ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Writer's Favorite Pen

Updated on August 17, 2014

The Quest for Writing Pen Perfection

Does the pen you use make a difference? It does to me. I write a lot. And, by write, I mean with a pen in my hand, not just at the keyboard. I correspond with friends and I often write out articles and notes before heading to the computer. And, while it may seem like a small thing to some, being stuck with a poorly functioning pen really can put a crimp in my mood.

I'm pleased to report I have finally found a nearly perfect pen. I'm not ruling out the possibility that there may be another even better Prince Charming of a pen out there, but for now this one is my new favorite. Want to see if it might be your new favorite, too? Read on!

How important is a good pen?

c. bossypants
c. bossypants

What Makes a Good Pen?

It's funny how you don't know what you want in a pen until the pen you're using doesn't have it. I used to think my writing needs were pretty simple. I've even been known to favor novelty over practicality. (I own more than one blown glass dipping pen, for example.) And, a set of pens with multiple ink colors always draws my attention. But, for the daily business of writing, there's nothing like a reliable pen.

If you had to name just one important quality in a pen, what would it be?

See results

The Pen of my Dreams...

  • Writes smoothly -- no blobs or skips.

  • Is economical.

  • Is comfortable to hold for long periods of writing.

  • Lasts a long time between refills or replacement.

  • Is easy to find at most stores.

  • Can be stored in any position and won't dry up.

  • Is less wasteful -- offers ink refills.

  • Comes in different color inks.

  • Looks nice.

How I Found my Pen Prince Charming

First let me say I've put up with a lot of pen toads and I had actually begun to think it was me. Pens that globbed seemed to be the worst problem. They'd start out nice enough, but when we got to know each other, they'd start leaving ink junk all over, smearing the paper and getting on my hands. Yuck! I figured there was some science to it: I was holding them in a way that scraped up bits of paper that made ink globs, or something. I'd about given up.

Then, one day at work, a friend loaned me her pen. I was instantly in pen heaven! The ink flow was so smooth I actually thought about writing in cursive, again. (I've since abandoned that romantic notion.) But, I'd been burned by first impressions before. So, I bought a two pack (couldn't get a single pen, or I would have), and began using them.

Well, I'm here to tell you this is the pen for me. My delight increased when I found I could even buy refills! Waste not, want not! We've been together more than six months and I predict a long and happy relationship!

How did you find your favorite pen?

See results

Here It Is!

c. bossypants
c. bossypants


is neither affiliated with nor compensated by

Pilot Corporation.

Just a fan!

What's your favorite ink color for writing?

See results

Even Perfect Pens Can Have Their Flaws

The Pros and Cons of the Pilot G2

Because smooth writing in an economical pen is most important to me, I'm willing to put up with a few minor imperfections. Here's what I see as the good and the not-so-good about the Pilot G2.

The Pros

Smooth ink flow, no globs


No writing noise

Reasonably comfortable (padded no-slip grip)

Easily available


Retractable (no cap to lose)

The Cons

Not long lasting -- seems to run out of ink quickly

Comfort could be better (I like a wider barrel)

Can't find novelty colors in single packs

Got pens? - Please leave a comment!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I'm left handed so it's sometimes difficult for me to use rolling ball pens. I stick to my original bic clicks.

    • profile image

      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      I am using a pilot pen too but not the G2. I will look for it. :)

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a large collection of pens. You made me realize that I am a collector of

    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 4 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Nice lens, thank you!

    • SusanRDavis profile image

      Susan R. Davis 4 years ago from Vancouver

      I love my pen. The Pilot Dr. Grip.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image

      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      This is a great page and fun read. How often I have wondered how many other people have a "pen issue" like I do, and here I find out lots do!

    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 4 years ago from New York

      One of my most irritating pet peeves is a pen with a dry tip, ink that won't flow smoothly or a dull pencil. I keep plenty of mechanical pencils on hand so my pencils are always sharp, and lots of Uniball Visions so my pens always write smooth I love this lens. It's a topic close to the heart of most writers, but we never talk about our true loves in the open. *wink*

    • profile image

      nicolane 4 years ago

      I love fountain pens - parker in particular - then you can use some really nice inks too.

    • profile image

      anonymous 4 years ago

      As a recovering pen-aholic myself, I will admit when I saw this pen I took it and it is better then any pen I have ever used. Schneider Slider Memo XB in blue, made in Germany with Viscoglide Technology. So glad I swipped it, can't seem to find it in stores.

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      I also like writing with the G2.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The Pilot G2 is the one my husband swears by! I'm in love with a different pen, but the Pilot G2 truly IS a wonderful writing tool! :)

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I have tons of pens! I do like them and the more I read this, the more I realized I can't stand crappy old pens! Your Pilot G2 gel pen sounds great. I like Uni-Ball pens a lot.