A writer friend of mine (okay, it’s Roy Kesey) asked his Facebook friends about their favorite pens. And this is a question that I often ask myself: What is your favorite pen? Also: Why is there no such thing as the perfect pen? And finally: Why aren’t you writing instead of trying to choose a pen to write with you moron?
Uh. Well. So what I need to do is just make a list of my favorite pens of the moment to get this garbage off my chest and just stop thinking about it. Because writing about it is actually writing, and actually writing is the thing I wanted to be doing in the first place, so next time someone asks me my favorite pen I can maybe just refer them to this list of favorite pens and not reignite the obsession that is deciding which pen to use to write about how I should be writing something besides an explainer of the best pens to use for every occasion.
1. 207 BLX Series Retractable Gel Pens, Medium Point
This is my newest favoritest pen for everyday writing. I don’t know why, but the color-infused version of the Uniball Signo 207 pens write more smoothly and consistently than the regular 207 series. My only real complaint about these pens is they are hard to find in a regular brick and mortar store. I discovered them in the Staples about six blocks from my house, but they apparently only stocked them as a tease and then stopped approximately 2 weeks after they’d begun. I hate all things Staples for this reason. They have stocked and then removed no fewer than 3 of my favorite pens. I hate them because apparently they hate me. Uh. We were talking about pens though. So I should also admit that the ink runs out on this particular pen really super fast, so when it does run out I swear a lot and poke around the Staples again and they still don’t have them and I’ll likely end up having to order them from Amazon or JetPens again.
2. Paper Mate Liquid Flair Porous Felt Tip Medium Point, Black
Speaking of loving a pen that you can’t find anywhere… this is the one. I also first discovered this at Staples (I hate you, Staples!) but they don’t carry them anymore. This has a nice writing tip that is almost perfectly suited to my long-term writing style, and doesn’t seems scratchy to me like most of the Sharpie pens do. I like a heavier line, and the medium point is perfect. Just perfect. With two provisos. Most of the time when I do find this pen, it is called an “Expresso” pen. I do not approve of calling anything expresso. Ever. Stop calling them that. And stop having two names for a pen. That is weird. Second proviso: the body of the pen itself is made of a particularly brittle plastic that never fails to crack and break and infuriate me. I should be able to run out of ink before I make the cap unusable (once they crack they often won’t stay on the damn pen). (Truthfully i haven’t purchased this particular pen in awhile for these two reasons. I would buy them almost exclusively if they didn’t have these issue. So fix these issues and you’ll have me back. Maybe. I’m fickle. You never really know. Maybe I’ll use a crayon.)
Oh no. I got through two of my favorite pens and now I think I need to stop and go write something with one of them. Maybe I’ll expand on this list later. For now, just know that I love you, and I love these two pens, and I hardly ever have them at hand. Feel free to suggest other pens to me, but please know that I do not like the Pilot G-2 so don’t suggest it. It makes me feel like I’m writing with blue blood. I do not like writing with blue blood. Ick.