Pen Collection: Pentel Wow! Gel Pens

Every so often my sister and I pick up a pack of pens for sale at Home Depot because we are (obviously!) pen people. These were one of those impulse buys, chosen because we liked the variety of color.

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The jury's still out on how they write. They tend to catch and flow inconsistently, all except for the green ink. I plan to use these more to find out if they just need to be used more to get the ink flowing, but thus far I'm more apt to grab another ball point over these ones.

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One strange feature of the pens is how you retract the ink back into the pen. You push the top, much like a click-top pen, but in order for it to retract you literally have to push and slide the button the side that says "push," instead of automatically clicking it for it to retract. It's not inconvenient, it's just odd, as I've never seen this before--it's so easy to click the top to start writing, but you have to stop and put some effort into retracting it.

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I tested the bleed through on two types of paper.
The first is the Loose Life filler paper I have always enjoyed writing on and is a bit thin. This particular pack of paper is vintage and I have not yet purchased a new pack to compare the paper quality.
The second is your standard computer printer paper (which is the white to the right of the photo) and is a bit thicker.

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Front View: A close up of the inconsistant ink flow

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Back View: Because these are ball point pens, there is very little ghosting on the thin binder paper and none on the computer paper. 

Has anyone else owned these and had the same ink flow issue?

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