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Saturday, June 13, 2009

In search of a decent pen

Did some googling for “favorite pen”. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled out for these ones when I do my errands today:
  • Pilot G2
  • Pilot G-Tec C4
  • Uniball Micro 0.2mm
  • Uniball Signo RT 0.38
  • Pilot Hi-Tec 0.25
They’re inexpensive pens that people are saying good things about.

What’s your favorite pen? ∎


  • This reminds me of Mitch Hedberg: "I bought a seven-dollar pen because I always lose pens and I got sick of ... ... ... not caring."

    I really like red felt-tip pens that look like this:

    Although I have cheap knock offs not the papermate ones.

    By Blogger Thomas David Baker, at 6/13/2009 2:04 p.m.  

  • I mainly use Stabilo Point 88 Fine 0,4 pens.
    I love'em!

    By Blogger Quentin, at 6/13/2009 2:31 p.m.  

  • Cool stuff, guys. I’ll look out for those.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/13/2009 3:36 p.m.  

  • I'm all about the Pilot G-2 gel pens. Pretty cheap, the 0.7 is great for everyday use, and the 1.0's boldness gets me rolling for notes and brainstorming. I'm also a fan of the Sarasa pens, which are almost the equal of the G-2, but can also frequently be found in big packs of fun colors.

    By Blogger Marc Majcher, at 6/14/2009 10:11 a.m.  

  • I can spend hours at the stationery store browsing at pens. They are not too expensive but they add up. About two years ago I read a review on a Lamy 2000 fountain pen at and decided to splurge. Since then I don't buy as many of these other pens. I told myself that since I could refill the fountain pen I would be saving money in the long run. I'm not sure how many years the break even point is but it doesn't matter because the Lamy is a pleasure to use.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/14/2009 11:06 p.m.  

  • I tried (as everybody else I guess) different pens to find out which one suits me best.
    For the last 4-5 years I've been using the basic 4-colours Bic pen. It is not the best looking pen on the market; design has not change since probably 1950 but I like it and goes with me everywhere (and you get 4 colours for good price!)


    I had Pilot before, really good pen but I found that if you carry them around (in your pocket) they have a tendency lo leak...

    By Anonymous Naro, at 6/15/2009 1:09 a.m.  

  • Marc—I keep hearing about the G-2. I purchased one and will be interested to see how it is.

    Anonymous—Lamy’s are supposed to be a delight to use—you’re lucky to have one!

    Naro—Yeah, having 4 colors in 1 is hard to beat!

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/15/2009 10:16 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Carmen, at 6/20/2009 5:08 a.m.  

  • If you can splurge, I would definitely go for the Lamy, it is indeed a pleasure to use. However, for everyday use, I suggest the Uni-ball 207 Micro. Much better than the G2. Pilot P-500 is algo a good choice for everyday. Let us know how it goes!

    By Blogger Carmen, at 6/20/2009 5:10 a.m.  

  • Thanks for the tip, Carmen. I got the Uni-ball 207 Micro, and will look for a P-500 today.

    The G2 and G-Tec-C4 seem a bit scratchy—maybe I need to get used to these needle-like nibs.

    The Uni-ball Jetstream just seems to be a ballpoint—not sure what’s so special about it.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/20/2009 9:39 a.m.  

  • Try the Pilot Precise V5 RT, my current fave. It's a retractable version of the regular Precise.

    By Blogger skippykawakami, at 6/20/2009 1:59 p.m.  

  • That V5 RT looks nice, skippykawakami. I’ll need to check it out.

    Just got a bright-green Zebra Sarasa 0.7 and a bright red Sharpie Fine. Love the bold colors.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/20/2009 4:27 p.m.  

  • The Jetstream is a ballboint...but it's wonderfully smooth with a solid line. It's wonderful to write with.

    I hear the Pilot is copying it with something called the Acroball. It doesn't seem to be available in the US yet...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/20/2009 7:50 p.m.  

  • Yeah—I’d have to agree that the Jetstream is darker and smoother than a typical ballpoint. Doesn’t hurt that it looks nice too.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 6/20/2009 9:17 p.m.  

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