While out and about I stumbled across the Pentel Hybrid Technica 0.5 in black. Its a simple black gel pen in a clear hexagonal plastic case with a color coordinating silicone grip area. In other words, visually, its a very unassuming pen.
On paper though, the pen rolls smoothly and leaves a dark solid line that looks almost like a liquid ink. Its even, dark line did inspire me to want to doodle a bunch so this pen might help entertain me during long meetings.
The packaging labelled the pen as archival, acid-free and bleed-proof. I also discovered its pretty water resistant. So, its quite a useful little pen. Jet Pens stocks it in a candy-colored rainbow of six colors in 0.5 plus black (o.5 and 0.8), white and silver (both in 0.8). At just $2.20 each, its also a pen I wouldn’t mind leaving laying around so I think I might stock up on some of the other colors too.