Review: Pentel Energel Deluxe RTX, Gel Ink, 0.3mm

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I’ve always liked Pentel Energel pens. In fact, red-ink Energels are my go-to red pen at work for their sturdy clip, minimal smear, and comfortable grip.  However, this is the first time I’ve used the extra-fine 0.3mm Deluxe RTX version, and I’m happy to say that my high regards for the Energel have not been let down.

For most people, the Pilot G-2 0.38mm is the gateway to extra-fine-tipped pens, and, while it’s a decent pen, a lot of people are turned off by its scratchiness (or the feeling like the tip of the pen is literally going to tear through the paper). The Energel Deluxe RTX, with its smoother writing experience, does a much better job of avoiding this problem. And it’s a good pen overall, really: it doesn’t bleed, doesn’t skip, and draws consistent lines.

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This Energel even beats out my previous favorite extra-fine-point pen, the 0.28mm uni-ball Signo RT1. While I love the stealth design of the Signo RT1, the Energel Deluxe RTX edges it out in terms of smoothness and richness of ink, and it has a much more durable design overall. So, if you’re looking for a good extra-fine tipped pen, the 0.3mm Energel Deluxe RTX is definitely the way to go.

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18 thoughts on “Review: Pentel Energel Deluxe RTX, Gel Ink, 0.3mm

  1. Miserable Pentel EnerGel Deluxe RT pens! Every one of them that I have purchased has catastrophically separated into its component parts–after maybe 50 retractions–except one, and have had to be DUCT_TAPED back together (when I’ve been able to find the spring), because they won’t stay together without it. Which kind of defeats the purpose of the “comfort grip”. If I wasn’t slightly addicted to the 0.7mm needle tip and the ease of writing, I’d be using them for target practice!!

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    1. That sucks. All I can say is that I’ve never experienced those problems, and I use these pens all the time. They’re pretty much my favorite gel pen.

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