Given its name and the fact that I found it in a craft store, I get the feeling that the Uchida ‘Reminisce’ is intended for scrapbookers. Though the full name, as far as I can tell, is the Marvy-Uchida Gel Excel Reminisce, and though its acid-free, archival ink could be good for scrapbooking, it can really be used just like any other gel pen. In fact, it has a rubbery, soft grip running the length of the barrel that makes it quite comfortable for general writing.
It’s a nice pen overall, though at $2.50 the cost of the Reminisce is probably on the high-end for its category. The ink flow can sometimes run a bit heavy and skips out on the rare occasion, but it works flawlessly the majority of the time. The cap posts snugly, and the clip is tight and relatively durable for being made of plastic. Additionally, large ink-windows are positioned on the side of the barrel, making it convenient to see when the ink is running low. And in case that isn’t enough, the Reminisce’s packaging also boasts of ink that is “smudge resistant when dry” (though I’m pretty sure that’s true of every pen I’ve ever used).
The Reminisce isn’t the sort of pen I’d suggest bulk-ordering or driving across town to find. Even if you’re looking for a scrapbooking pen, almost any gel will do a similar job, and good ones like the uni-ball Signo and the Pentel Energel are likely easier to find. Still, if you happen across one, I think the Reminisce would be worth grabbing off the shelf. And if you don’t like it for its performance, hopefully you will still appreciate the great curly-cursive logo printed across its barrel.
2 thoughts on “Review: Uchida Reminisce, Gel Ink, 0.7mm”
Hi!! I have been reading your blog and it’s really interesting. Since you are very familiar with so many different pens I’d like to ask you which one do you thing it would be the fastest and most comfortable. I need it to do an exam in which I have to write the most I can in 4 hours, so I need it to be fast and comfortable.
I live in Spain and I have found the Pilot G2. Which model do you think would be better for my pourpose: 1.0mm, 0.7mm,0.5mm or 0.38mm.
If you like the Pilot G2, you might want to check out the Pilot Dr. Grip. It uses the same ink refill as the G2, but it has a thicker, padded barrel that makes it a lot more comfortable.
As for which tip size to use.. that mainly depends on how small your handwriting is. I’d stay away from the 1.0mm, as that’s pretty heavy and smears. The 0.38mm can be a bit scratchy for most, but the 0.5mm is generally pretty good..