
The clip extends beyond the cap (which looks different in a good/interesting way).

The grip of the pen is pretty good. It is made out of a good rubbery material and has hatching (perpendicular to the barrel) to improve the grip. The only problem might be that the grip is only 2.2cm long. The grip is also a bit thicker than the body of the pen, so there is a noticeable difference. If you prefer to hold the pen at a higher location, you are out-of-luck. I usually do like holding the pen where the grip is. However, if my palm starts to sweat, I tend to prefer hold a pen higher (to give more room for air in the palm region).

The ink flow is mostly consistent. It might bleed just a bit on more absorbent paper. I have to estimate the point size to around 0.5mm.

Unique great stubby look, comfortable but short grip, decent ink flow make this a once-good pen.

Rating: 15/20
Nib/Ink flow 3/5 (decent flow)
Grip/ Balance/Weight 3/5 (good but short grip)
Design/Looks 4/5

  • honest (nothing is hidden, not even the grip),
  • not timid (the ink color is shown on the entire pen instead of just the tips),
  • unpretentious (instead of darkening the body to look professional, it lighten up with pastel), and
  • straight-forward (the name is simply printed in large font on the pen in black and white).
  • I don’t like the font used for “Deluxe”.
Construction 5/5 (well made)
Official Site:

http://www.pilotpen-store.com/product_detail.asp?T1=PIL%20PX-5%20RED

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