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what's your favorite writing instrument?

Old 08-09-11, 08:46 AM
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what's your favorite writing instrument?

I love fountain pens best (especially with an italic nib) but they're not always practical...I usually carry a gel pen (for work), a ball point in case i need to press through carbons and a fine felt-tip for my checkbook and calendar book. I can't paint to save my life but I love drawing with pencils.

Any other pen freaks here?
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True story. Flew to England to be best man in a dear friends wedding. Wife to be went with me. English weddings, or this English wedding anyway, are much different than those in America. There was only the bride, the groom, the best man and the maid of honour. At one point during the wedding, we had to sign some official government book, and we had to use a quill pen (actual feather mind you), and and inkwell. I could not use the pen in my pocket. I struggled mightily with that pen, splattering ink all over the page, and did not ever come up with anything close to my signature. Felt like such an imbecile. I will never own a fountain pen or anything with a nib or the like ever in this life if I have any say in the matter.
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Hmm, I actually learned a little just now.

I thought I was a fan of gel inks, but researched a little and determined it was liquid ink. Liquid ink isn't on your list and I was ready to call you on it. But lo and behold, liquid inks are called roller balls.

So. My vote is for roller balls. From a practical standpoint, good ol' ballpoints are just fine. But roller balls are so precise and feel great.

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Voted fountain pen...you didn't have an option for eagle feather and bottle of india ink.
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I used to use ruling pens (then technical pens later) for drafting. I have not touched these since the advent of CAD, thank goodness.

If I have to freehand something, I prefer crayons.
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All through college (graduated in 2009) I used mechanical pencils to take notes, etc.
I use pens occasionally. I like the Zebra ball point pens. I keep one in my wallet.
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Back when I was an art major and taking caligraphy classes, we learned to use pens with different nibs that were dipped into India ink. The finer nibs had to be sharpened every once in a while. There's nothing like the sound of a pen nib scratching on a clean sheet of paper.
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Fountain pens and drafting pens for the win. I have a set of Koh-i-noor jewel tipped nibs waiting for some pen bodies. Can't wait to start using those.
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Pencils. I make lots of mistakes.
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If I go to the store and buy a pen, I get a medium blue *******.

You can say ass but not u n i b a l l?
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If I go to the store and buy a pen, I get a medium blue *******.

You can say ass but not u n i b a l l?
This is a bike forum and Lance may be reading, so I can see the reasoning here.
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I prefer a 0.5mm mechanical pencil, but have found that a uni-ball onyx micro is good for a pen. What's so special about drafting pens?
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Pencil, .7 or .9mm mechanical if available, but I have quite the stash of wooden ones in the office.
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I like wooden pencils. No mechanical pencils because they always squeak and I always break the lead.
I enjoy the gel or liquid ink pens and it has to be black ink or elseeeeeee
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I like wooden pencils. No mechanical pencils because they always squeak and I always break the lead.
I enjoy the gel or liquid ink pens and it has to be black ink or elseeeeeee
Same.
And yes, the ink has to be black.
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When I read the thread title I was all set to answer "piano"
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Levenger has a nice guide to the different types.

Yes, by "rollerball" I meant water-based liquid ink, more or less what you use in a fountain pen. I think it gets confusing in that a gel pen is a rollerball, and to a degree a ball point is as well, but the inks are vastly different, as is the writing experience.

Personally if i can't use a fountain pen, I prefer gel, roller and ballpoint, in that order - unless we're talking a crappy gel or really nice ball point. I have a Levenger ball point with re-branded Schmidt ink refills and it writes beautifully. Whereas I have gone through countless cheapo Bic Roller Grips (they give them out at conferences I attend) and I hate them long before they run out of ink.

I think a Pilot G-2 is what finally convinced me to never use a cheap Bic or Papermate stick/cap ball point pen again. But in the end it's horses for courses; some paper just works better with a particular ink. When I travel I usually carry a Fisher Space pen (fits in any pocket) and a Bic 4-color - you don't have to worry about running out of ink with 4 colors, and they're great for crosswords, which i usually do lots of when in flight.

Good call on the mechanical pencils - I do prefer a fresh wooden pencil for sketching but I still use my drafting set from years ago when I did architectural drawings and it's nice to have the different lead widths for line variation.

I'm pretty much done buying pens since the fountains are not disposable - but now I'm hooked on notebooks...and then there's inks to try...
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Funny - I like like black ink, but I really love blue.

Out of curiosity I just went through my tons of old pencils (I have had to use them a lot for work also, so there's a big stash laying about here) and found I still have a lot of old US-made ones - all sharpened and partly used, alas - people actually collect pristine examples of old pencils (Venus Velvets, Dixon Ticonderogas, Berol Black Warriors, et al). And there I was, nibbling on them and what not all those years...
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i haven't bought a pencil or pen since like middle school because they show up everywhere. Like in class there are always random pencils/pens on the table and in offices too.
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Let's see... the pencil cup in my office has 2 Sanfords, 2 PaperMate Mirados (pre-sharpened, but unused), a PaperMate American, and a Eberhard-Faber Natural, all US-made. There is a used Sanford Mirado, and a VERY used Ticonderoga, too.

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I'm a fan of smooth rollerball pens, the narrower the better. However, if I need to do anything erasable I'll take a 0.3 mm pencil, yes, I said 0.3 mm. I find that I don't get writer's cramp with it. If I'm tense enough to get writer's cramp I break the lead and loosen up.
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As an engineer I've used Pentel mechanical pencils for a long time. I started with 0.5mm but then discovered 0.7mm and 0.9mm, and now I prefer 0.9mm. This size is blunt enough to not punch holes in the paper and to write a little bolder, but not so fat that I think it needs to be sharpened. I've found that they work well when I'm doing carpenter work too. I hardly every "write" very much in terms of words, but I write a lot of numbers and do sketching at work. If I need to write a lot of words I just use a computer. I would be hard pressed to write longhand right now.

I use a lot of the Unib*ll rollerb*ll pens too. I almost always have 1 or 2 in my pants pocket so if I need to write something I would be equipped. I go to Office Depot and buy them in a box or 10 or 12 at a time.

In high school I got interested in fountain pens. I used the kind that use the ink cartridges but the cartridges were too expensive so we learned that we could buy a bottle of ink and just fill up the barrel of the pen. Most of the time it would not leak if you tightened it enough.

I always keep a few black Sharpie's around for special uses.
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