It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed any gel pens or standard non-fountain pens so I thought it was about time to delve back into some of the basics. Uni-ball introduced a range of new colors in their much-loved Signo DX line. I went ahead and got all 12 new colors ($34). These new colors are only available in the 0.38 size and not in the smaller 0.28 or the larger 0.5 size. This works out fine for me because the 0.38 size is my favorite.
The Signo DX pens are the traditional capped pen with a silicone grip section with a conical tip. The clip is plastic and not super sturdy but does at as a roll stop.
It seemed appropriate to test these pens on Leuchtturm1917 paper as they seem to be one of the most commonly used notebooks for Bullet Journals and the Signo DX pens seem a great choice for color coding for notes and list making.
Of the colors in the set, the Beige is the least usable. It did not show up at all on the ivory colored paper. I tested it on dark paper and it didn’t show up either. The Yellow was actually quite readable for a yellow but would probably show up better on a brighter white. The Apple Green is a little lighter than I hoped it would be but I like the color. All the other colors: Grey, Dark Grey, Purple, Lilac, Prussian Blue, Blue Green, Khaki, Brown, and Light Pink are all totally usable and wonderful colors. They actually all remind me of some of the best colors from Marvy LePens, especially the Prussian Blue, the greys and the browns. Yeah!
I turned the page over to show any show through which you can see is pretty minimal.
I used a Col-o-ring card to swatch the colors as well to show the colors on true white as well so you could see the Yellow and how pale the Beige is.
So, while I might not recommend getting the full 12-color set, there are some great colors in the set. I love the Prussian Blue, the Blue Green, the Khaki, the Light Pink and the greys — both the light Grey and the Dark Grey. It’s always nice to have some gel pens in your arsenal and its nice to have some fun colors.
- Paper: Leuchtturm1917 100th Anniversary Edition A5 Journal – Silver
- Pens: Uni-Ball Signo DX 0.38 2017 New Colors 12-Color Set
- Swatches: Col-o-Ring Ink Testing Cards