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PILOT EasyTouch retractable, blue medium. (This is a ball point -- not a rolling ball or gel ink model.)
 
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Looks like a nice pen. My favorite pen ever was a stainless steel pen... just pure stainless steel. I enjoyed twirling it with my fingers as a pasttime.
 
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The Bic XXL.
[ May 17, 2006: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]
 
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free pens handed out at tradeshows and training courses
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen T Wenting:
free pens handed out at tradeshows and training courses



same here
 
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That has to be my good ol' Parker Pen (stainless steel) - had it for 11 years.

/Svend Rost
 
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Free ones are cool, but even more important is a certain thickness, at least an inch circumference or so. Below that they don't feel comfortable to use.
 
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Originally posted by Svend Rost:
That has to be my good ol' Parker Pen (stainless steel) - had it for 11 years.
/Svend Rost



You can't beat a good fountain pen, but I find now that I very rarely have the need for a good pen. The only times I now use them are when writing cheques, or scribbling quick notes at work (where there's no point me having a good one, as they have a habit of wandering off).

I used to have a really good parker when at school, but it got broken when a charming classmate of mine stabbed me with it! The blue mark stayed for years afterwards, proving that they not only are good pens, but also not bad at tattooing
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
...The only times I now use them are when writing cheques, or scribbling quick notes at work...


Yes, but even -- or especially -- in those situations, it irritates me to no end when a pen blots or simply doesn't write. What is so difficult about making a pen that works?

PaperMate Stick pens are $1.19 a dozen. Pilot EasyTouch pens are $10.59 a dozen, so they do cost about ten times more than the typical disposable pen. But they're still cheap, and they work.

(If anyone cares, I'm quoting Office Depot's online prices.)
 
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My new favorite pen:



Its got a great weight, a perfect stripy design -- and the best part? BLUE ink. Love my blue ink.
 
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Jess, what brand is that pen?
 
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I am always losing pens - so never had the chance to have a favourite
 
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
Free ones are cool, but even more important is a certain thickness, at least an inch circumference or so. Below that they don't feel comfortable to use.



Pens disappear all the time from offices, so I stopped buying them.
Instead I help other peoples' pens disappear at about the same rate they disappear mine, most likely that will over time mean I get my own back
 
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Gold-Filled Mont-Blanc? $350.00
Black-India ink refill? $ 10.50
Slate-paper in leather-over-wood-bound journal? $35.00
Kicking the arse of the jerk who stole them? Priceless.
Except, I never found him/her!!!

Now, I like whatever I grab out of the trash. If it stinks like coffee-grounds, feels like dried egg-yolks, and tastes like stale cigarettes, people won't steal it.

Happy Solmanella!
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
...The Bic XXL.


Hmmm... Impressive. But have you tried PILOT's BP-X?
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
...You can't beat a good fountain pen...


I need to try a fountain pen. How much does one need to spend for a "good" one?
 
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You can pick up a handsome, good-working fountain pen for less than $10 in most CVS pharmacies. (I wonder if they'll give me money now or free pens?)
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:
Jess, what brand is that pen?



marc -
It's a Paul Smith pen (and it originally came with black ink, but I insisted on a blue ink refill).
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:

Hmmm... Impressive. But have you tried PILOT's BP-X?



No, that looks good, too. I do have this thing for extremely fat pens.
 
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Originally posted by Jessica Sant:
...It's a Paul Smith pen (and it originally came with black ink, but I insisted on a blue ink refill).


Very nice. And blue ink is essential.
 
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I once had a favourite brand of pen but haven't really been paying attention for a while. Now I realise what's been missing in my life.

Also strange since for the last 5 years I've been storing several thousand dollars worth of fountain pens at my place. About 20 of them, ranging from several hundred to thousands each. Dunno, never really paid attention.
 
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writing lefthanded fountainpens (or any liquid ink pen) just make a mess when used.
I've a very good Parker that cost someone a lot of money (it was a graduation present, gold trim and everything) and it's pretty much useless to me.
Either no ink comes out at all or it flows so rapidly all I produce are Rorsach blobs.
 
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What's all this talk of blue ink for? Is there a shortage of blue ink somewhere? Most pens I see in the shops come with blue ink as standard.

Within the office I work in, the real scramble is for the pens with red ink.....
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
... Most pens I see in the shops come with blue ink as standard...


Well, I guess now we know why the rest of the world is facing a blue ink shortage.
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:
Well, I guess now we know why the rest of the world is facing a blue ink shortage.

Yeah, the writing's on the wall.
 
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
Yeah, the writing's on the wall.



in black ink...
 
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Like Chetan said - 045 Reynolds Fine Carbure - is the best.
For me, its a lot better than Bic, Papermate, Pilot, Parker, Fountain or anything else.
 
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Hmmm... we've got ink color preferences and the thickness of the pen itself, but I need my pen to have as wide a point as possible. Fine points don't do it for me. I'm not a bold person -- I'm hiding under a table as I write this, but there's something about the broad pen stroke that inspires me, even if I'm writing shite.
 
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