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6.08.2009

White Signo Uniball Gel Pen


{Reported by Ashley Harris}White gel pens. We all want them, we all want to use them on our projects. Most importantly we want one that works! I have searched high and low for that one good one. I started with the Sharpie Poster Paint Pen. Well that was a bust. It kept spattering paint all over my projects and it got me really frustrated. Then I tried the Gelly Roll pen. The worst one yet. It kept bleeding or seeping into my paper so I didn’t even see the white ink at all. So when someone told me about the Signo Uniball pen I was pretty skeptical. But I gave it a shot. Here is what I encountered when using this product.

I found that I have to “warm” the pen up by writing on a scrap paper just to get the juices flowing or ink in this case. Once I do that I make sure I know where I want to write and what I want to write so as to not make any unnecessary mistakes.

I found that it goes on smoothly. You may have to run it back and forth a few times to get coverage on textured surfaces, but it seems to take the surface difference just fine.

Here are my projects made with this item:


Supplies used: Signo Uniball White Pen, Bazzill Basics cardstock Snow, American Crafts A La Mode butterscotch, Prima Flowers, misc button.




Supplies used: Signo Uniball White Pen, Bazzill Basics Cardstock Snow, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday pp, Melissa Frances French Twist, Making Memories alpha stickers, Making Memories chipboard letters, misc paint, button and pearl.



What I liked:
• Good coverage, doesn’t seep into paper
• Doesn’t splatter.
• Works well on smooth AND textured surfaces.

What I didn’t like:
• You have to go over your work sometimes.
• You need to warm up the pen by doodling a little first.


Overall, I like this pen. It is the best I have found so far and I would recommend it. It does the job nicely. I know a lot of the other team members like the Inkabilities White pen by Ranger Ink so we will review that one and compare the two sometime this month.


Where and How Much:
Product: Uniball
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Pencil Co
MSRP: $6.00
JetPens.com
*, scrapbook.com, cutting-mats.net
Rating out of 5: 4


What do you think?

Do you have luck with white pens or are they always skipping on you? Feel like you have the perfect fine-tipped white pen? Let us know!


29 comments:

Tanis said...

I didn't have any luck with my Signo from day one.
It doesn't flow, stops in the middle of my line more often than not.
I really like my Sharpie paint pen, but I only have the fine tipped one.
I'd love to give the extra fine one a try...haven't found one yet though!!

mustangkayla said...

I LOVE my Signo pen and never have had an issue with it or had to go back over something I had written.

Erika M. said...

I haven't tried this particular pen - I always have trouble with pens because I think I bear down to hard. Your reveiw was very informative.

Theresa said...

I have this pen and love it. I have tried several others, and they just don't stand up when compared to the Signo. I highly recommend this one.

Holly said...

Out of the sharpie, the ranger pen, and this one, the signo is my favorite. The one other problem it can have is ink can build up around the ball and you have to wipe it off every so often when you're writing. But it is definitely the clearest, sharpest white I've found.

Erica Hettwer said...

I love the Signo! The Ranger pen is much less opaque and I've never been able to get the paint pens to work for me and believe me I've tried.

I do have an interesting little tidbit of info about the Signo. On Bazzill, the Signo is white. On Stampin' Up! and and DCWV cardstock it can turn a cream color especially when used on the darker colors of cardstock.

Rhayne said...

This is the white pen I've used for quite awhile now and I really like it. I've tried many others and this one is the most consistent. One problem I've run into is that it's a bit more like white-out then traditional ink. This results in the tip building up a glob of dried ink. If you're doing a lot of writing, you'll just need to wipe your tip clean from time to time. OMG, Holly read my mind! It's what I get for taking so long to type out my comment :o)

marisa said...

I have several of the Signo pens because for some reason I have a hard time using them consistently. I also have to run over my lines again and warm up the pen. I can't use it on textured very well but it is smooth once you get going.

NanaBeth said...

I am still in love with my white Sharpie. Since I found out they were going to be discontinued-I stocked up. At which point I put them somewhere "special" and now can't find them. I got the silver and gold also-I think they're wonderful-when I find them!

Vicki said...

Have a great white pen would be awesome. So far this one is the best I have found but still not perfect. I don't like having to go over my work. Would like to see the review on the other pen that the others like. Thanks for the review.

Heather said...

I have the Gelly Roll pen in white and I find it works good on smooth heavy weight cardstock but not much else. I use my Pen-Touch paint marker for most projects but if I can find the Uniball one I'll try it. You can never have enough white pens.

joscelyne cutchens said...

another tip about the signo, warm it up by putting it in your pocket (or next to your skin) for a minute or so before using it. rolls out smoothly. and I agree with erica, it does change color on dark colored SU cardstock.

Kelli said...

hate white pens, includin uniball -- seems I find a white pen I simply love but without fail the next time I go to use it. . . all dried up, no ink coming out. Not willing to buy one everytime I need it, so just decided white ink isn't really an option. Eager to read all the notes here to see how others are fairing.

Brenda said...

This is the only white gel pens I will buy! I love them.... the nice thing about them is that they don't dry up two weeks after you buy and start using them. I have had the same pen for a year now and it still works.

Yes you do have to "warm" them up but that is better than getting out a relatively new pen and have it not work at all.

This pen is tops with me!

Vicki said...

Have just recently bought this Signo pen and it works the best out of all the others I had previously bought. I have the broad tip which is fabulous.

Cassi said...

I got the Ranger Inkssentials white pen first and wasn't impressed with it, I found flow was a problem. Then I picked up the Signo and I liked it much better, but it still wasn't consistent on flow. Just this week I got the American Crafts White Gel Pen from Studio Calico and it is by far THE BEST white gel pen I've used. It's also a bargain at $1.49.

Jodee said...

I really like the Signo pen! It works awesome for me and I really have no complaints. I store my pens horizontally and don't usually have any trouble with the ink not being there at the start.

topkatnz said...

I have a white Signo pen and I don't like having to go over my work either ... so I then bought a HYBRID gel Grip pen, as I had had good experience with this previously ... it is PERFECT, and I never had any of the problems mentioned with the last, so not expecting any this time round either.

Tricia said...

This is the white pen I use and I have no complaints. Works just fine for me every time and I've had it for a couple of years.

ms.cheryl said...

I just bought a new one because i've just about used my other one up. Glad to get the tip about holding it to your skin before use... that's what brs's are for. LOVE IT, ms.cheryl

Paul, Kim and Luke said...

I have this pen and love it - do agree on the downsides though but then...nothing is ever perfect!!! LOL

Benga said...

I'm using it and loving it so far. I even like it better than tim holtz white pen which is much more expensive.
this is a great pen and great value for money!

Shaun said...

My favorite white pen is Sakura's Souffle pens. The white is awesome and so is the gel pen.

Paulette said...

I love this pen. You can write on acrylic with it & you can't do that with the inkabilities pen!

Beth said...

I must say I do enjoy this pen. It rarely hangs or skips and it isn't hard to fix when it does. The Sakuras are also a favorite of mine, especially the Start Dust. I can go through one of those in a week if I am allowed. You can never have too much shimmer!!! :)

Jennifer said...

I think I have like 6 of them! I NEVER want to lose it. It works really well. I highly endorse it!

Stephanie said...

I really like this pen. I have never been able to find the Sharpie pen that had good reviews on this site, so I tried the Signo. It's great!

cassie d'ambrosio said...

So far the uniball signo is the best I've found. I haven't tried the Ranger one yet.
One thing that is a negative about the Uniball Signo is that I cannot find them in any local stores and have to order online.

Sharon said...

Why OH WHY did they discontinue Sailor White Pens? They were so awesome, covered lovely, people who borrowed mine at crops would say "WHERE did you get this white pen?" I recently bought two Signo pens, have not used them yet, but this is promising to me!