Top critical review
Outdone by Free, Govt-issued, Skilcraft Pen
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2017
Bought these because the original needle point in my Pentel pen was awesome. I'm left-handed so this ink dried almost immediately...NO SMEARS as I continued to write. The needle point would write smoothly until ink was all gone. I always retract the point so as to not chance it to leak onto my shirt. Afterall, it does say to retract when not in use. Now for the "ugly"....as shown in the picture provided: In no particular order are the refills used in a 5 month span. 4 out of the 12 flowed completely out as designed until it began to skip and scratch. As for the other 8 refills, they began to act up before they got permission to retire. They initially wrote great when freshly pulled from their individually wrapped plastic and their small rubber ball removed from the needle tip but started to skip and scratch as if they were running out of ink after a week or so. Upon replacement, I stored the refills right side up to eliminate the possibility of it doing that during storage in my locker laying flat. Tried them again and they still skipped and scratched. Removed them, stored them down side up. Tried them again and they still skipped and scratched. I used 3 different pens...a Pentel and 2 other Uni-Ball pens. So, my opinion is: the ink is good for leftys, the feeding mechanism is a "hit or miss" design with (for me) a 33% success rate. The sad part is....ONE free, government issued, "silver band" black Skilcraft ball point pen (in picture) always came to the rescue when the refills acted up. That same ONE pen lasted throughtout the 5 month span with smooth writing!!! So, 40% (2-stars) rating for this product. Will continue to use the FREE ball points.