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When Word Processors Are Out: What's The Best Pen?

timothy posted about 11 years ago | from the write-only-word-processors dept.

Hardware 951

chensonny writes "Recently I was in a situation where there was no word processor, and several of us had to write, copy and sign a big amount of paper. It was then I re-realized the need for a good and comfortable pen. I saw some friends using a Mont Blanc, others like me using a felt pen or cheap ball-point pen. What does the geeks of Slashdot use for writing?" My favorite pen is an aluminum Lamy fountain pen -- can anyone recommend a good place to order Lamy ink in the U.S.?

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Think Geek to the Rescue! (4, Interesting)

Ryan Stortz (598060) | about 11 years ago | (#7137962)

The Logitech io Digital Pen [thinkgeek.com] and the USB Memory Pen [thinkgeek.com] .

These seem to be more for the rich geek, unfortunatly I'm only a poor geek. So I just use a Pilot Gel Pen.

Re:Think Geek to the Rescue! (5, Informative)

Skater (41976) | about 11 years ago | (#7138058)

Be careful with Gel Pens--sometimes the ink doesn't scan.

This has caused problems for my credit union (scanned checks show up as blank when people view them via online banking), as well as my employer (scanned documents show up blank).

--RJ

Re:Think Geek to the Rescue! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138078)

dude, that thing is bigger than a dildo. You think you can write for a good while with it? Think again.

Re:Think Geek to the Rescue! (4, Funny)

Walt Dismal (534799) | about 11 years ago | (#7138114)

I use a cheap fountain pen and human blood. (v v)

Huh? (4, Funny)

Helmut Kool (624923) | about 11 years ago | (#7137965)

What is this pen device you speak about?

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7137967)

mike is rich. he pays people to type things for him.

Uniball (3, Interesting)

Associate (317603) | about 11 years ago | (#7137968)

Uniball

Re:Uniball (2, Informative)

calica (195939) | about 11 years ago | (#7137988)

I have to agree. The Sanford Uni-ball has been my favorite for 15 years. Just bought a box of 12 for $7.99 so they're cheap too.

Re:Uniball (1)

Psx29 (538840) | about 11 years ago | (#7138009)

I agree, Definately the micro size uniball (0.2mm)

Re:Uniball (1)

jezreel (261337) | about 11 years ago | (#7138025)

I love the "uni-ball eye" from Mitsubishi most, though its roughly 4USD per pen.

Re:Uniball (0, Troll)

altek (119814) | about 11 years ago | (#7138029)

Wait, that's a pen?? I thought it was my friend's name who had an orchiectomy (one testicle removed)... At least that's what everyone calls him.. Well, that or Mono-nut.

Re:Uniball (1)

Cannelbrae (157237) | about 11 years ago | (#7138089)

Abolutely have to agree. I have a few extras sitting around just in case I lose one and suddenly have a good idea. After using these, I can't imagine using a bic. I love never having to scribble to get the ink flow started.

I really like Pilot VTech 05.mm (1)

arcite (661011) | about 11 years ago | (#7138110)

yup

Messy (1)

t_allardyce (48447) | about 11 years ago | (#7137971)

One of those 4 color ball-points rocks for messy note-taking :)

uniball (1)

potpie (706881) | about 11 years ago | (#7137977)

I find that uniball makes pens that write very nicely, Bic makes very cheap pens if you're going for least cost, but overall, I'd have to recommend always having a word processor.

In related news... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7137978)

There is a word processor roundup at the Nero Tech Center [nero-online.org]

My favorite pen is one I can liberate from (1)

alfredo (18243) | about 11 years ago | (#7137979)

cashiers and banks. Doctor's offices have cool pens from drug companies.

Re:My favorite pen is one I can liberate from (1)

raodin (708903) | about 11 years ago | (#7138069)

I get cool drug company pens from my mother, who is a nurse. That reminds me, I need to drop by and restock.

Pilot Precise V5 (4, Interesting)

John_Booty (149925) | about 11 years ago | (#7137980)

These are excellent pens for the price- a 5-pack is $7 or so. Amazingly smooth and, uh... precise. Pilots are the best.

I don't know if they make one with a big comfy grip, though, if that's what you're looking for. I'm not sure if I like those big, comfy grips, though... they sort of make me feel like I'm in nursery school again, grasping one of those crayons that seemed to huge at the time. Wait, that's probably a good thing. I'll shut up, now.

Pilot does make wider gel grip pens (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7137996)

Pilot Dr. Grip

http://www.mypencil.com/mall/page55gelball.asp

Re:Pilot Precise V5 (5, Informative)

jabella (91754) | about 11 years ago | (#7138004)

they do make one with a soft grip, it's all i use:

http://www.pilotpen.us/detail.asp?PenID=42

Re:Pilot Precise V5 (3, Interesting)

given (605305) | about 11 years ago | (#7138044)

the V5 is a classic - but the new Pilot Precise Deluxe Bold is the coolest pen ever. comfy grip, easy flow, & darker then any other pen ever so when you scripple over someone elses scribbles yours are always the most obvious.

Re:Pilot Precise V5 (1)

seanadams.com (463190) | about 11 years ago | (#7138021)

I 2nd that... they never dry out and they're very reliable. They also get stolen from the office a lot which is not necessarily a good thing, but at least a testament to them not sucking.

Re:Pilot Precise V5 (1)

that_vegan (209328) | about 11 years ago | (#7138059)

The V5 is the best I've found. When you put it to paper, it writes. No 'scribble scribble scribble' needed.

Re:Pilot Precise V5 (1)

dfries (466073) | about 11 years ago | (#7138116)

I read the blurb on the main page, and then thought I might just write that I've been using the ink pens with liquid ink at work, and I fliped over the pen on my home desk, 'Pilot Precise Rolling Ball V5 Extra Fine,' and it is the same one this guy is talking about. The ones at work seem better, but I don't remember what kind they are.

I can't say anything about the price though, it has been a long time since I bought them at home, and I just stop by the secretary at work for more.

You can always get the squeezy grips to put on a pen. I've been happy with the pens are theyare.

  • Good points
  • not much presure needed
  • very sharp consistent lines (compared to non liquid lines)
  • black, red, blue, green, and like vim I like the brigher colors
  • tradeoffs
  • can't think while the pen is on the paper, you will soak through to the next layer
  • they bleed more if you get the paper wet
  • don't ever crack one open
  • they always seem to have a lid, which takes two hands

zebrapens (1)

dre23 (703594) | about 11 years ago | (#7137981)

I almost always carry a Zebra F-301 ballpoint pen. They are almost always available at Wallgreens, so if I lose one, I know I can pick it up later. It's really geeky... black on chrome.

http://www.zebrapens.com/ [zebrapens.com]

For the truly geeky, check out the MaiDo japanese stationary store at Santana Row in the heart of Silicon Valley.. they have awesome pens and pencils of all types.

Re:zebrapens (2, Informative)

gooberguy (453295) | about 11 years ago | (#7138074)

I think your link is wrong. Is http://www.zebrapen.com/ [zebrapen.com] the site you were looking for?

Re:zebrapens (1)

dre23 (703594) | about 11 years ago | (#7138115)

wow, you're right, thanks!

Pens? (1)

Icephreak1 (267199) | about 11 years ago | (#7137983)

Man, pens? This transcends geekdom. This is the domain of nerds.

- IP

Pencil = Good (4, Funny)

c_oflynn (649487) | about 11 years ago | (#7137984)

I prefer the old mechanical pencil whenever possible. Besides being erasable, it has such perks as:

-- Use it to label disks, and play the fun game of getting conductive pencil shavings in your disk drive

-- Graphite + Wall Socket = Fun

-- Get to shake it when your one stick of lead finishes so the next one will catch, until you open it up to insert the lead in backwards (through the tip) because its not catching, and then when you open it the lead falls out and snaps

-- Injecting graphite into people

Mechapencil Nostalgia Fever (1)

krilli (303497) | about 11 years ago | (#7138033)

Get to shake it when your one stick of lead finishes so the next one will catch, until you open it up to insert the lead in backwards (through the tip) because its not catching, and then when you open it the lead falls out and snaps
Yes! Yes yes yes! As I read that, in my minds eye I saw millions of little browser-sized quicktime videos of my own hands doing *exactly* that. Thank you.

Re:Pencil = Good (5, Insightful)

thrill12 (711899) | about 11 years ago | (#7138068)

Not to mention:

A pencil even works in a weightless environment, so we are even prepared for the future...

The best pen is ... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7137986)

My DICK!

Go to an art supply store (0)

tjstork (137384) | about 11 years ago | (#7137987)


My wife is an artist of the old school.

The non-digital art world is amazing. The line of products that come out now are awesome. You have every possible pen, every possible paint, every possible medium. They even have photographic emulsion in a spray can so that you can expose images on 3d objects. It's way cool.

If you are in Philadelphia, do go to PEARLs (do you really need a better name than that!). They have a great selection of paper, ink, and other products.

Re:Go to an art supply store (3, Funny)

gooberguy (453295) | about 11 years ago | (#7138036)

They even have photographic emulsion in a spray can so that you can expose images on 3d objects. It's way cool.

Ooh! now I can take pictures of four-dimensional objects and they will be projected properly!

Re:Go to an art supply store (1)

kevin_conaway (585204) | about 11 years ago | (#7138109)

Ill second that on Pearl (the South St location). HUGE store with loads of neat toys. 10% discount on every item with a student or faculty id card too!

It doesn't matter what pen I use (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7137989)

My writing is completely illegible.

If your looking for a really nice ballpoint... (1)

c0dedude (587568) | about 11 years ago | (#7137990)

Try the papermate Write Bros. Blue Ink Medium. I highly reccomend it, it writes well and the color's good.

not a fountain pen! (1)

frostjoe (50928) | about 11 years ago | (#7137991)

I gave a fountain pen a shot a few months ago. I found it terribly hard to use. After a week of fooling I went straight back to my trusty rollerball.

Something Uni-Eye (1)

krilli (303497) | about 11 years ago | (#7137992)

Pentel Uni-Eye.

I think they're Pentels, at least.

The ink is very fluid, and the colored ones are fun because they are sort of transparent, so coloring in your doodles in class is nice.

Because the ink in them needs to dry a little, you may have to watch your hand if you're a lefty like me or you'll be stamping your last sentence on your essay again and again with the side of your hand. Depends on the paper.

black paper mate (1)

jason.mitchell (711646) | about 11 years ago | (#7137994)

black paper mate pen ooOO ya ..10 cents unF

Lamy converter (1)

benwaggoner (513209) | about 11 years ago | (#7137995)

For my Lamy, I just got an optional cartridge that lets me refill it from standard bottled ink, instead of having to use the disposable cartridges. But considering how ink-stained my hands got back in those days, that might not have been the right choice.

I'm thankful that I almost never have to do handwriting anymore! I only started using fountain pens for everything because I would get horrible hand cramps writing with anything that required any pressure. It always through off my physics professors when I'd turn in assignments written in italic calligraphy on unlined paper.

Creative anachronism (1)

krilli (303497) | about 11 years ago | (#7138072)

It always through off my physics professors when I'd turn in assignments written in italic calligraphy on unlined paper.
Consider yourself imitated.

Big grips (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138002)

It is all about the dr. grip
but thry are very expensive

Bic - Blue (2, Insightful)

redhairedneo (531104) | about 11 years ago | (#7138006)

The cheap ones. No grip, no nothing. So at least you don't feel bad for chewing it to a pulp.

Cheap Ball point (1)

acomj (20611) | about 11 years ago | (#7138008)

I like the bic round stic medium or fine.

There chead so when you loose them you don't feel bad.

If you want a little upscale the clear pentel rsvp is also good.

I also have a LAMY roller ball yellow. Its for special occations!

Pens? (1)

giraphe (651004) | about 11 years ago | (#7138010)

I can't remember the last time I used a pen... Except on my WACOM tablet. Yea, WACOM is cool.

I-Mark pens are nice... (3, Informative)

pongo000 (97357) | about 11 years ago | (#7138014)

Very heavy, more momentum when you write (meaning you don't need to work as hard). Buy one of those little foam gizmos that slips on the barrel, and you'll have a fine writing instrument. They're warranted for life.

Re:I-Mark pens are nice... (4, Funny)

pongo000 (97357) | about 11 years ago | (#7138048)

Or should that be "inertia" instead of "momentum"? I forgot I was on /. where most of the world's physics experts seem hang out...

My fave is the $3.50 Sheaffer fountain pen (4, Informative)

noewun (591275) | about 11 years ago | (#7138015)

The one you will find in drug stores and the like, with a colored plastic barrel and reusable ink cartridges [sheaffer.com] .

I'm a writer, so I have a bit of a pen fetish. I have used all sorts of pens, including some ver' expensive Waterman fountain pens, and nothing writes for me like the Sheaffer. It has a very smooth, very precise action and nice ink flow.

For other purposes I use fine-point Sharpies.

Cheap but effective (1)

Robotech_Master (14247) | about 11 years ago | (#7138018)

I've never seen much point in spending a zillion dollars on something as small and easy to lose as a pen. (Unless you could get one with a built-in GPS tracker that would alert you when someone walked off with it.) My pen-du-jour can be found in the stationery section of Wal-mart or K-Mart, and my requirements are simply black ink, rollerball (easier to push than ballpoint), dries fast (I'm a leftie), 0.7mm head (to leave a nice solid black line). Also good is having a window in the side so you can tell how much ink is left.

The pen currently in my pocket is a Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm liquid gel pen. I've also been known to use Pilot V.07 rollerball pens, but they can leak sometimes.

Pen/pencil/PDA-stylus combo (2, Informative)

technopinion (469686) | about 11 years ago | (#7138019)

Here's one [thegadgetbox.com] on my site that can write in red or black, .5mm pencil, hilighter, and pda stylus, all in one regular-sized pen-like unit. The ultimate geek pen?

My recomendation (1)

Cipster (623378) | about 11 years ago | (#7138020)

I still use pen and paper a lot, especially for taking notes while I read and in the planning stages of a project.
My favorite pen is the Zebra Zeb-Roller 2000 with rubberized grip. It is very comfortable to grip and writes well. I prefer the Fine point becaus the medium tends to bleed on paper sometimes.

Here is a link:
http://www.cleansweepsupply.com/pages/skugroup9986 .html

Montblanc is the best bar none (1)

KingReuben (707879) | about 11 years ago | (#7138023)

If you can afford em that is.. There's also Cross pens which are very nice.

You should go to a "pen store" and take a few different sizes and shapes for test drives, see what works best for you.

A good pen is an important investment! (well, at least, I think so)

Re:Montblanc is the best bar none (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138101)

A good pen is an important investment!

heh-heh... you said "pen is"

The mightiest pen is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138024)

The mightiest pen is the penis.

Ink for Lamy Pens (1)

puetzc (131221) | about 11 years ago | (#7138026)

I have used Parker and Mont Blanc ink in my Lamy pens without any problems. Usually, pens aren't fussy about the brand, although some inks are thicker than others (Mont Blanc), and may dry out more quickly if the pen is uncapped. www.levenger.com is pricey, but they have a good selection of colors (my daughter loves colors). Lamy cartridges are readily available in Europe. but I have never tried to mail order them.

Waterman (1)

nurb432 (527695) | about 11 years ago | (#7138027)

They have pens in a variety of price ranges, ( about 50 bucks and up.. )

Nice pens.. even the inexpensive ones. Free service, been in business for ages..

Sanford uniballs.. (1)

halo1982 (679554) | about 11 years ago | (#7138030)

I used to use a Sanford uniball Gel Impact, but the ink runs out too fast...I found as a student, I can't afford to buy a new $2pen every 4 days. So right now I'm using a uniball Vision Elite. It looks very streamlined and writes as smooth as the Gel Impact but it doesn't use as much ink, so I'm going through one every two weeks. You can get refills too, at $2 for two. The pens themselves are usually $8 or $9 for a 4 pack. They're pretty. I've found Sanford's pens cost more (for semi disposable pens) but are well worth it. They're easy on my hands, too.
Sanford [sanford.com]

Well... (1)

Mr.Zong (704396) | about 11 years ago | (#7138031)

I dont know man, i get all my pens from drug companies.

Big Fat Mont Blanc (2, Interesting)

CountBrass (590228) | about 11 years ago | (#7138032)

I have a big, fat, Mont Blanc fountain pen. Best pen ever.

Dont bother with a skinny one, and be careful as some of them seem to leak, but if you pick one that's good then you'll love it. No idea how much they would cost now, mine was about 300 10 years ago.

Edward

Re:Big Fat Mont Blanc (1, Funny)

gmhowell (26755) | about 11 years ago | (#7138118)

I use their ball point and roller ball pens. Damned fine pens. Everything else may as well be carving in stone or painting with animal blood on cave walls. Those who are recommending Bic's and similar have obviously never used a Mont Blanc. I assume they also don't understand the point of fine automobiles, having never driven anything better than a second hand Toyota.

Lamy Refills (1)

nuclear305 (674185) | about 11 years ago | (#7138034)

http://www.swisherpens.com/catalog/HTMLCatalog/lam y-ink-cartridges.htm http://www.gadgeteerusa.com/products.asp?cat=4&sub cat=8 http://www.penwright.com/vendor.asp?dept_id=70&nav id=3 http://www.penforyou.com/ZST6006PG30111CG6940.htm

Simple pen with gripper (1)

ajensen (155948) | about 11 years ago | (#7138035)

As much as I don't care for adding anything to such a carving (er, writing) device, putting a soft foam gripper (available most anywhere) on a simple Bic pen usually works for me. They're cheap, ubiquitous, and write very smoothly.

-a

Pilot VBallGrip (1)

Hawkxor (693408) | about 11 years ago | (#7138038)

I like the Pilot VBall Grip...they are quite cheap, and very clean and fine: only 07

Speaking of which, I always like to go for the finest pens, since they are the neatest: anybody know of any gel pens (like the Pilot VBall) that are 5 or 6 mm?

EasyTouch and RSVP (1)

physicsnerd (607860) | about 11 years ago | (#7138039)

As a student I go through a lot of pens and I put them through hell. So far the best I've found in my price range are:

The Pentel R.S.V.P. Med

and

The Pilot EasyTouch Med

They both cost about $1 each depending on how many you buy at once. The are both good pens, but I prefer the Pilot. I've had the plastic crack on the Pentel a couple of times and that makes it awkward to write with. However, i've had no such trouble with the Pilot. They both write smothly and are comfortable to hold.

Physicsnerd

wow (1)

mattdm (1931) | about 11 years ago | (#7138042)

I'm not usually one for complaining about the stories, but yeesh: I've been here for about as long as anyone, and this is the lamest one I can remember. Which is quite a feat.

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138083)

I agree. This is the lamest question for a tech website. How about college-rule vs. wide-rule notebooks?

Pen Geek Check (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138047)



* You are in the bank depositing a bunch of checks from Indonesian gardeners, and you find yourself inexplicably without a pen. There is a little ballpoint pen on a steel chain at a table inside the bank. You would:
1. Leave and return the next day;
2. Run to the nearest Wal-Mart and buy a Montblanc;
3. Use the ball pen, but sign someone else's name on the checks;
4. Not know what the ballpoint pen is.
* Have you ever been in an argument over the actual derivation of the trade name "Duofold"?

* When watching old movies on video, do you find yourself freeze-framing to try to get a closer look at the pen Humphrey Bogart is using? Do you in fact know what pen Humphrey Bogart was using? Would you be willing to tell me?
* Do you own any of the following items:
1. A pocket protector (and you're not an engineer)?
2. A glass eyedropper?
3. More than one bottle of household ammonia?
4. Blotter paper
* Do you keep a bottle of ink in your carry-on luggage? More than one bottle in different colors?
* Do you find yourself sniffing at the end of pens (to tell whether or not they are made of hard rubber)?
* Are your pens cleaner than your kitchen?
* Can you identify the pens shown on the boxes of various word processing software packages? Do you feel resentful when you don't find any of those pens inside the boxes?

Pen Geek Check [rickconner.net]

The ink is what matters (1)

CoffeeCrusader (660043) | about 11 years ago | (#7138050)

Doesn't matter what kind of ball pen you're using. just use the right ink cartridge, like a Senator or the likes. Parker does very nice ball pen ink, it's just a bit expensive. But if you can afford it, there's nothing better than a nice Parker.

Re:The ink is what matters (1)

flafish (305068) | about 11 years ago | (#7138111)

What he said.^

Pilot G-2 07 (2)

reiggin (646111) | about 11 years ago | (#7138051)

The Pilot G-2 07 is, by far, the best refillable gel pen for the money. Just be careful -- your fellow workers, classmates, family... ANYONE.... will walk off with them if you're not careful!

Waterman (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138052)

I used a Waterman fountain ever since buying it for my university exams. It was a simple stainless steel jobby that cost about 40 GBP (~60USD). It came to an untimely end after trying to flick the last of the ink out and hitting the nib against my pad. I've look around for a replacement nib but they cost about 20 GBP which seems a bit steep.

I'd definately recommend the Waterman but watch out for costs for replacement parts. A good fountain pen with a ink-bottle refillable cartridge has served me well over the years. Better than those crappy Parkers I used to get through anyhow.

I have no problem (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | about 11 years ago | (#7138053)

with purchasing Dr. Grip, even in quantity - its worth the comfort and control, IMHO. Wealthy family members use Parker '59 and bottled ink.

graphite! (1)

Stalker_reklatS (713565) | about 11 years ago | (#7138055)

I use a GRIP PLUS! [faber-castell.it]

Best pen i ever had (1)

0racle (667029) | about 11 years ago | (#7138057)

It was a zebra black fine tip i found on the floor one day, lasted me 3 years before it finally fell apart, which was amazing since it was in bad shape to begin with. i bought another one and was just as happy.

Rotring 3 color multipen + pencil (1)

Blademan007 (320541) | about 11 years ago | (#7138062)

I use a 3 color multipen with mechanical pencil Rotring [rotring.de] .
It's made of solid metal so it's heavy enough to hurt if you hit somebody.
It's hexagonal in shape, so it never rolls off a desk.

Papermate PhD (1)

Troy (3118) | about 11 years ago | (#7138063)

  • 3 in 1 pen...some models come w/PDA Stylus
  • Ink is cheap and easy to replace
  • Fat, ergonomic grip to reduce cramping
  • Pen costs around $7, which is good for extremely forgetful people like myself
Granted, writing with one is not an orgasmic experience. Nevertheless, I've been more than happy with mine, especially since (as a teacher) I frequently have to switch between red and black ink. My hand also frequently cramps up with smaller pens. My fat pen reduces a great deal of that. YMMV

Parker pens rock for the cheap geek (1)

edanshekar (656936) | about 11 years ago | (#7138065)

Relatively inexpensive, last a good while, and you can buy new cartidges and save the old pens. I have many of them littering my desk, blue, red, black and even aluminium cylinders for those rare times I have to write things out by hand. Great for signing checks as they don't bleed leak or smudge. Aside from that, a fine felt tip or something in the liquid ink variety. These do leak and bleed when used on checks, so they're better for notes in the margin, etc.

Best Pen (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138071)

Pilot Precise V fine Rolling Ball.
Disposable, ink always flows, rapidograph-like mechanism, dark crisp lines.

Pencil -- Not pen... (3, Interesting)

trainsnpep (608418) | about 11 years ago | (#7138076)

I heard once that the U.S. spent $1M developing the first pen that would write in space, and the Soviets used a pencil....

I would much rather have a pencil not only because it's eraseable (mentioned already), but because you don't need to worry about getting it on your clothes or it exploding. I would have to vote for the Cross Classic Century Pencil [cross.com] ...

It's very comfortable, and lasts a long time. The only disadvantage is that it does NOT work as a small pry-bar...which is why I need to buy a new one ;)

Bics can save your life (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138079)

ALWAYS carry a bic with you. They are useful if you ever have to practice a tracheotomy on anyone.

fountain pens are the HIZZLE (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138082)

I found a cool site where the ppl are freaky about their fountain pens. It's a nice break from the bic. :-) www.ramblingsnail.net [ramblingsnail.net]

Rotring and Sharpie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138084)

I use a Rotring fountain pen with Waterman black ink for daily use. The Mont Blanc ink seems to dry to a strange shade of purple on yellow pad. I like the Rotring because I always loose pens, and they are reasonably priced. But I always keep a sharpie fine point and standard with me.

Zebra F-401 (1)

BladeRider (24966) | about 11 years ago | (#7138085)

Has a nice feel in the hand and a very fine tip. A little pricey ($4.00), but worth it.

A great EMS pen (1)

niko9 (315647) | about 11 years ago | (#7138087)

At work I can write anywhere from 20 to 100 ACR's (Ambulance Call Reports) a week. My all time favorite cheap but good looking pen is a BIC retractable clic. [bicgraphic.com]

Not too skinny, and not too fat. Looks classy with the Hospital logo on it.

Pen-Cil (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138088)

Use a pencil, it can even write in outerspace!

Pilot Gel Pen (1)

Varitek (210013) | about 11 years ago | (#7138090)

Pilot Gel Pens [pilotpen.us] are *so* much nicer to use than ordinary Biros, it's not true, and they're far more convenient than fountain pens.

Soft and Comfortable (1)

techsplicer (565209) | about 11 years ago | (#7138093)

Try a Sensa Pen or Pencil for that matter. Both are rather nice, not too expensive, and cen be found in just about and stationary store.

Pens! (1)

craw (6958) | about 11 years ago | (#7138099)

Oh goodie! I would recommend multiple ball-point pen that has at least four colors (black, red, blue, and green). A couple of Number two pencils with tip covers, and of course this. [yahoo.com]

Easy choice... (1)

Jedi Holocron (225191) | about 11 years ago | (#7138100)

Pilot precise V extra fine

Any of the gel-ink pens do nicely (1)

The Gline (173269) | about 11 years ago | (#7138103)

They have a great feel -- a nice, "floaty" feeling that feels almost like a real fountain pen (I used to have a Montblanc before someone stole it, the swine). They also don't dry out anywhere nearly as easily as a conventional BiC ballpoint. The one big downside: they scratch the paper if you press slightly too hard, which means writing on both sides of paper (unless it's really thick) is out of the question.

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Needlepoint (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 11 years ago | (#7138107)

I recently found myself a favorite pen. Being in lawschool we have to take an ass of notes. I'm using a Pilot Needlepoint pen. It's simply amazing. Finest point you've ever seen so you don't get the blotchy lines when you write small. ;)

Bic Medium Point "Round Stick" (1)

Delphix (571159) | about 11 years ago | (#7138108)

I really like the Bic Medium "Round Stick" ball point pens. (The old school white ones pens with black/blue/green/red caps.) They give nice easy to read printing, and unlike felt/uniball pens they don't keep spilling ink on the paper if you don't write fast enough. ie: you get big thick lines if you write slowly, thinner ones if you write fast, and a big blob if you stop writting for a second and leave it on the paper.

The ball point is consistant. It glides across the paper. The best part is it's popular with hotels as complementary pens. :) Needless to say I haven't bought one of these since I started business travel and probably have a life time supply at this point. ;-)

Pilot Bravo! Porous Point Pen (1)

Peoii (611530) | about 11 years ago | (#7138112)

I've always been a rather large fan of the Pilot Bravo! Porous Point Pens myself. For a left hander, I've found them to have a very comfortable grip, and quick drying ink, so that I don't winde up with the black smear on my hands from the ink. They're also rather affordable, and they've got a semi-seethru chamber so you can tell how much ink you have left. Definately worth checking out.

Cheap pens all the way (1)

travdaddy (527149) | about 11 years ago | (#7138113)

I'm the absent-minded kind of /.er. If I lost a $100 pen (which I would), I wouldn't feel too good about it. Cheap pens all the way! Bic pens are good. I don't like Pilot, I tend to break them.

the "NASA" pen (1)

Temsi (452609) | about 11 years ago | (#7138117)

I always carry my favorite pen. Its design has been attributed to NASA. It's about 3.5" long, chrome metal casing. It can write upside down, under water, through grease, and its ink filling lasts approximately 100 years and has an unlimited lifetime warranty...
Needless to say, I love this pen.

My Pen (1)

Shky (703024) | about 11 years ago | (#7138121)

Pilot Dr. Grip Gel. Great pen, pretty cheap (under $10, IIRC) and really comfortable. It's great if you have large hands like me and your hand cramps when using thin pens. My hand usually gets really sore and cramped when using pens, so I was really impressed with this one. However, it goes through ink FAST, so make sure the store you buy it from also sells refills. I doodle a lot in school and went through the all the ink within 2 weeks.
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