Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Uni-ball Signo Broad White

I have for some time been on a quest for the perfect white pen.  First, there was the white Pilot Choose, which was... disappointing.  Then there was the white Sakura Permapaque paint marker, which was the most useless pen or marker I have ever encountered, as the white ink was essentially invisible (although the other colours were acceptable).  Then there was the white Sakura Gelly Roll, which I actually thought at the time was quite a good white pen.  But now, my quest is over, for I have found the holy grail of white pens: the Uni-ball Signo Broad.


I'd read many reviews that lauded the superior qualities of the Uni-ball Signo Broad, but still I doubted.  Could it really be as good as they all said?  But finally I tried it out for myself and now, I too am a believer.  If the Uni-ball Signo Broad white pen does not write as well as all those other reviews claimed, then that is only because it write even better.  My friends, if you, like me, have spent many long, lonely years searching for the perfect white pen, then I am here to tell you that your quest is over.  This is it.


A brief glance at that writing sample above will tell you everything you need to know.  Writing with this pen is like writing with white correction fluid or with white paint.  Most white pens appear at least slightly translucent when you write with them, but not so with the Signo.  This white ink is opaque.  Shockingly, amazingly, astonishingly opaque.  I though a truly opaque white ink pen was an impossibility, but it is not.  See that comparison with the Sakura Gelly Roll at the bottom of the writing sample?  Look at how grey and washed out the Gelly Roll ink is, and then look at how white and bright the Signo ink is.  That, my friends, is the difference between a good white pen and an excellent and superior white pen.

But wait!  That's not all!  Now take a look at how this pen writes on different kinds of papers:


Yes, it is true, whether you're writing on smooth magazine paper, over acrylic paint, on shiny metallic paper, on origami paper, on translucent vellum paper, on rough porous handmade paper, or on cardstock (in my original writing sample), the Uni-ball Signo Broad writes consistently smoothly with its bright white opaque ink.  Seriously, this is impressive stuff.

As far as appearance goes (although why anyone would care at all what this pen looks like when it is so amazing otherwise, I have no idea), the Uni-ball Signo Broad is fairly basic, with a clear barrel, and grip and clip in colours to match the colours of the ink.  And it is available in all sorts of colours, including black, blue, dark blue, gold, green, orange, red, and silver, as well as the white.  At 1.0mm, it is a bit too fat for me to use for everyday writing, but if you like fatter pens, then this is a great all-around pen as well.  For me, it will likely remain a craft pen only, and I would love to try out the gold and silver in the future to see if they are as amazing as the white.

I highly recommend this pen if you are looking for the perfect white pen.  You will not be disappointed.

Related reviews: No Pen Intended, The Pen Addict (also a review of the dark blue), Tiger Pens Blog (metallic).

5 comments:

  1. Yes, the gold and silver are just as amazing! The Sakura Gelly Roll Souffle is another good white pen. But not as amazing as the Signo.

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  2. The only draw-back I've found after using the UM-153 on darker stock for many years now, is that it should hold more ink since it doesn't take very long to empty one if you are using it a lot. Perhaps this is due to the thickness and smoothness of the ink. Maybe they could make a little fatter one that holds more ink? Possibly a "UM-155," since there is already a UM-151 that is thinner. A guy can dream, right?

    Great Review BTW!

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    1. you realize you can just buy the refill right?

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  3. How is this pen on photo paper? Like in a photobook?

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    1. Can't say for sure as I don't have any photo paper or printed photos around to test it on, but I think that it would work well, as I've been able to use it on all kinds of paper, from rough and porous to smooth and glossy.

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