Pentel EnerGel Multi-function Pen Review


Pentel EnerGel Multi-function Pen

The Pentel EnerGel Multi-function pen features two 0.5mm liquid gel ink refills, one black one red, as well as a 0.5mm pencil and an eraser at the top of the cap.

Pentel EnerGel Multi-function Pen

I am a big fan of EnerGel ink as writes similar to a rollerball but dries as fast as a traditional gel pen.  The EnerGel is thinner than most of the similarly priced multi-function pens and as a result feels more comfortable in my hand.

Pentel EnerGel Multi-function Pen


Red refill deployed as indicated on the barrel.
Red refill deployed as indicated on the barrel.

To deploy the different pen and pencil points you simply twist the cap to the indicate positions on the barrel.  It’s not a smooth action and to me it feels pretty unpleasant.  Also it can be a bit confusing to switch points.  You have to remember that the red is the middle point.  For instance if you were to switch from the black EnerGel refill to the pencil you have to pass over red; if try you to simply go from black to the pencil you will unscrew the barrel.

Pentel EnerGel Multi-function Pen

The design of the this pen is a real pig’s breakfast.  I am not sure what they were thinking of but it looks terrible.  There are so many non-related design elements to this pen that I will just let the pictures do the talking.

Pentel EnerGel Multi-function Pen

I purchased this pen on my recent trip to Japan at its retail price of 500 Yen (about $5 USD).  I like the EnerGel refills and the pencil works quite well but with the unpleasant twist mechanism and hideous design I don’t think it’s a winner.

Pentel EnerGel Euro Liquid Gel Pen 0.5mm Blue – Reivew

Pentel Energel

The Pentel EnerGel Euro uses a liquid gel ink that writes very smoothly and dries quickly.  The line is crisp and a true 0.5mm.  The pen has a blue almost metallic-looking body made of partially recycled plastic.  The body has a lot writing on it as well as a bar code which make the pen ugly and generic looking.  The latex free grip is quite comfortable and I like translucent blue plastic between the grip and the metal tip; it has these unusual faceted points.  The cap also snaps onto the body when posted which is a feature I love.

Pentel EnerGel

The EnerGel Euro comes in black, blue, and red as well as four tip sizes 0.35mm, 0.5mm, 0.7mm and 1.0mm.  The EnerGel Euro costs $2.75 and is not refillable.  This is an excellent pen and if you don’t mind the generic looks I highly recommend it.

Here are some great reviews of the Pentel EnerGel Euro:


No Pen Intended – Pentel EnerGel Euro Needle-Point Gel Ink Pen – 0.35 mm – Black

Office Supply Geek – Pentel EnerGel Euro Needle-Point Gel Ink Pen

The Pen Addict – Review: Pentel EnerGel Euro Needle-Point Gel Ink Pen 0.35mm Blue

A Penchant for Paper – Pentel EnerGel Euro 0.35mm Black

Gourmet Pens – Review: Pentel EnerGel Euro Black 0.5 mm Needle Point