Pentel Energel Infree is a cheap but high-quality pen that is popular for its wide selection of colors. Here is an in-depth review of its appeal, detailed features, and design.
Basic Features of Pentel Energel Infree
|Length||147mm (5.79 inches)|
|Diameter (Ø)||11mm (0.43 inches)|
|Color Variations||10 colors available|
|Pen Tip||0.4 / 0.5 / 0.7mm|
|Price||JP ¥220 (approx. US $2)|
Refill Color Variation
Refills are available in a total of 10 colors. While typical ballpoint pens are available in black, red, and blue colors. It is an excellent point that they offer such a variety of options.
The pen nib is designed to come out with a knock type. And it has a crystal clear body on top with a rubber grip on the bottom. The body itself is entirely transparent, regardless of the ink color, so that the inside ink color can be seen through it. There are no unnecessary decorations, and the design emphasizes the ink colors.
Incidentally, Energel also has a high-end line Pentel Energel Philography. The heavy brass metal body with a Matte finish looks gorgeous.
The ink is Pentel’s original “Energel Ink”. It is a water-based gel ink that is very smooth to write with.
The nib has a unique shape, with only the pen tip sticking out in a long, thin line. So we can see our handwriting even while we are writing.
Here is a writing test comparing Pentel Energel Infree with several other companies’ ballpoint pens on LIFE Noble Notebook paper.
The writing is indeed very smooth, and the nib does not get stuck while writing. The color is also quite good, and each letter is vibrant and easy to read. However, the pen tip with a thickness of 0.4mm is a little less smooth. So if you are looking for a comfortable writing experience, I would recommend 0.5 or 0.7mm thickness.
According to Pentel, Energel Ink dries very quickly even though it is gel ink. But compared to the other oil-based ballpoint pens, we will notice a little bit of smudge when we touch the ink right after writing.
Things I Noticed
Durability of Grip
The grip part gets dirty quickly and is not suitable for long-term use. However, the price is about $2 per unit. So I think the quality is worth the price.
To ensure a smooth writing experience, the ink output is quite a lot. In other words, the ink consumption is relatively high. This is probably why the refills are thicker than the ordinary ballpoint pen refills.
The Pentel Energel Infree is also compatible with some other companies’ ballpoint pens made in Japan. We can replace it with the refill of our choice if the size fits. After a quick test, I found that Uni JETSTREAM and Zebra SARARA dry refills fit perfectly.
Where Can We Get Pentel Energel Infree?
I have picked out a few online stores below that sell Pentel Energel Infree with international shipping.
As far as I can tell, Amazon.com doesn’t sell the product per uni but rather in sets of five. On the other hand, Amazon Japan offers Pentel Energel Infree individually at a price even lower than the regular price. See below for instructions on how to order via Amazon Japan using Amazon Global services
Pentel Energel Infree is a gel ink ballpoint pen with a crystal clear body and vibrant & colorful ink. We can write very smoothly with it, and it is definitely worth trying. But as it is reasonably priced, it doesn’t have enough durability for long-term use. But you may buy refills in various colors and use them according to your mood.