Tuesday, June 26, 2007

uni-ball 207 Premier: Seriously, Go Buy This Pen.

I'm a pen whore.

I know that by posting about a pen, I'm taking a risk in outing myself as a real geek. But then I realized, I'm practicing patent law in a few months, so I'm not fooling anybody at this point.

I've managed to keep my pen addiction to a minimum for the last 7 years. I don't lose my pens very often, so I've been able to use the same core set of pens since high school. And because I have used a laptop to take my notes, I haven't felt the need to take too many notes by hand.

But during my preparation for the CA Bar Exam, I find myself having to handwrite a lot of notes. So when I finished my last exam, I treated myself to a minor shopping spree at Office Depot. I found a decent Cross ballpoint pen, and on my way out of the aisle I took a risk and picked up uni-ball's 207 Premier, priced at a mere $4.50. I didn't have the highest hopes, but what the hell.

Seriously, go buy this pen.

The medium (0.7mm) ink throws out an ample amount of gel ink, which is acid-free, and fade- and water-resistant. I did try a bold (1.0mm) refill and I don't recommend it unless you're about to sign the Declaration of Independence; and even then someone else is likely to ask who the jerk is that used that really inky pen.



This pen is on the light side, but remains well balanced. Unlike these uber expensive pens that are always top heavy, a little blurry, and therefore more difficult to control, the 207 Premier is even-keeled, sharp, and agile. It has a decent squishy grip that is contoured, but the pen overall doesn't suffer from that pandemic "Dr. Grip"-bloat. This isn't the size of a magic marker.

This pen isn't flashy, but its a joy to write with.

16 comments:

Willie said...

I don't know what's worse, you writing a review of a pen, or me reading a review of a pen.

A.H. Rajani said...

probably you reading it.

Anonymous said...

I also appreciate a good pen. And I really like that 207 series. Haven't tried the Premier, but I really like the basic 207. It's funny because it came out after Catch Me If You Can and they actually got the real-life forger from that movie to make it his "official" pen. The big selling point was that it wouldn't wash out, so dishonest jerks like him couldn't wash your checks. I just like it because it is so darn smooth.

ps: good luck with that bar exam.

Anonymous said...

Thanks A H
We have seen the pen addvertized and I was wondering where to buy it.
Again, good luck on the exam.
Ken

A.H. Rajani said...

i've been able to find the pen at office depot, office max, and staples. i'm sure you could also find it at various online retailers for a little cheaper as well.

Anonymous said...

GREAT..... Now I wondering about my state of mind. I have been seeing comercials about this pen, so I decited to do the "Google" search. I found the pen... then you... I now I have to find the pen. I will make the trip to the office supply, in hopes of finding all the really colors, just to pick one out.... hopefully in the purple barrel, or blue... pinks kinda cool too. Is this an illness?

Sam Louis Obispo said...

Your sunny overconfidence begs for a crushing workplace humiliation. So enjoy your pen while you can.

Apollo said...

I agree with you on the Uni-ball 207 Premier. Wonderful pen!!! Over the years I've used a bunch of pens from cheap ballpoints to expensive fountain pens and as far as inexpensive gel ink pens go, I thought it couldn't better than the legendary Pilot G2 and it's chunkier sibling the Dr. Grip gel pen. Well,that was until I discovered the Uni-ball 207 Premier. It's design is spot on when it comes to both looks and practicality. It's feels far better in the hand than the Pilot Dr. Grip (in my opinion) and it writes nicer too.

Anonymous said...

Hey, i got this pen today. The ink quality is mutch greater then i had anticipated, i expected it to be like those cheap little bics that the masses use, but its nearly the same as my rollerballs! Im currently useing the pilot V7 or is it V5, and the waterman expert II rollerball. The 207 has less smooth writeing, but it is extreamly comfortable and doesnt require a cap.My waterman isnt portable, i have to keep it in its case when im not useing it, i would just HATE loseing it.And it has a horrible grip on it, its a bloody nice pen, but it makes my index finger wrinkel up, become dented and hurt! Its perfect for shortterm writeing, but im writeing my exam next week and i need something comfortable to write with! and at only $10 its worth it.

A.H. Rajani said...

the day before i started working at my firm, i went to office max and picked up five of these pens. they make handwriting a joy -- especially compared to the pens they have here in the storage room.

Anonymous said...

You can buy the Uni-Ball Signo 207 at Wal-Mart and Target for about $6 a 4-pack. They have other Uni-Ball models as well. My husband absolutely LOVES the 207! He writes so fast that other pens leave blank spots and he has to go back over his writing. Buying him the Uni-Ball pens is one small way I can make his stressful job a tiny bit easier!

Anonymous said...

I've been using the silver 207 premier for a few months now and absolutely love it. One of the best pens I've ever used. I'm going to buy a couple more of them just to have handy, they are that good.
Glad you posted this and good luck on the BAR exam.

Anonymous said...

I love the Uniball 207, we buy them imprinted as gifts with our company logo and everyone loves them. If you get them imprinted I have shopped EVERYWHERE for the best price and found them here:
http://www.penimprint.com/Uniball-Pens.aspx

Their Prices include your logo imprinted on them and Free shipping. I also like the Uni-ball Vision Elite Pen, great for signing checks.

Anonymous said...

The Uni Ball Signo 207 is one of my favorite pens! I love the grip on them. I use them all the time. I found these online for $5.00 each!

http://www.buythecasesales.com/search.aspx?find=207+Premier

Anonymous said...

I'm taking the time to write a review on a pen because Uni-ball is, undoubtedly, the best brand I've ever used in my entire life. Yes, we live in a world where university students, like myself, can take notes with their laptops, but I have a penchant for using a quality pen that writes smoothly and won't explode. My favorite pen is Uni-ball 207 medium point .07mm, due to it's attractive metal tip design, and very comfortable grip. Other than the aesthetics of the pen, the ink flows smoothly, and never coagulates at the tip, like other inexpensive gel pens I've used in the past!! Of course, I always purchase retractable pens to avoid losing the tips. I exclusively use Uni-ball 207 for my writing!

Todd Winnick said...

I have been using this pen for years now and just bought some more. As a nurse I do a fair amount of writing, though less now that we use electronic medical records. I'm a lefty and I avoided gel pens for a long time because they would smear. The oem ink is really quick drying and it's never been an issue. Beware, however that the uniball ink refills aren't the same ink and do smear. The refills I use are Pentel Energel.