Judging a pen by its color: The Uni-ball Jetstream 4&1 (for short)

Saw body color. Had to have pen. The end.

That’s the BASIC story, but maybe I’ll flesh it out a bit. I was goner once I discovered multi pens on Jetpens. And then to find a Jetstream multi pen in my favorite green? Well this one was a must-have. No need to ponder, rationalize, or make a pro/con list. Since that nanosecond purchase, this is one of a few pens that I just keep reaching for. Especially when I’m heading out the door and don’t know what kind of writing situations I’ll run into. What if I need green? Or red? Or a pencil? (I’m kidding here…sort of. Okay, maybe not. My brain really DOES work like that. Eeek.)

Maybe I should’ve stuck to the short version of the story.

But honestly, the Uni-ball Jetstream 4&1- 4 Color 0.7 mm Ballpoint Multi Pen + 0.5 mm Pencil- Bright Series- Green Body is the Swiss Army knife of pens. You’ve got black. You’ve got blue. You’ve got green and red and a pencil. You’re prepared for anything (pen-wise). If you have to start a fire, you’re on your own. This pen is good, but not THAT good. Correct things. Make lists. Check boxes. Edit. Work a puzzle. Draw a comic. You can do any and all of that WITH ONE PEN. So cool.

I forgot to mention the eraser. Yup. There’s one of those, too.

Jetstream ink is one of my favorites. It’s a hybrid ink that leaves solid, clean, and smooth lines. Jetstream green may be a hair less vibrant than a few other hybrids (like Vicuna or Surari inks), but it’s quite good, and definitely good enough for the amount of time that I write in green. Which isn’t much, honestly.

I like this pen so much that I bought one for work and one for home to eliminate all of that carting back and forth. Not that it’s heavy. It’s just that it always seemed to be at the place I wasn’t. So now I have two. Problem solved. Multiple multi pens. Yeah.

The color selection plungers engage easily and smoothly. No issues there. To deploy the pencil? Just push the clip towards the pen tip and there it is.

The grip is rubberized but quite solid, with just the right amount of “tackiness.” It’s not a grip you particularly notice, but you’d miss it if it wasn’t there.

The only ding I hesitantly give this pen is its girth. Because it’s so stuffed full of refills, it’s a good-sized pen…about a 1/2″ in diameter. Doesn’t bother me, but it might bother those who prefer a narrower feel. For me, its attributes cancel out this minor (to me) issue. Your experience may vary.

So there you have it. My favorite bright green body color + smooth Jetstream ink + multi pen colors + a pencil + an eraser = I had to have this pen.

It just adds up.

End of story.


8 thoughts on “Judging a pen by its color: The Uni-ball Jetstream 4&1 (for short)

    • From what I can tell, by looking at the pens & refills on jetpens.com, a swap should work. I see that they now also stock a 0.5 mm version of the pen that I reviewed here, so that might be simplest.

      • I just checked my pen and here’s how you add pencil lead: Unscrew and remove the front of the pen (the grip section). Look closely at the pencil part’s metal sleeve and you’ll see that about 1/2″ down from the pen body, there’s a spot where the lower part of the metal pencil sleeve slides over the upper part. Pull the bottom part of the metal pencil sleeve off. Add lead to the upper part of the metal sleeve, then replace the lower part by slipping it back into place. Hope this helps!!

  1. I love that pen too, so awesome! I own many of them in different colors. Do you know if I can get the refills in box?

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