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-- [http://www.43folders.com/2005/03/18/new-model-moleskine-reporter-notebooks/ Magnus] -- [http://www.43folders.com/2005/03/18/new-model-moleskine-reporter-notebooks/ Magnus]
-Pilot X-Tec-C[y] pens?+=== Pilot X-Tec-C[y] pens? ===
G-Tec-C4s are halfway decent pens, but the ink they use is terribly soluble and smears very easily (much like the G2s). On the other hand, Pilot Hi-Tec Cs are fantastic. They use a similar rollerball system as the G-TEC-C4s, but they also use a much higher-quality ink. These are the only Pilot gel pens I've found that can produce a consistent line of ink and they're the only gel pens I've found that come in .25mm, .3mm and .4mm tip sizes. For designers, they're great because the ink doesn't dissolve when it comes into contact with most markers. They're a little hard to come by though. They're only sold by Pilot in Japan and Southeast Asia. Everywhere else has to import them. To get them online, [http://www.jetpens.com/ JetPens] is a good place to start though their supply of these pens fluctuates wildly due to extremely high demand. I don't use them for day to day writing because of the expense and I like writing with a .7mm tip ([[Uni-ball 207|Uni-ball Signo 207s]] if you were wondering), but I buy them by the box for drawing. --[[User:ThePolack|ThePolack]] G-Tec-C4s are halfway decent pens, but the ink they use is terribly soluble and smears very easily (much like the G2s). On the other hand, Pilot Hi-Tec Cs are fantastic. They use a similar rollerball system as the G-TEC-C4s, but they also use a much higher-quality ink. These are the only Pilot gel pens I've found that can produce a consistent line of ink and they're the only gel pens I've found that come in .25mm, .3mm and .4mm tip sizes. For designers, they're great because the ink doesn't dissolve when it comes into contact with most markers. They're a little hard to come by though. They're only sold by Pilot in Japan and Southeast Asia. Everywhere else has to import them. To get them online, [http://www.jetpens.com/ JetPens] is a good place to start though their supply of these pens fluctuates wildly due to extremely high demand. I don't use them for day to day writing because of the expense and I like writing with a .7mm tip ([[Uni-ball 207|Uni-ball Signo 207s]] if you were wondering), but I buy them by the box for drawing. --[[User:ThePolack|ThePolack]]
-Staedtler 0.3 Liquid Ball pen [http://www.diyplanner.com/node/56]?+=== Staedtler 0.3 Liquid Ball pen [http://www.diyplanner.com/node/56]? ===
The Pilot G2 gel pen is my personal best pen in the universe. Bold, smooth lines of unvarying thickness and color. Comfortable to hold, and commodity-priced (a four-pack costs $5) so you don't flip out when you lose one. ''No'', it doesn't write upside-down or underwater -- but then, neither do I. --[[User:SFEley|SFEley]] 15:09, 13 April 2006 (EDT) The Pilot G2 gel pen is my personal best pen in the universe. Bold, smooth lines of unvarying thickness and color. Comfortable to hold, and commodity-priced (a four-pack costs $5) so you don't flip out when you lose one. ''No'', it doesn't write upside-down or underwater -- but then, neither do I. --[[User:SFEley|SFEley]] 15:09, 13 April 2006 (EDT)
-Fisher Stowaway - good for hipster pda or smaller moleskines+=== Fisher Stowaway - good for hipster pda or smaller moleskines ===
-Inka - looks good, haven't tried one+=== Inka - looks good, haven't tried one ===
For years, the Fisher Space Pen was my pen of choice. Writes on anything, anywhere, anytime. Small enough to place in a pocket (which, when I was in my 20s, was really my only storage take along space) and useful for those scribbles on the fly. Then, several years ago, I started in with fountain pens. Love them. Not really portable, unless you have a poke to carry them around, or you actually have a desk to work at (I've never actually had one at work). But, my gosh, what a nice feeling to write with liquid ink. To have to care about how I make the letters in a word. I have become a handwriter again after many years of typing on the computer/pda/thumbboard. Levenger is my favorite source, although I only have two right now because 1) I really can't spend the money on any more, and 2) I only have two hands, so only two pens. My appreciation of being able to cross out things on my 'tasks' list is so much more with dark green ink. - Benjamin For years, the Fisher Space Pen was my pen of choice. Writes on anything, anywhere, anytime. Small enough to place in a pocket (which, when I was in my 20s, was really my only storage take along space) and useful for those scribbles on the fly. Then, several years ago, I started in with fountain pens. Love them. Not really portable, unless you have a poke to carry them around, or you actually have a desk to work at (I've never actually had one at work). But, my gosh, what a nice feeling to write with liquid ink. To have to care about how I make the letters in a word. I have become a handwriter again after many years of typing on the computer/pda/thumbboard. Levenger is my favorite source, although I only have two right now because 1) I really can't spend the money on any more, and 2) I only have two hands, so only two pens. My appreciation of being able to cross out things on my 'tasks' list is so much more with dark green ink. - Benjamin
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 +=== Pilot Vpen Disposable Fountain Pen ===
 +
 +Advantages
 +
 + * Ink flows until the last drop, unlike my Parker Frontier fountain pen
 + * Ink is jet black
 + * It's cheap (so I buy 4 at a time)
 + * It has a window showing how much ink is left
 + * When it runs out, just throw the pen away
 +
 +Disadvantages
 +
 + * Ink can be a bit runny
 + * Other people will be continually asking "Where did you get that pen?"
== places to buy good pens == == places to buy good pens ==

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(Should I move this text to pen ?)

Contents

Pen features

(Currently no single pen has all these features ... is it even possible for a pen to have all these features ?)

Crucial features:

  • "aesthetically pleasing"
  • place where you grip "feels right" (rather than "slippery" or "painfully hard and angular"). (Some stores sell soft little round or triangular "sleeves" (?) to give any pen a nice grip).
  • dark black ink (rather than the medium gray of cheap pens)
  • ink dries quickly
  • clear window to see how much ink is left
  • nice even line width (ball point pens and roller-ball pens and ball-tip fountain pens)
  • smoothly varying line width (chisel tip fountain pens) (nice for calligraphy)
  • ink lasts "long enough" (?)

Other interesting features:

  • short: under 5" long, to fit in wallet or clip to side of Hipster PDA
  • ink is permanent (doesn't wash out if paper gets rained on) (-- but also see the "waterproof notebook" mentioned on Notebooks )
  • ink can wipe off laminated cards. ( "One thing you could do for repeating task lists (like weekly household chores) to save paper and time and cut down on clutter: laminate and use a wipe-off pen. That way, you go through your periodic checklist and just “clear” when you’re ready to start again. Add extra lines at the bottom for non-repeating tasks." -- Tully Monster )
  • writes upside down (I hear that all erasable ink pens can write upside down)
  • refillable ink
  • ...

The difference between roller-ball pens and ball-point pens and gel-ink pens is ...

... retractable tip pens vs. pens with caps ...

particular pens

(If this section grows too large, split out onto its own page(s). )

"Pilot G-TEC-C4 pens, anyone else tried them?" -- Magnus

Pilot X-Tec-C[y] pens?

G-Tec-C4s are halfway decent pens, but the ink they use is terribly soluble and smears very easily (much like the G2s). On the other hand, Pilot Hi-Tec Cs are fantastic. They use a similar rollerball system as the G-TEC-C4s, but they also use a much higher-quality ink. These are the only Pilot gel pens I've found that can produce a consistent line of ink and they're the only gel pens I've found that come in .25mm, .3mm and .4mm tip sizes. For designers, they're great because the ink doesn't dissolve when it comes into contact with most markers. They're a little hard to come by though. They're only sold by Pilot in Japan and Southeast Asia. Everywhere else has to import them. To get them online, JetPens is a good place to start though their supply of these pens fluctuates wildly due to extremely high demand. I don't use them for day to day writing because of the expense and I like writing with a .7mm tip (Uni-ball Signo 207s if you were wondering), but I buy them by the box for drawing. --ThePolack

Staedtler 0.3 Liquid Ball pen [1]?

The Pilot G2 gel pen is my personal best pen in the universe. Bold, smooth lines of unvarying thickness and color. Comfortable to hold, and commodity-priced (a four-pack costs $5) so you don't flip out when you lose one. No, it doesn't write upside-down or underwater -- but then, neither do I. --SFEley 15:09, 13 April 2006 (EDT)

Fisher Stowaway - good for hipster pda or smaller moleskines

Inka - looks good, haven't tried one

For years, the Fisher Space Pen was my pen of choice. Writes on anything, anywhere, anytime. Small enough to place in a pocket (which, when I was in my 20s, was really my only storage take along space) and useful for those scribbles on the fly. Then, several years ago, I started in with fountain pens. Love them. Not really portable, unless you have a poke to carry them around, or you actually have a desk to work at (I've never actually had one at work). But, my gosh, what a nice feeling to write with liquid ink. To have to care about how I make the letters in a word. I have become a handwriter again after many years of typing on the computer/pda/thumbboard. Levenger is my favorite source, although I only have two right now because 1) I really can't spend the money on any more, and 2) I only have two hands, so only two pens. My appreciation of being able to cross out things on my 'tasks' list is so much more with dark green ink. - Benjamin

Pilot Vpen Disposable Fountain Pen

Advantages

* Ink flows until the last drop, unlike my Parker Frontier fountain pen
* Ink is jet black
* It's cheap (so I buy 4 at a time)
* It has a window showing how much ink is left
* When it runs out, just throw the pen away

Disadvantages

* Ink can be a bit runny
* Other people will be continually asking "Where did you get that pen?"

places to buy good pens

Some places to get a variety of fountain pens (in no particular order):

(Woefully incomplete ... am I going to regret starting this list ? I don't really want to list a pen store in every city on the planet ...)

pen companies

Alphabetically

See also




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