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    Need a good signature pen <$10

    I am trying out a Pilot Varsity fountain pen today. If I don't like it I am giving up on fountain pens. What are some recommendations for a good roller-ball pen under $10? I sign a lot of graduation certificates at my work and a nice thick signature looks really good on a formal document like that. A lot of my counterparts at other schools sign with a marker, which to me looks goofy. Any suggestions?
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    Dare I suggest calligraphy? With a good pen, you can learn to sign your name quickly, and it would look really snazzy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MillCreek View Post
    Dare I suggest calligraphy? With a good pen, you can learn to sign your name quickly, and it would look really snazzy.
    I've always wanted to do that, but I don't know if I have the patience to be proficient. My natural handwriting is horrendous.
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    Waterman Phileas is a nice writing fountain. 35 bucks or so or $200 for a collectable edition.
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    I just use Sharpies since my autograph is in such demand.
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    I like gel pens, at the moment anyway. Uni-Ball Signo and Zebra Sarasa are pretty good ones.
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    Cross's $35.00 fountain pen is pretty good.
    Uni-Ball is the roller ball I usually buy.

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    Carve a potato stamp....then it's much easier than signing each one.

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    Pilot G-2 10 Writes really nice. About 3 bucks.
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    Fountain pen Pompous A-holes use them.

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    For a roller ball, I use Uni-Ball Deluxe Micros. The bigger uniballs don't work as well imo.

    Drafting pens are where it's at though if you don't like the fountain. You can select your tip type, width, and color for about $5. They are consistent because they have to be. Roller balls have the potential to not be as consistent.

    If I were signing a lot of things, and wanted a cheap pen, I'd get a Pelikan Pelikano.

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    Prick your finger and sign in blood?
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    Another vote for the Pilot G2. Comfortable grip and they write smoothly.
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    Pilot G2. Used them through highschool (wow...12 years ago...) and in college switched to uni-ball. G2 are smoother, IME.
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    At work they had uni-balls. Those seemed to work nice. An ultra fine point sharpie will give you a wide line.

    Have you ever considered a Rapidograph? Old school, but distinctive. Calligraphy pens might make your signature better. They would slow you down and make you more aware of what you are doing.

    Then there is always charcoal and fixative.
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    Pilot Precise V7 rolling ball - fine point. I've been signing payroll checks with them for years...smoother ink delivery that a Waterman Edson fountain pen.
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