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A Writer's Favorite Pen
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?
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?
The Pen of my Dreams...
Writes smoothly -- no blobs or skips.
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.
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?
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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.
Smooth ink flow, no globs
No writing noise
Reasonably comfortable (padded no-slip grip)
Retractable (no cap to lose)
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