Ask The Desk: Multi-Pens

Ashley asked:
where do you order your multi pens from? and is there a brand that you like better/has more options. I am wanting to use it with my filofax and i noticed your post about your personal filofax and the multi pen you use.
All my multi-pens have come from Jet Pens. I particularly like the build-you-own options like the Uni Style Fit, the Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto, the Zebra Prefill and the Pentel i+ series. Each multi-pen features the brand’s signature gel pen options as well as the option to add a mechanical pencil. The Uni Style Fit uses the same awesome inks that are found in the Signo line. Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto pens use the Hi-Tec C line. Zebra uses the Sarasa inks. Pentel’s multi-pen is unique in that it allows you to use Sliccie refills, Energel or Vicuna refills and a mechanical pencil option.

Side-by-side Zebra Sarasa and UniBall Style Fit

 Each of these brands have pen bodies that start around $3 (and go up) and most hold at least three refills and some up to five refills. Most of these pen bodies are plastic though some have higher end pen bodies in metal.
For a more durable option, you might want to consider the Sharbo-X which has a full metal body and takes Zebra gel, emulsion ballpoint, standard ballpoint and mechanical pencil refills.
Sharbo X meets Kaweco Skyline Mint

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  1. I bought a pack of 3 Bic multi pens on your advice, and they might be the best thing I’ve ever bought. They’re a little tight in my pen loops, but they’re not going anywhere as a result, and I’ve got one in each of my organisers and one loose in my pencil case. I’ve not got a colour coding system sorted yet, but for taking notes with academic referencing details they’re amazing. No more writing the reference on a post it or taking up extra space, I can just shove it in in another colour and carry on without having to change pen.

  2. I don’t know what it is (I have owned Sharbo’s for such a long time) but this past November I got the Fine Sharbo X and thought I had the right mechanical component. Well, apparently not.

    Which one do you have on your Mint Sharbo? (I tried the .3 and the .5 I had for all my others. So not sure what’s going on)

    Thank You for all your help.

      1. I’m pretty sure its the 0.5mm and I didn’t have any issues installing it. All three sizes (0.3, 0.5 and 0.7) are listed as Sharbo-X compatible on Jet Pens so its really a personal preference.

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