I’ve almost bled my current pen dry.
Oh. Right. You’re reading this on on screen. Sorry. A little background will help. I handwrite all my journals. There is something satisfying about scratching out my thoughts on paper, something ritualistic about it. I’m sure I’m romanticizing it by giving it an almost religious quality, but I’m a writer. We are prone to the flights of fancy. Give me a break.
I’m always amazed that I handwrite enough to empty so many pens. I shouldn’t be. I mean, I write every day. I fill a moleskine notebook each month. I guess it’s surprising because for the longest time, starting in college, I used my computer to write, and so a pen would last years. Hell, a pen would have lasted my whole college career if I hadn’t lost them.
(or found one we liked better. and then another. and then another . . .)
Yeah. I do have a thing for stuff, don’t I? Always looking for that perfect [fill in the blank]. Still haven’t found the perfect pen though. Some have come very close. Not “the one” though, because what I like is not easy to come by. I like a very fine tipped ball point.
For a while I was happy with the Bic Accountant. I guess those ledgers have very small boxes so the pens had to have very fine lines for the numbers to fit. But, Bic quit making them. While they are still available, they were bought up and are being sold at ridiculous prices—$50 for a box of 12. So I switched to their closest cousin, the Bic Orange, but they’re not extra fine. There are lots of gel based pens that are extra fine, which I’ve tried, but there’s something about the ink that just doesn’t work. The next round of my Amazon search brought me the Xeno Shinzi Katoh Monpeluche, a cute little pen with a very fine point. It worked like a charm. At first. Then nib after nib broke. I don’t know if they are just too fine for their own good, or if I’m too heavy handed, or maybe both. I broke 4 of the 6 I used and gave up. Then I found my current pen, the Pentel Arts Hybrid Technica, which comes in a variety of points, my favorite being the .3mm. It’s a good pen. So far.
(we haven’t killed any of the pentels yet.)
No, but this is only the first one I’ve used. It’s true though, the nib didn’t break like the Monpeluche. Thing is, I don’t care for the design, feel, or cap on this pen.
Yeah. Caps play a factor. I like pens that don’t have caps because I use a grip to better hold/control the pen. If there’s a cap I have to shift the grip from end to end every time I use/put it away. It’s not just a pain, it also stretches out the grip, which, over time, starts to fall off.
I know. I know. It’s nit-picky. I’m a nit-picky guy. I also know that in all likelihood I’ll be damned to always being almost there when it comes to my writing implements.
(we could use a mechanical pencil. we did for a stint there after college.)
Yeah. That’s an option. Yet, for some unknown reason I feel compelled to keep searching. The quest for the Holy Pen! I know I can find it, just like I found THE moleskine notebooks, THE Yeti Ramble, THE Bose QC35 II. . . THE Pen is out there!
(okay, keep your shirt on. but perhaps there aren’t many ultra fine ballpoint pens because the nib is too fine to let enough ink flow. or there’s not enough demand.)
Or maybe I just haven’t searched enough. A cursory glance at the top few hits on Amazon is pretty lazy research.
(true. as is our equally flippant google search.)
I could complain about it on the internet and see if any white knight comes to the aid of this damsel in distress. Hmm. . .
“UH!” . . . *faints\*
(oh the humanity! overcome by the vapors! won’t someone help him?)