@tonylegrone - Fisher Space Pens would be okay if they weren’t teeny little things with an indifferent grip, because their ink flow is okay. However I’ll take any pen five inches or longer that has a decent ink flow over a Fisher.
@rprebel I’m partial to medium point Sheaffer calligraphy pens. They aren’t ridiculously expensive or super fancy, but they are the perfect size for me and they write so beautifully.
I also have a Panache calligraphy kit, and I once made my own fountain pen from a blank kit by turning a gorgeous piece of bird’s eye maple on a lathe. That one is fine point but I am not happy with the ink flow of the nib in the kit.
I’ve had others along the way, including a glass dip fountain pen (which was super cool until the head snapped off).
When I lived in France, I had an amazing fountain pen with a set of cartridges that came with an erasing/correcting marker. The fountain ink could be erased using one clear end of the marker that reacted with the fountain ink, and then when it was dry you could reink (permanently though) with the other coloured end of the marker. I can’t remember the brand but I eventually ran out of the inks and the markers. But it was awesome!
@curtise Somehow I’ve been able to keep my glass dipper from breaking. They’re a lot of fun to write with. That eraser system sounds crazy. I’ve been reading /r/fountainpens for years and I’ve never heard of anything like that!
@curtise used one through most of high school, both cartridge and inkwell styles. Loved the way it wrote and the uniqueness of it. Only trouble is I am left handed and don’t “hook” my hand, so the heel of my left hand was always blue from the ink…
Now my ‘go to’ is a gel pen. My hand writing sux and the gel smoothness helps to make it at least semi-intelligible. Plus, since I use my pen to have patients sign out their paperwork at the end of their ER visit a fountain pen is not really practical.
@curtise I love the Kara’s Kustoms I won. But these days I’m really enjoying my Twsbi go. However. I’m also trying to go through all my samples to get rid of the gray etc. so. I’ve been using my Lamy a lot(as I don’t mind if it gets gummed up)
@melonscoop Only problem with a gel pen is if you drop it on the point it seems like most all of them are toast! You’re gonna get big ink blobs out the tip… Of course, that being said… it’s still gel pens FTW.
Actually, my favorite pen at the moment is a woot pen I got in a BOC today.
It has a banner that pulls out the side of the pen that says:
“Is this meeting over?” on one side,
“Why are we here?” on the other side.
@RiotDemon They don’t leak on me. They always lay down solid ink lines. The ball never gets grit in it and jams up. The 0.7 width is a nice confdent line weight. And the gel grip has a nice give to it and the pen has the right heft. Been using them for 10+ years, and were worth seeking them out when I ran out. When people go out of their way to steal your pens at the office, that tells you something. Easier to just get them by the box. Black is my jam, but the navy will do in a pinch.
My only downside is the novelty of the other colors wore off quicker than I thought, as the colors were all attractive shades to me, especially the maroon and forest green. I pretty much never used any of the others and eventually pitched them or gave them to my kids teachers.
@mike808 I’ll have to grab some next time I see them out and about. From reading other posts today, my G2s might start leaking because I do occasionally drop them on concrete floors. Still worth a shot to see if they are more durable.
@unksol actually, a urologist is EXACTLY the right person to treat that…
Urology (from Greek οὖρον ouron “urine” and -λογία -logia “study of”), also known as genitourinary surgery, is the branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary-tract system and the male reproductive organs. Organs under the domain of urology include the kidneys, adrenal glands, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate, and penis).
My younger brother wanted a nice rollerball pen for his birthday (Tornado F5 I think ~$30). I didn’t understand it at first, but when I tried it, I could immediately notice the smoothness and sensitivity. Also, the ink dries incredibly fast.
Montblanc Meisterstück. Sounds snobby but received one as a gift from a customer 20+ years ago and replaced my Cross pen immediately. Had no idea what I had until it needed repair. Wow. Rarely leaves my desk. I also carry a Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil pretty much all day. But I digress.
@rustyh3 Much as I like the idea of a great pen, I find that I can’t keep one for any extended period of time. I either drop it and ruin the tip (or one of my patients does it for me), it gets ‘borrowed’ and never returns, or it magically disappears like a sock in a dryer.
Good watches are the same thing. I do too much physical stuff to keep a good watch as my routine timepiece. I either get them scratched trying to get my hand in tight spaces or break a crystal when it bangs into something. I have one “dress watch” that I use on (rare) occasion (a Fred that I got over 50 years ago). My go to watch for work is the Martian I got here at meh.
BTW… don’t even get me started on sunglasses…
Any of the retractable 0.38 mm tipped roller ball pens. I think my favorite is a retractable Uniball Signo, but the analogous Pilots are good too. I think Zebra has an 0.4 mm that is a retractable roller ball.
Listen, you haven’t really scrawled until you’ve done it with a .4ish mm tipped rollerball.
Paper Mate Profile 1.4B . I can’t believe they got no other love here. Always reliable, great ink, soft grip, but not too big for my hands (see Zebra comment above). I have trouble keeping people from stealing them.
And if you use a pen with a cap, WTF is wrong with you?
@RiotDemon I think the only reason they still exist is because some companies are so cheap they still buy them, even though everyone loses the caps so they dry out, which makes people go through them faster, negating the savings they thought they were getting.
@jacatrow Still my favorite pencil story… even if it’s not true
During the height of the space race in the 1960s, legend has it, NASA scientists realized that pens could not function in space. They needed to figure out another way for the astronauts to write things down. So they spent years and millions of taxpayer dollars to develop a pen that could put ink to paper without gravity. But their crafty Soviet counterparts, so the story goes, simply handed their cosmonauts pencils.
@chienfou@jacatrow why not link the article you’re quoting? It’s absolutely not true, we started with pencils, pens are better, cheaper, were not developed by NASA, and the Soviets used the same pen. In short total bullshit
I like the Pilot Razor Point; able to write & draw very precisely, and works well with straight edge & templates. For sketching (especially on ‘onion’ or tracing paper), I still prefer old-school Flair pens.