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Sunday, June 21, 2009

In search of a decent pen: The Mom Test

As mentioned earlier, I have recently spent way too much time reading reviews about and purchasing inexpensive pens. Now having too many pens, I asked my mom to try them out and let me know if there’s one she might like. She divided the pens into two groups:

  • Speedball Panache Calligraphy Pen
  • Uniball Signo 207
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Zebra Sarasa 0.7

Pens she disliked:
  • Lamy Safari, 1.1-mm italic nib
  • Pilot G-Tec-C4
  • Uniball Jetstream
  • Pilot G2

Mother knows best—I think I’ll stick to the first group for my future pen purchases.

(I find the G-Tec-C4 and G2 too scratchy—I guess I’m not a micro-tip-pen person. The Jetstream is just a (better-than-average) ballpoint. And the Lamy Safari, expensive and highly rated, performs poorly for me.)


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