Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Fab Four Sarasa Clips

I started using a new journal for work this week and a black 0.4 Sarasa was what I grabbed to start my work. I soon realized that I was not reaching for other pens like I normally do.... I had sort of found my pen nirvana for a bit. I mentioned it before that usually I change pens pretty often during the day. (by pretty often I mean a a lot)

So I tracked down all four of the flavors that I own and cleared the desk of all my pens.

I have a Google alert set for "good pens" (call it vanity) and the number one thing I see popping up is when people list out their favorite things. It's important to have favorites and I am not afraid to admit that one of my top five pens that I use and love costs around $1.85 each.

Its a combo of smooth flowing ink, a perfect roller size for me and a great selection of colors. I just cant get enough of these pens. Like Ferris Bueller said " It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."

Have a great day.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

The Sign Pen

When I did my little "only write with a fountain pen experiment in April" (code named OWWAFPEIA) I had two issues, I missed my whiteboards and I really missed using my sign pens. A quick search will show some individual reviews on most of then pens but I don't think I ever put them all in one pile to admire and I actually forgot my Sanford 20/20 here.

The Pentels are definitely my favorites. Sorry, it's just the way it is. The tip wears down to a perfectly usable stub and its rare when a pen gets better (for me) the more you use it. The Zebra is cool and the Preppy has a replaceable cartridge that I cannot wait to throw some good ink into. The Bravo (obviously) was a good one also, I need to see if I can refill this one or just buy some more.

Lists, note taking, doodling, I almost always travel with a few of these and I can always find a need. The Pentel was Time Magazines product of the year in 1963. How could you not love it?

It's hard for me to walk by these in a store and not grab a handful. They are habit forming. I might go tackle that Bravo to see if I can get some good ink flowing.

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Mystery Pen

I love getting mail from you guys and a pen finding request came through and I really want to help. (and I also want to try one of these.)

Here are the details:

It's a ballpoint pen, which is kind of unusual ... I generally prefer gel pens, or rollerballs. But there's just something about this pen. It's approximately 5 1/2" long, the blue part is rubber, so it's comfy, but not it's not padded like the Dr Grip. It's perfectly weighted. I know I could probably get a standard refill, but the ink that came with it was also superb ... it never clotted, the color was a great blue and the perfect weight and it just had an ideal, consistent inkflow.

Do you have any idea who might have made this pen? I've been back to the card shop where he bought it, but they didn't know where it came from. Any suggestions for websites/vendors to look at would be great, also the ballpoint is retractable by twisting the top half of the pen.

I do not have the foggiest idea so I am opening it up to you to unite pen and hand again. Have a great day and thanks for looking.