Pilot G2 Mini

It looks like Pilot’s R&D did their homework:


"The Mini is Big!

Same as regular G2, in a convenient Mini
Dynamic Gel ink that’s water resistant and smear-proof.
rubber grip.
Available in Fine point.


Here’s a photo with a Moleskine for comparison:


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24 Responses to Pilot G2 Mini

  1. Neal Dench says:

    I’ve been using these pens for about 3 or 4 months now — I’m never without one in my back pocket (even if there’s nothing accompanying it to write on). As the post says, it’s just like a G2, but has a shorter barrel. It does tend to get clogged up with pocket fluff occasionally, but given the low price of G2s anyway, that’s hardly a problem.

  2. Alia says:

    So, where can I get them? The Pilot site doesn’t have ’em yet. The post about these last year said to expect them available in retail stores ~mid- to late-Feb (yes, I wrote a post-it about these pens and put it on my calendar). So, how do you have them already and why won’t you share?!?! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll check these out, I love the regular ones.

  4. Alia, Neal is in the UK. They got the minis early in Europe. Maybe you could order from a stationer over there, via the Web. I’ll be in London Feb 13 – Feb 22. If I happen to see these, I’ll pick one up for you.

  5. Gary from inkmusings left a comment on my blog saying he found a box at Staples (assorted 8-pack for $11.49), so maybe they are arriving in the states. If you can’t find them at Staples, you CAN find them at http://www.jetpens.com …..

    These will be great for use with the pocket Moleskine. I never can find a pen comfortable in my pocket – maybe this is it!

  6. Gary Varner says:

    I got an 8-pack in assorted colors last week via Staples online. Only place I’ve seen that actually has them in stock…so far.

  7. Marcus says:

    I bought 2 8 packs of them a month ago at Office Depot (www.officedepot.com). They have the .7mm point on them though. Beggers can’t be choosers, right?

    I like them and carry one, and a multi-pen in my PDA/moleskine case.

  8. HanKi says:

    Also check out Pilot Vega Gel, seems to be a not very well popular model but my book store had them.

    Barrel is thicker than G2, fits my hand much better.

    And I just love the way it glides on almost any paper

  9. OK, Alia — looks like you can get your pen locally or on the Web. I won’t spend any cycles on them in London.

  10. Alia says:

    I appreciate the thought, all the same. Of the options presented, I choose to join your expedition to London. Wait, that wasn’t an option. Drat!

    Forgive my accusation that you weren’t sharing. I’d buy you a cup of something to appologize, but Bill won’t let me accompany him to London. 😉

    Thank you for setting me straight. I placed an order from jetpens.com — and fleshed it out with little, oddly colored fountain pens that look perfect for staining my fingers lurid colors.

  11. Edd says:

    I love the feel of G2’s (I can get as much as I want of them for free from work)
    I used to use them all the time for everything until I got tired of the smearing on my hand and the explodeing in my pocket. So now I am stuck with papermates which write ok and don’t smear or blow up. But I do miss the smoothness of G2

  12. Joy says:

    I tried Staples and Wal-Mart this morning, and no minis to be found. I plan to continue my quest later today. Staples did have Staedler 0.3 pens that look intriguing.

  13. Alia says:

    Instant gratification: Ordered some G2 minis from jetpens.com on Monday, got ’em Wednesday. (And they had a coast-to-coast journey in there somewhere.)

    In contrast to Marcus’ earlier complaint that he only found the 07 size, my complaint is that jetpens only had the 05 size. Otherwise, they are the same old, trusty G2, but missing about 1.5 inches in length. If you have small hands like I do, you’ll never notice the difference operationally, and the missing length makes them handy for stuffing into pockets or purses.

    Along with the G2 minis, I filled out my order with a couple of Pilot Petit 1 little fountain pens. They’re almost identical in length to the G2 minis, and come in a bunch of colors. To my surprise, my trial run did not end up with ink all over my fingers. So far, they seem sturdy, and they’re refillable. Cool.

    Now the real question is how long until I’ve lost all of these tiny pens at the bottom of some drawer or bag?

  14. Crystal says:

    I found these on staples.com, so I will see if I can get them.

  15. Ernesto says:

    I recently found the G2 Minis at a local art suppy store in Orange County, CA. They were selling for about $1.50 each. Art stores might not be a bad place to try.

  16. KellyLove says:

    You can get them now at Target – I found them over the weekend in packs of five colors in the school supplies section (I’m in Charleston, SC). Love these!

  17. DavidFuzz says:

    I don’t get what the big deal about these pens is, they are just a little shorter. I have never had a problem with normal sized pens being uncomfortable.

    Won’t making them shorter just give them less ink?

  18. BOB S says:

    I have to say I am dissapointed with the G2,s and my Mini, they (its) scratchy, and blobs a lot and generally is slow to dry – back to my Pelikan fountain pen with Noodlers Navajo Tourquise ink.

  19. Linda says:

    The 0.7mm versions of the G-2 are more likely to blob and dry slowly, but the 0.5 versions are much cleaner with no blobbing. I only use the 05s, in fact, I’ll take out the 07 ink cartridge, toss it in the trash, and replace with a 05 (you can find the refills at Office Max, etc.)

  20. Anabel says:

    Hey wuz up me here loving this cute pens I have had this pen 2 years ago and it still works I love Pilot G2 Pens

  21. petraea says:

    They suck!
    Bought a three or 4 pack and they all don’t write smoothly anymore.
    Mine worked for a week.
    They have not been abused or misused.
    They skip….. do not keep an even flow.
    I also don’t know what you’re all raving about.
    Want my money back.

  22. Bob Strutton says:

    I am pleased to say that I have lost my G2 mini, it never wrote smoothly and blobbed very badly.


  23. gingerpeach says:

    Heads up, Office Depot has 4 packs of these on clearance for a dollar (assorted colors).

  24. Ezra Hilyer says:

    I LOVE the G2 minis, i always have one and my Moleskine with me. I have to buy another pack once a month or so, since they grow legs and walk away!
    -ezra Hilyer

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