I browsed the pen aisle during a rare trip to a big box store hoping to see even the smallest change in selection. The Acroball finally seems to have reached big box prevalence. Only the pure white barrel was available and, as usual, 0.5mm was nowhere to be seen, but it was nice to see something new hanging amongst the usuals. The Acroballs were slotted right next to their hybrid ink rivals, the Jetstreams.
It writes like a good hybrid ink pen should. I might get a 0.5mm and maybe even the multi pen on jetpens.com. I doubt these will ever hit the shelves here in the US. For now, I’m thankful the Acroball made it here at all, especially with the design of the Japanese market pen intact.