I looked down at my desk and found out I was pretty happy with the 5 pens that I have been keeping inked up and alive. Five is a really good "everyday at the office" number for me. Starting left to right:
1. Pentel Sign Pen. (.42 cents or so)
I buy these by the 12 pack from Amazon. If I need to scribble details on a call or meeting, I grab this. Writes big, fat, sloppy and is guaranteed to write. AK-47... not built for precision, but built to work, regardless.
2. 0.5 Pentel mechanical non pen. ($4.00)
I generally prefer a .04, but I also prefer that I can heavy hand it and the lead will not snap. I use the Lamy lead refills. They are a little more expensive, but for some reason they work out better for me.
3. Pilot G-6 07. (5.00)
kidding, seriously, did you just meet me? OK, it's a G-7 body with a Zebra .04 refill in it. I have a small trick that I use to make it better and will go over in another post. But comfort wise... I am happiest here.
4. Hero 616. ($1.00)
Yes, there are two fountain pens here. This one stays filled with Thornton's Luxury Goods Black ink. Never gets cleaned... just refilled. I tweaked the nib to where it's somewhere between a fine and a medium and it's juicy. Not good for cheap paper, but good for my better notebooks. If someone asks me about this pen, I usually give it away to them and buy these by the 12 pack.
5. Pilot Penmanship. ($.8.00)
Extra fine goodness, I swear this would write on toilet paper without bleeding. I think it's a refilled cartridge with Parker's Super Quink but I am not sure. I just simply love it and have used this one for 3 or 4 years now consistently.
I do realize that these 5 pens are fairly inexpensive, but I don't mind that at all. These 5 will get me through 99% of my writing needs and I can easily replace them (by going to my stash) where I have backups.