Pilot G-2 gel pens

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[edit] Usage

  • I love the G2 pens, except that I noticed that they work erratically in the pressurized cabin of an aircraft (although I'm basing this on two flights -- maybe this was a fluke). -- Author:Spacehaven
  • I have started using them and they work very well when sitting at a desk and writing on a hard surface. I use a Moleskine Cahier Notebook and a G2 Pen with me in the gym to record my exercises and weights. When holding the Cahier and trying to write while standing up waiting for my partner to finish lifting, the pen seems to skip a bit. I guess I'm going to have to carry my space pen with me all the time :) I do like carrying the Pilot G2 because it's a click pen and I won't lose the cap in my gym bag or the like. -- Author:Otherdave
    • I like my Pilot G2, it writes nicely without leaking on difficult ground. It could dry faster though, especially on Moleskines where it smears if you don't wait long enough. -- User:StephanSchmidt
  • I've been trying out the 0.5mm version of the G2 recently, and it has just about converted me from my Uniball habit. However, I got into another habit years ago of clipping a pen into the neck of my T-shirt so I always have one at the ready. With the Uniballs, the clip on their caps is attached near the very top, leaving little above the neckline of the shirt. With the G2s, the clip is a comparatively long ways from the top, particularly with the clicker unclicked; this tends to poke into my neck a bit. Yet this is a quibble, really. The 0.5 writes well, and I like the ink once it has dried. My experience has been that it behooves me to wait just a moment before turning the page and to not drag my hand too much while writing. --RobertDaeley 12:18, 28 Mar 2005 (EST)
  • I'm a G2 fiend. I have them in all the colors Pilot ever manufacturered, and I try to get the ones that are only available in Japan. Those who thing the 05 is still to thick, consider getting the 0.38 extra fine point. You may need to search the Web but there are a couple of places that resell. In addition, Pilot US recently started selling the Pilot G2 Limited. It's a metal-barred version that's a tad longer and a tad thicker than the regular G2. It's also heavier, so if the regular one feels too light, definitely give the Limited a try (not to be confused with their other Limited models like the Dr. Grip or G7). They are now available online (you'll need to do a search) but regular office supply stores should probably get them in stock in the next few months. Teni 15:40, 11 December 2007 (EST)

[edit] Refills

  • Refills run around $2 USD for two.
    • Surprisingly, they can be used to refill Mont Blanc rollerball pens (the officially sanctioned refills are quite costly, and run out relatively fast). Simulate the screwing, so the tip fits snugly. Thus one can get great writing performance with a fancy casing! (However, the tip feels somewhat "snubby" due to its recession inwards.) --gochess \ But also consider these alternatives:
      • Fit is practically perfect with Waterman rollerball pens (at about one-fourth the cost). [Best overall fit with stylish casing. --gochess Lab recommendation]
      • Modification is needed for Parker rollerball pens. Remove the black extender, which fills space, from the end of a Parker refill, and saw that in half for use with a G-2 refill. Ink flow is much smoother. --gochess Lab
      • Forget about use with Lamy rollerball pens.
    • Check out [alt.collecting.pens-pencils] on Usenet to see which fancy pens are compatiable with G-2 refills. --GH 11 Apr 05
  • Can also use Mont Blanc refills ($13 USD) in G2 pens with a slight modification: http://www.instructables.com/id/EWAMSPFFCKEP2871N2/?ALLSTEPS

[edit] Alternatives

  • I'm a huge fan of the Pilot P-500 pens, instead of the G-2. They use the same terrific gel ink that looks and feels great in a Moleskine. The difference? The P-500 has a tiny 0.5mm needle point that works better for my extremely tiny handwriting. -- Author:Brian_Landers
  • Another alternative is the mini-sized version called the Pixie, which is about 3 inches long and costs about 2 Euros --jeremyrh
  • I compared the Pilot G2 .05 with the Uniball signo RT Gel .38. I found the uniball far superior in terms of writing and drying time. I thought that the G2 .05 dries to slow and is too thick. -Vangogh 57
  • This series of Flickr photos follows an ink test. We tested a variety of pens including gel rollerballs, Pilot G2s, Noodler's fountain pen ink, and even a sharpie. We concluded that Sakura Gelly Rolls and Noodler's Ink are the most permanent of this set.
  • The Zebra Sarasa is far less expensive and virtually identical to the G2. I made the switch years ago, and have never had a complaint. - agw

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