Here’s a topic I’ve not seen on the boards but I’ll bet some of you share this mild obsession.
I’m a pen freak. I love a good quality pen and I’ll pay for it (within reason). Most people find that a fifty cent BIC is all they need, and for daily use at work, that’s all I need too, but when I’m writing a letter, fattening up a journal, or working out a short story, I want a quality pen. It’s gotta be smooth as silk, no smear, and it must feel solid in your hand – no jangling parts.
Come on, I know some of you share the obsession. Where can I find a perfect pen?
It’s by no means perfect but I like the feel of a Pilot Precise V7 fine point. I also like Uni-Ball Vision micros. They are smooth and fast, if you know what I mean. I don’t buy expensive pens simply because I lose them.
These are my current work favorites…a good pen makes all the difference: Sanford® Uni-Ball® Gel Impact® RT Retractable Gel Pens, Bold Point, 1.0 mm- a bit fatter and a medium point…nuthin better really.
Fountain pens are the bomb…just not work friendly.
I like nice pens, too. Maybe someone can explain to me the beauties of a twist ballpoint. I’ve had the experience with (cheap) twist pens that the twisty part gets tired and if you press hard (which I do), the pen retracts while you write.
The Autocross is very elegant-looking, but short, stubby pens are never comfortable for me. If they made a longer version of the same, leather-clad pen, I’d be all in.
Most people find that a fifty cent BIC is all they need,
Sorry, a 50 cent BIC is all I need. =/ In fact I need to buy a new bag of 'em. I lose those things all over the place. There’s probably a couple in my navel.
My handwriting is abysmal, too. I could probably retrain myself to write in the proper cursive I knew back in 3rd grade, though. It would be faster than the sort of sketchy block-printing I use now, and would look better to boot.
If we are not talking about Mont Blanc here, I find the Uniball Jetstream rather good.
I need to start using a fountain pen again. Using a black cartridge on a good pen makes my writing look much better. I cannot bring myself to print- I have to write in cursive, so having a pen used to my style really helps.
For everyday use, I’ll echo the Sanford Uni-Ball Vision Elite. Great pen, when it works. I’ve had bad luck with a couple developing flatspots on the ball, and then it doesn’t work so well.
My “special event” pen (signing contracts, client agreements, or otherwise showing off) is a Montblanc Meisterstück. They only list the fountain pens on their website, but I have a medium point ballpoint, and it is truly a writing instrument, much more than a simple pen.