Uni Live Pigment Sign Pen XF Black Review

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The Uni Live Pigment Sign Pen is a decent porous tip pen with a simple black plastic body and a metal clip on the cap.  The pen puts down a nice bold black line, darker than that of the Stabilo Sensor I reviewed yesterday.  This pen writes relatively smooth but does not glide across the paper as easily as other porous tip pens like the Staedtler Triplus fineliner (review to come) and the Stabilo mentioned earlier. At $1.65 this pen is affordable but only comes in black, blue and red.   I like the Uni Live but I don’t think it is a pen I will be rushing out to buy more of them any time soon.

Here is a great review of the Uni Live Sign Pen:

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The Pen Addict – Uni Sign Pen Review

Stabilo Sensor Fineliner 0.3mm Black Review

I want to start off this post by saying that I love fineliners.  Fountain pens are my favorite but fineliners are a close second for their lovely feel, portability, and ease of use.  Now on to the review:

The Stabilo Sensor features a micro-cushioning “sensor” technology that is supposed to make long writing sessions more comfortable.  The fineliner tip retracts into the metal casing when pressure is applied. For me it feels a bit weird.  The pen feels bouncy on the paper and I don’t feel quite as in control as I do with other fineliners.  The tip is smooth and glides along the paper nicely. I am not really sure I care for the looks of this pen.  The “aluminum look” doesn’t look back but I don’t care for all of the big bold branding; to me it doesn’t have a professional look, it looks like a marker.  The Sensor comes in black, blue, red, and green.  For $1.60 this isn’t a bad pen but I can’t say I will be rushing out to buy another one.

Stabilo Sensor Review
The pros:

  • The tip being cased in metal is durable and works well with a ruler
  • No ink bleed on to the paper

The cons:

  • The black isn’t as dark as other fineliners like the Ohto Graphic Liner (review to come)
  • Ink is non-archival
  • Springy tip feels odd

Here are some great reviews of the Stabilo Sensor:

(I have no affiliation with any of the sites below)

The Pen Addict – Stabilo Sensor Review

Office Supply Geek – Stabilo Sensor Review

Tiger Pens – Stabilo Sensor Review