I've been very behind in posts and reviews lately; in fact, I've only written two posts here yet this year! I feel terrible about it, but have been so incredibly busy studying and working on my graduating essay for my 2nd last semester of university that I've hardly had a moment to spare. That said, I've been using this pen for a couple of months now and thought I better get a review up for it before it runs out of ink!
My first impression of the Pentel Vicuna was that it was a very nice, smooth-writing ballpoint pen. It did not skip and was certainly enjoyable to write with. However, as I have used this pen more frequently, I have discovered that it is, unfortunately, prone to the occasional glob or blot of ink that I usually associate with much poorer-quality ballpoints. Although I will not write the Vicuna off entirely for this fault, it is annoying, as well as disappointing.
Apart from the ink glob issue, I don't really have any complaints about the Pentel Vicuna. It is retractable, which I normally don't care for, but in this case is redeemed by the very satisfying, faint popping sound the pen makes when I retract the tip back into the body.
The body of the pen is appealing and surprisingly comfortable to use, with a ridged grip that is slightly tapered towards the tip of the pen. This is probably one of the more comfortable pens that I own. The clip is made of clear plastic and is, as with nearly all pens, fairly useless for clipping onto anything more than a few sheets of paper. The ink itself appears to be a fairly standard ballpoint blue, not particularly remarkable but perfectly serviceable.
Overall, I am pleased with the Pentel Vicuna. If you are looking for a comfortable, smooth-writing, retractable ballpoint and you don't mind the occasional ink glob, then it may be the pen for you. If you just can't stand ink globs, then you may be better off with the Uni-ball Jetstream.
Related reviews: Pocket Blonde, Derek's Pens and Pencils, The Pen Addict, OfficeSupplyGeek, Tiger Pens Blog, Penfan.ru, Economy Pens.
In other news, my father recently bought a new camera, which means that I get his old one! Although a couple years old, it allows me to take better close-up photos of pens than my old camera did, so don't be surprised if you see more photos in my pen reviews from now on.