My latest pen aquisition comes from (as usual) Paradise Pen. The Pilot Namiki Ageless collection features two different lines – Present and Future. This pen is the Future in silver. The only real difference in the two lines is that the Present has a translucent grey plastic grip, while the grip on the Future is solid white.
I am not generally a fan of ballpoint pens. In fact, I’ve hated almost every one I’ve ever tried to use on a consistent basis, from low end Space Pens to the most gorgeous Montblanc. I need a fountain pen, gel or rollerball to commit to a long term pen relationship. I’m picky, what can I say. That being said, the Namiki Ageless is definitely the smoothest ballpoint pen I’ve ever used. I’ve always been a big fan of Pilot because of their G2 line, and I’d always heard good things about Namiki. I can now confirm that all the praise is warranted. The line is rollerball smooth and dark, yet doesn’t run, feather or bleed the way some rollerballs can.
The Ageless collection has another feature that makes it an attractive pocket pen. If you (like me) don’t like putting a pen in a front shirt pocket (or don’t always have a front shirt pocket) then you know that sometimes a pen can get stabby in the front pocket of jeans or slacks. The Ageless has a double twist mechanism that retracts not only the tip but the entire point of the pen, leaving the instrument a non-stabby cylindrical barrel perfect for carrying in your pants pocket. Ringing in at about $70, the Ageless is an expensive pen for everyday use, but a really cool addition to a collection.