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Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on November 16, 2011, 04:49:58 AM
I've been thinking about what my most used EDC items are and came to the conclusion that that are my pens. Yes, in this modern, digital day and age I still write a lot by hand, every day. After a lot of pens I've tried I finally have a working setup that hasn't changed in years now. My most used is the Parker Vector SS rollerball. I've been using it for over 5 years now and have never had anything that writes so smoothly. It lives in my pencil case together with a Parker Classic mechanical pencil (great pencil, a bit slimmer than a Jotter and it never clogs, breaks leds), a Lamy Linea ballpoint (for writing on papers that the rollerball doesn't do so well, only downside, those M16 refills are expensive and hard to get around here), an old SS multipen (red, blue, green and black - I don't know the maker but it's a solid pen), a Staedtler permanent marker and an Uniball Signo red pen for correcting papers. That's my work pens. For regular EDC I have a Zebra telescopic pen clipped to my pocket and a Zebra T3 inside my wallet just in case.

A lot of pens, ha? (that's not counting the ones in my EDC organizer, I'll get to that later, with pics)

Well what are your most used or favorite pens? Pictures would be welcome.

Nikola
Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Accujohn on November 16, 2011, 05:49:44 AM
Ive carried 1 pen for a few years... Its a stainless steel benchmade. I lose pens, but not this one (heavy) and it clips to my pocket as secure as a knife with clip.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Flying Dutchman on November 16, 2011, 06:11:25 AM
I do a lot of writing out doors and in doors, I just carry a Pilot G-knock. Simple, cheap and gets the job done.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: edcgear on November 16, 2011, 07:08:10 AM
Nice idea... Maybe you should add notebook... Not everyone carry Moleskine or Rite In Rain... And PICS  :pok: :pok:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Sazabi on November 16, 2011, 02:23:16 PM
While not my favorite pen, it's the one I always have on me if I'm wearing a belt; I have an Inka pen attached to my Victorinox belt hanger; that, in conjunction with a homemade writing pad leaves me set for any writing and jotting needs. :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: edcgear on November 16, 2011, 02:36:19 PM
Pics  :pok: :pok:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Sazabi on November 16, 2011, 02:44:44 PM
Pics  :pok: :pok:

My writing pad is just a single piece of printer paper folded over several times, stapled, and with the edges barely trimmed so as to get individual leafs. :P
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Mr. Whippy on November 16, 2011, 02:49:01 PM
My pen EDC consists of :

1 circa 1980 Cross ballpoint (engraved)
2 circa 1987 Cross ballpoint (engraved)
3 Victorinox SAK pen

The first 2 were gifts.  For years I just kept them "for nice".  After my father died, I decided they were designed to be used, and by God I was going to enjoy using them
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: edcgear on November 16, 2011, 02:55:31 PM
Pics  :pok: :pok:

My writing pad is just a single piece of printer paper folded over several times, stapled, and with the edges barely trimmed so as to get individual leafs. :P

Well we want to see haw did you fold and cut that paper....  :D :D :P :pok: :pok:

Are the edges aligned, did you use one,two or more staples, which size... A lot of things to see on folded paper!!  :D :D :D :P :P
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: nuphoria on November 16, 2011, 03:06:39 PM
Big fan of Zebra, and have several of their stainless steel ones knocking around. In my mini EDC organiser I tend to keep a black Space Pen.

My "good" pen is a Waterman rollerball which was given to me as a present when I started university - I passed all my exams using it so I think it's magic :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: edcgear on November 16, 2011, 03:11:09 PM
Big fan of Zebra, and have several of their stainless steel ones knocking around. In my mini EDC organiser I tend to keep a black Space Pen.

My "good" pen is a Waterman rollerball which was given to me as a present when I started university - I passed all my exams using it so I think it's magic :D

Please loan that one to me...  :D :D :tu: :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: AimlessWanderer on November 16, 2011, 03:12:21 PM
With pens and lighters I don't tend to carry good stuff - too much maintenance and chance of loss or damage. I've normally just got a cheapo pen of sorts - whatever happens to be kicking around really. I do have others in place as back up though:

Inka Pen on Gadget Ring
Fisher Stowaway in Wallet
Rite-In-The-Rain pen in Mini EDC Organiser
Victorinox Manager on car keys
True Utility Tele-pen in Micro Tool Tin

These aren't carried all the time, but I do like to have at least one of these on hand (or close by) as a reserve option
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: sawman on November 16, 2011, 03:56:47 PM
I use a black fisher bullet space pen and carry it often.  It's the best value for the $ and still writes after many years.
Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Accujohn on November 16, 2011, 05:24:54 PM
I use a black fisher bullet space pen and carry it often.  It's the best value for the $ and still writes after many years.

My benchmade steel pen uses a space pen cartridge also. If my son didnt keep borrowing it to draw it would probably last years too.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: edcgear on November 16, 2011, 08:21:44 PM
This is what I have:

- zebra 701 modded w/fisher reffil
- zebra 701 modded w/pencil 0,5
- sharpie ss marker
- notebook ruled cheapo



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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on November 16, 2011, 10:10:52 PM
Ok, here are my usual crappy pics.

(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/pernica.jpg)

and how they write from left to right

(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/PB160084.jpg)

The Zebras that ride in my pocket(Telescopic-collapsed and extended) and wallet (T3), plus the Uniball for size reference.

(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/edc.jpg)

The thing I like about the Zebras and the multipen is they all use the same refill (4-pack for $1.30 at my local pen and paper store) - The T3's opening was a bit narrow by a few microns but i fixed that with the SAK awl.

(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/rastavljeno.jpg)

next to that I have a few pens and pencils in my EDC Organiser too.

(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/PB160078.jpg)

Pilot Frixion Erasable rollerball, regular pen wrapped with thread for bindings documents, Zebra TS3 mechanical pencil, Schneider Base Ball (left)

Schneider Corry, no name backup red pen, pencil wrapped in Scotch tape, and duct tape. (right)

I wanted to get the Fisher Bullit for a long time until I discovered the Zebra telescopic pen. Never thuoght about it since. I think it tops it on a number of things. It has a solid pocketclip that won't fall of. It is very pocketable yet expands to full size in just a second, there is no cap to loose and the refills for it are a bargain and easily available. Sure, it doesn't write upside down, but that's no biggie for me  :D


As for notebooks, I use a cheap $0,20 notebook. It serves me well.
(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/PB160080.jpg)(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/PB160081.jpg)

I tried the PocketMod and it's a great idea, but I haven't made a new one in a long time.
http://repocketmod.com/repm/en/ (http://repocketmod.com/repm/en/)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Dtrain on November 21, 2011, 02:33:10 PM
I have had excellent service and luck with a Fisher Space Pen...I have been carrying one fro almost 9 years
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CMUtuba on December 25, 2011, 05:34:56 PM
After reading way too much about pens, I have decided to get a fisher bullet. Now my only question is which finish is going to hold up better? I am looking at either the matte black, or the chrome finish. I honestly prefer the look of the black, but the pen is going to be in my pockets with keys and all sorts of goodies to make it look ugly in no time. Has anyone noticed one finish lasting longer than the others? Thanks!
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Dtrain on December 25, 2011, 05:44:50 PM
I have the Chrome Finish...After 9 Years in my pocket it has seen it's better days in the Finish Dept...but still as serviceable as the day I purchased her in a Pilot Truckstop the first day I started as a Driver Trainee at Swift Transportation!
Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: tattoosteve99 on December 25, 2011, 06:39:55 PM
I use a fisher bullet pen black and a modded zebra m-701 shorty. I love em both.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: AimlessWanderer on December 28, 2011, 11:32:34 PM
I have a couple of new writing implements thanks to that fat bloke in red who rides reindeers  :tu:

First up ...

(http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Cleo-Messograf.jpg)

 ... the Messograph by Cleo Skribent (not my pic - obviously)

Well this pen truly belongs here at MTO, not only can you scribble on stuff, but the clip acts a vernier caliper using the rule stamped in the barrel of the pen, a tyre depth guage using a seperate scale near the nib, and a ... errmmm ... pocket clip  :tu: There's also a reference chart on the back on the pen which gives tapping drill sizes for metric threads from M2 to M20.

The caliper seems quite useful despite the small jaws, and opens to almost 3.1/2" (88.5mm to be precise). The readout on the metric scale is to 0.1mm, but I haven't had chance to test the accuracy on this yet. The Imperial rule doen't have a vernier scale, and just reads in 1/16ths. As for the pen functions, it writes perfectly fine but the ergonomics are utterly horrible. The rhomboid cross section and high sheen finish make it quite difficult to grip and use - well for me anyway. Maybe I just haven't found a grip that works well for me yet  :think:

As a back up pen / tool for a organiser kit or glove compartment, I think this is a very novel and interesting item which would be perfectly fine for occasional use. For everyday use - find something else. Mine is definitely heading for the car kit  :tu:

Next up ...

(http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Tombow-Airpress.jpg)

... the Tombow Airpress (nope, not my pic either)

This is a kind of "space pen" alternative which doesn't use pressurised cartridges. Instead the action of deploying and retracting the nib actually pressurises the refi - each click apparently pressurising the pen for 150m of writing. Clever, eh? Seems to work quite well too, but in real terms I haven't got a clue what 150m of writing equates to ... never mind, if the ink flow falters, two clicks and you're back up and running again.

The grip is quite chunky on this - chunkier than I'm used to and again feels a little awkward at this stage. This pen isn't slippy though and stays in your grip quite well. The clip on this is very nice in that it lifts quite far away from the body of the pen. Sometimes you can end up straining the clip on a pen on some pockets - not with this clip though. It does sacrifice a little in the way of clip strength for this, but I think it would be secure enough for most people. There's also an eyelet for people who like their pens on lanyards. This one is destined for the EDC bag alongside the Vic Swisstool and all the other goodies that come to the rescue when "normal stuff" fails  ;)

I'm very happy with both these items. Neither of them are EDC material for me - but I'm very happy to own them, and they'll be playing a part in my overall kit for certain  :D :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Craig on December 29, 2011, 09:57:18 PM
(http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/content/ebiz/wilkinsonplus/invt/0285568/0285568_l.jpg)



At about 25p - 40p each (depending on where you get them)I've found these zebra pencils impressive. They look like wooden pencils but are actually mechanical.

Some of the designs are a bit loud (there are 2 plain ones per pack of 10 in the ones I've bought)  but at the price they're great value. I think the plain ones are sold as the Zebra Number 2 in some countries.

My local branch of Wilko sells them  :)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Zed on December 29, 2011, 10:02:18 PM
I have a couple of new writing implements thanks to that fat bloke in red who rides reindeers  :tu:

First up ...

(http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Cleo-Messograf.jpg)

 ... the Messograph by Cleo Skribent (not my pic - obviously)

Well this pen truly belongs here at MTO, not only can you scribble on stuff, but the clip acts a vernier caliper using the rule stamped in the barrel of the pen, a tyre depth guage using a seperate scale near the nib, and a ... errmmm ... pocket clip  :tu: There's also a reference chart on the back on the pen which gives tapping drill sizes for metric threads from M2 to M20.

The caliper seems quite useful despite the small jaws, and opens to almost 3.1/2" (88.5mm to be precise). The readout on the metric scale is to 0.1mm, but I haven't had chance to test the accuracy on this yet. The Imperial rule doen't have a vernier scale, and just reads in 1/16ths. As for the pen functions, it writes perfectly fine but the ergonomics are utterly horrible. The rhomboid cross section and high sheen finish make it quite difficult to grip and use - well for me anyway. Maybe I just haven't found a grip that works well for me yet  :think:

As a back up pen / tool for a organiser kit or glove compartment, I think this is a very novel and interesting item which would be perfectly fine for occasional use. For everyday use - find something else. Mine is definitely heading for the car kit  :tu:

Next up ...

(http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Tombow-Airpress.jpg)

... the Tombow Airpress (nope, not my pic either)

This is a kind of "space pen" alternative which doesn't use pressurised cartridges. Instead the action of deploying and retracting the nib actually pressurises the refi - each click apparently pressurising the pen for 150m of writing. Clever, eh? Seems to work quite well too, but in real terms I haven't got a clue what 150m of writing equates to ... never mind, if the ink flow falters, two clicks and you're back up and running again.

The grip is quite chunky on this - chunkier than I'm used to and again feels a little awkward at this stage. This pen isn't slippy though and stays in your grip quite well. The clip on this is very nice in that it lifts quite far away from the body of the pen. Sometimes you can end up straining the clip on a pen on some pockets - not with this clip though. It does sacrifice a little in the way of clip strength for this, but I think it would be secure enough for most people. There's also an eyelet for people who like their pens on lanyards. This one is destined for the EDC bag alongside the Vic Swisstool and all the other goodies that come to the rescue when "normal stuff" fails  ;)

I'm very happy with both these items. Neither of them are EDC material for me - but I'm very happy to own them, and they'll be playing a part in my overall kit for certain  :D :D

Al you will have to let us know what you think about the airpress as they seem a bargain, HH have them as i was looking this am, im not really into pens but use one a lot at work but tend to use cheapes as they get lost a lot or pinched  :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: nuphoria on December 29, 2011, 11:36:38 PM
After reading way too much about pens, I have decided to get a fisher bullet. Now my only question is which finish is going to hold up better? I am looking at either the matte black, or the chrome finish. I honestly prefer the look of the black, but the pen is going to be in my pockets with keys and all sorts of goodies to make it look ugly in no time. Has anyone noticed one finish lasting longer than the others? Thanks!

I've had a mat black one for a good while now - not a mark on it. I prefer the matt for it's grippiness.
Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: tattoosteve99 on January 01, 2012, 04:47:06 PM
I have a couple of new writing implements thanks to that fat bloke in red who rides reindeers  :tu:

First up ...

(http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Cleo-Messograf.jpg)

 ... the Messograph by Cleo Skribent (not my pic - obviously)

Well this pen truly belongs here at MTO, not only can you scribble on stuff, but the clip acts a vernier caliper using the rule stamped in the barrel of the pen, a tyre depth guage using a seperate scale near the nib, and a ... errmmm ... pocket clip  :tu: There's also a reference chart on the back on the pen which gives tapping drill sizes for metric threads from M2 to M20.

The caliper seems quite useful despite the small jaws, and opens to almost 3.1/2" (88.5mm to be precise). The readout on the metric scale is to 0.1mm, but I haven't had chance to test the accuracy on this yet. The Imperial rule doen't have a vernier scale, and just reads in 1/16ths. As for the pen functions, it writes perfectly fine but the ergonomics are utterly horrible. The rhomboid cross section and high sheen finish make it quite difficult to grip and use - well for me anyway. Maybe I just haven't found a grip that works well for me yet  :think:

As a back up pen / tool for a organiser kit or glove compartment, I think this is a very novel and interesting item which would be perfectly fine for occasional use. For everyday use - find something else. Mine is definitely heading for the car kit  :tu:

Next up ...

(http://www.cultpens.com/acatalog/Tombow-Airpress.jpg)

... the Tombow Airpress (nope, not my pic either)

This is a kind of "space pen" alternative which doesn't use pressurised cartridges. Instead the action of deploying and retracting the nib actually pressurises the refi - each click apparently pressurising the pen for 150m of writing. Clever, eh? Seems to work quite well too, but in real terms I haven't got a clue what 150m of writing equates to ... never mind, if the ink flow falters, two clicks and you're back up and running again.

The grip is quite chunky on this - chunkier than I'm used to and again feels a little awkward at this stage. This pen isn't slippy though and stays in your grip quite well. The clip on this is very nice in that it lifts quite far away from the body of the pen. Sometimes you can end up straining the clip on a pen on some pockets - not with this clip though. It does sacrifice a little in the way of clip strength for this, but I think it would be secure enough for most people. There's also an eyelet for people who like their pens on lanyards. This one is destined for the EDC bag alongside the Vic Swisstool and all the other goodies that come to the rescue when "normal stuff" fails  ;)

I'm very happy with both these items. Neither of them are EDC material for me - but I'm very happy to own them, and they'll be playing a part in my overall kit for certain  :D :D

I like that "multi" pen. Mmm they make it in black, and sell in the US?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Woz on January 05, 2012, 02:24:14 PM
I have lots of Zebra pens, they are my favorites by far. F 301, G 301, F701, F301 compact, and mechanical pencils.

I even like my Kaweco Sport fountain pen, es well as amy Pilot Petit 1 fountain pens.

In my office we have Pentel EnerGel pens. Great for office work as they are good and cheap enough to lend them to clients and coworkers.

I always have a stainless steel Sharpie in my workbag for flipcharts and presentations, but it does not see much use, as I hardly ever have to do that kind of stuff.

Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: BenH on January 08, 2012, 03:29:23 AM
I have a couple of new writing implements thanks to that fat bloke in red who rides reindeers  :tu:

First up ...

<snip>

 ... the Messograph by Cleo Skribent (not my pic - obviously)

Well this pen truly belongs here at MTO, not only can you scribble on stuff, but the clip acts a vernier caliper using the rule stamped in the barrel of the pen, a tyre depth guage using a seperate scale near the nib, and a ... errmmm ... pocket clip  :tu: There's also a reference chart on the back on the pen which gives tapping drill sizes for metric threads from M2 to M20.

The caliper seems quite useful despite the small jaws, and opens to almost 3.1/2" (88.5mm to be precise). The readout on the metric scale is to 0.1mm, but I haven't had chance to test the accuracy on this yet. The Imperial rule doen't have a vernier scale, and just reads in 1/16ths. As for the pen functions, it writes perfectly fine but the ergonomics are utterly horrible. The rhomboid cross section and high sheen finish make it quite difficult to grip and use - well for me anyway. Maybe I just haven't found a grip that works well for me yet  :think:

As a back up pen / tool for a organiser kit or glove compartment, I think this is a very novel and interesting item which would be perfectly fine for occasional use. For everyday use - find something else. Mine is definitely heading for the car kit  :tu:

Next up ...

<snip>

... the Tombow Airpress (nope, not my pic either)

This is a kind of "space pen" alternative which doesn't use pressurised cartridges. Instead the action of deploying and retracting the nib actually pressurises the refi - each click apparently pressurising the pen for 150m of writing. Clever, eh? Seems to work quite well too, but in real terms I haven't got a clue what 150m of writing equates to ... never mind, if the ink flow falters, two clicks and you're back up and running again.

The grip is quite chunky on this - chunkier than I'm used to and again feels a little awkward at this stage. This pen isn't slippy though and stays in your grip quite well. The clip on this is very nice in that it lifts quite far away from the body of the pen. Sometimes you can end up straining the clip on a pen on some pockets - not with this clip though. It does sacrifice a little in the way of clip strength for this, but I think it would be secure enough for most people. There's also an eyelet for people who like their pens on lanyards. This one is destined for the EDC bag alongside the Vic Swisstool and all the other goodies that come to the rescue when "normal stuff" fails  ;)

I'm very happy with both these items. Neither of them are EDC material for me - but I'm very happy to own them, and they'll be playing a part in my overall kit for certain  :D :D

Al you will have to let us know what you think about the airpress as they seem a bargain, HH have them as i was looking this am, im not really into pens but use one a lot at work but tend to use cheapes as they get lost a lot or pinched  :D

I've got a Messograf not six inches from my left elbow :) They're neat things, nice and weighty and pretty useful. I used the calipers to measure some parts when I was building a bike and found them pretty spot on to 0.1mm. Their usefulness is slightly limited by their short jaws, but hey - it's also a pen. I wish it had a stronger spring, or a twist action because I can't keep it in a trouser pocket because it opens itself, which is a bit annoying. I also wish Schmidt would sell their mechanical pencil internals to the public because they are designed to fit the same space as a Parker refill, and I'd prefer this as a pencil, but they only seem to sell them to penmakers.

I also firmly believe that all gadget fans who write regularly should try a Sheaffer Snorkel - I've had one for about a year now and it writes better than anything I've tried (Parker 51 level easily), and has an entirely madcap filling system with an extendy tubey bit that sucks up ink.

Diagram:
(http://www.pentrace.net/RB_images/snork_fill_1.jpg)

Photo:
(http://jilmcintosh.typepad.com/photos/pen_collection/sheaffer-snorkel-mechanism.jpg)

Snorkel + Noodler's Bulletproof Black = perfection

Ben
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Heinz Doofenshmirtz on January 20, 2012, 09:41:04 PM
I can't believe I didn't see this thread before!

As an academic, I do a LOT of writing... particularly in red!!!   :rofl:

So, I'm awfully picky about my writing instruments. 

That said, I've found that the best solution for me is a quality disposable.  By far, I prefer Uni-Ball "Signo" pens, with the micro tip.  My handwriting is small and they're the only super-finepoint pen I've ever tried that doesn't gum up at the tip, leaving little globs of ink behind, and is fine point enough for my writing.  I've tried expensive and custom made high-end pens, but none of them so far have been as good as the Signos I've come to love.

I'm teaching at a small liberal arts college now, and have small classes, but when I was teaching at the University of California, and had much larger class sizes, I used to have to buy red pens by the box...  I would literally go through a box of a dozen red pens each school year.   Even if there was something like a high end Fisher or Parker that had the writing characteristics that work for me, I'd never be able to keep up with all the refills I'd go through.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MTguy on January 20, 2012, 10:03:33 PM
For the last year or so I've been carrying a parker IM and a uniball pen. As for pencils I carry a mechanical zebra.

I have 2 fisher bullets on the way so I'm looking forward to carrying those. I got one in desert tan and one in black.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on January 20, 2012, 10:59:42 PM

As an academic, I do a LOT of writing... particularly in red!!!   :rofl:

...  By far, I prefer Uni-Ball "Signo" pens, with the micro tip.  ...

 :D  Different continents, similar jobs,  same tastes in RED.


(http://i493.photobucket.com/albums/rr294/nickpong/edc.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on January 20, 2012, 11:01:49 PM
double post.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: SharpScott on February 07, 2012, 04:16:18 AM
Currently rocking a Countycomm Rev.2 Stainless Steel Embassy pen. It's just great in every aspect. I've also got a Papermate tri-grip on me and a cheap freebie pen which both serve as my giveaway/not too fussed about pens.

Handed someone my Embassy pen the other day after talking about "heavy" pens. Think I might have changed their minds about what "heavy" really is  ;)

Scott.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: blooper on January 19, 2014, 11:14:17 AM
I'm a graphic designer and illustrator. So pens are all over the place. My most commonly carried is a Bic med ball point black. Its a nice bold black stroke and its really light. Plus they're around 10¢ a stick. So I loan them out when people ask instead of giving them my zebras. I used to carry a sharpie ultrafine black. But they bleed too much.

In my case is a graphgear 500, clicky eraser and a Japanese brush pen. I should take some photos.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: microbe on January 23, 2014, 09:21:34 PM
I have a couple of favorite writing tools, some for their great writing, some for their great design, and some for both features. All time favorite write swung: Parker Roller Ball.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: mrynnr on January 23, 2014, 09:25:10 PM
One of my favorite pencils off all time is the Sharp Kerry. I wish they made a pen version with space pen refills.


Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on January 23, 2014, 09:30:47 PM
I have a couple of favorite writing tools, some for their great writing, some for their great design, and some for both features. All time favorite write swung: Parker Roller Ball.

+1

Parker Vector Roller Ball in stainless steel has been my go to writing tool since 2006. Got quite a few compliments on how smooth it writes from people that borrowed it.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on January 23, 2014, 11:30:47 PM
Here's a pic of most of my pens, there's a few custom built ones in there, like the 6" bolt, or all the blue ones, one in which was a awl, and the other four which are made from crochet needles, but my fav are the zebra 701's. All are diff, I changed out the inks and also made one into a pencil. Sorry the pics ain't to good, it's only my ipad, JR
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/b835c07a8d6f4cc7d6083cda94e43901_zps1cfc9dd0.jpg)(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/Justins%20Projects/pen4.jpg)(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v196/mrssabrina/Justins%20Projects/pen5.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Wilfried on January 23, 2014, 11:47:41 PM
I've been using the Mitsubishi uni-ball for many years and still do.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: JAfromMn on January 24, 2014, 04:19:43 AM
I've had this custom made 4000year old bog oak bolt action on me every day after work since I got it.

(http://i1211.photobucket.com/albums/cc421/JAfromMn/temporary_zps10aff14e.jpg)

I just take junk pens to work. I lose em to quick lol
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Post by: dmanuel on January 24, 2014, 07:08:34 AM
Montblanc Starwalker, Cross Classic, Inka

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e118/dmanuel/EDC/DSC_08503_zps59518bb0.jpg~original)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on January 24, 2014, 01:22:59 PM
One of my Parkers fountain pens.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/24/aba4u9ap.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/24/zu8ynyha.jpg)
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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Cupboard on January 24, 2014, 02:17:53 PM
I've been using a Uniball Power Tank for the last 6 months or so.

(http://www.uniball.co.uk/getdoc/7b887d99-88dd-44e1-8d86-df21dfd51450/NodeAlias.aspx)

They're pressurised and waterproof like a Space Pen but 1/10th the price. It's tough, I've had it in my pocket pretty much constantly, and it will write on things most other ball points won't.

Performance is good and it's cheap enough that I won't cry for too long if it goes walkies.


Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Sazabi on January 24, 2014, 02:50:51 PM
I still use Zebra F-301s; while I did get a SS Embassy pen, it ended up going to my Uncle, and I grossly underestimated the size of my Fisher Stowaway, which just sits on my desk, too small to carry.  I'm still looking for a decent upgrade for my pens, though, not that I have any real need to upgrade. :/
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: lowtech on January 24, 2014, 07:44:56 PM
I've been using a Uniball Power Tank for the last 6 months or so.

(http://www.uniball.co.uk/getdoc/7b887d99-88dd-44e1-8d86-df21dfd51450/NodeAlias.aspx)

They're pressurised and waterproof like a Space Pen but 1/10th the price. It's tough, I've had it in my pocket pretty much constantly, and it will write on things most other ball points won't.

Performance is good and it's cheap enough that I won't cry for too long if it goes walkies.

I wanted to write quite exactly the same.
At work, more expensive Pens tend to get borrowed for, well ever.
The Uni Ball has a good grip, writes smooth and is really cheap compared to the Space Pen or Diplomat Spacetecs i also own.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on January 24, 2014, 10:42:19 PM
This blog has really good mechanical pencil reviews. Go here for advice on which one to get:

http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.ca/
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Post by: enki_ck on January 24, 2014, 10:51:38 PM
This blog has really good mechanical pencil reviews. Go here for advice on which one to get:

http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.ca/

Yes, it does. :tu: I've had it bookmarked for a long time now. Really good stuff.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: mrynnr on January 24, 2014, 10:54:48 PM
I can't believe there's a thread on my other addiction lol


Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on January 24, 2014, 10:57:09 PM
I can't believe there's a thread on my other addiction lol

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: microbe on January 24, 2014, 11:09:56 PM
Parker Frontier Matte Black ballpoint and mechanical pencil
(https://scontent-a-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1385854_10152707175826664_2140445092_n.jpg)
Some Parker Jotters
(https://scontent-a-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1385022_10152715680276664_1898795188_n.jpg)
Rotring pair, Art Pencil and a 600 Lava ballpoint
(https://scontent-a-cdg.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/1470345_10152752363161664_2020644995_n.jpg)
No single picture of the black Vector Rollerball... 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Higgins617 on January 24, 2014, 11:12:38 PM
Nothing special but I love the pilot precise V5RT pens, cheap and write consistent and very smooth. I enjoy writing with them and they actually make my writing look legible which is a pretty big feat.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Metropolicity on January 25, 2014, 05:01:29 PM
Ok, no so much a mod as a from scratch build. I finally carved out some time to make this.

I borrowed the Alpha pen's body design to make my own sharpie marker. I have been carrying and using the alpha pen ever since it got shipped to me. I have been on the look out for a kickstarter but no one seems to want to make one. I know there are Sherpa pen holders but the design isn't what I wanted. This one is turned from 6160 aluminum starting from a 5/8" stock. The threads are a 1/2" fine thread.

It's very rare that everything comes together so nicely, very very rare. I almost waiting for a black hole to emerge from inside this pen. Basically it's refillable by taking a sharpie marker, pulling out the grip and insert and shoving it into the handle.

It seals with an O-ring so the sharpie nib won't dry out, I am pretty proud of this one. If I have time later, I'll make up another Round insert holder so that I can mimic the Ti Alpha pen even further.

Maybe I can call this the delta pen, it sure isn't nice enough to be a beta-pen.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/byvu3y9y.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/y3u5y6en.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/9u9ymu7e.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/be4upy5u.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/25/qyqe7e2a.jpg)


There is always a way, hack on!
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on January 25, 2014, 05:03:22 PM
those are nice!
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on January 25, 2014, 05:06:06 PM
Parker Frontier Matte Black ballpoint and mechanical pencil
(https://scontent-a-mxp.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1385854_10152707175826664_2140445092_n.jpg)


i got a couple of those. but mine are shiney. those matte black one look sweet.
 
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Post by: Wilfried on January 25, 2014, 06:15:20 PM
@Metropolicity


 :tu:
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Post by: Metropolicity on January 25, 2014, 08:10:34 PM
@Metropolicity


 :tu:


Thanks!


Here's how the assembly works, pretty simple.


(http://metrogradegoods.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/20140125-130803.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on January 26, 2014, 02:26:08 PM
Here are mine.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/26/hyje6uza.jpg)

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Agonistes on January 26, 2014, 05:31:44 PM
Here are mine.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/26/hyje6uza.jpg)

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yeah, nibs!   :cheers:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: rickboone on January 26, 2014, 08:20:41 PM
Vintage Goldy


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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on January 27, 2014, 11:17:06 AM
Nice looking pen. Is it able to switch out nibs?

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on March 06, 2014, 04:49:03 PM
Bought a Umarex Perfecta Tactical Pen TP II this week. Is replacing my S&W MP. Uses Parker refills, too. Smoother to hold than it looks, very nice to write with.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 06, 2014, 05:39:49 PM
Nice looking pen.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on March 06, 2014, 11:30:27 PM
I just lost one pencil and broke another one, giving me an excuse to buy two Pentel P205s. :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 06, 2014, 11:31:41 PM
I just lost one pencil and broke another one, giving me an excuse to buy two Pentel P205s. :D
Or a Parker. :poke:

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on March 06, 2014, 11:33:48 PM
I just lost one pencil and broke another one, giving me an excuse to buy two Pentel P205s. :D
Or a Parker. :poke:

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I already have two Parker Jotter pencils, and so many Jotter pens I lost count.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 06, 2014, 11:40:08 PM
I just lost one pencil and broke another one, giving me an excuse to buy two Pentel P205s. :D
Or a Parker. :poke:

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I already have two Parker Jotter pencils, and so many Jotter pens I lost count.
I'm not talking about Jotters pens or pencils.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/07/a8uzebeb.jpg)
This is what I am talking about.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on March 07, 2014, 12:24:37 AM
I just lost one pencil and broke another one, giving me an excuse to buy two Pentel P205s. :D
Or a Parker. :poke:

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I already have two Parker Jotter pencils, and so many Jotter pens I lost count.
I'm not talking about Jotters pens or pencils.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/07/a8uzebeb.jpg)
This is what I am talking about.

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 :tu:

That's it?? :P
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 07, 2014, 12:28:31 AM
8) yep.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: PTRSAK on March 07, 2014, 08:12:34 AM
I have the pen, it cost me $239.. I have been resisting buying the matching pencil for about 15 years.

Porche Design
(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/20121231_185218_zps045c12a7.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: kkokkolis on March 07, 2014, 11:52:07 AM
I like Parker Rollerball, although I destroyed a couple of shirts with them. My main Rollerball is about two decades old I think. I also use Joters and a thousand of cheap Chinese pens of awful quality the pharmaceutical companies donate for advertising. As a resident I used a Rotring mechanical pencil a lot for notes but with my first pay as a specialist I bought a Palmpilot and since then most notes are electronic.
I also used a Mont Blanc pen for a while before modifying it to a Palm Stylus.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Cogito on March 08, 2014, 06:14:55 PM
I used to carry a really nice chromed ergonomic brass pen that my dad gave me, but someone really needed to use it so I lent it out and not even 4 mins later it got left somewhere and stolen :(

Now I carry a stainless $6 wallet pen.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on March 08, 2014, 06:42:32 PM
I used to carry a really nice chromed ergonomic brass pen that my dad gave me, but someone really needed to use it so I lent it out and not even 4 mins later it got left somewhere and stolen :(

Now I carry a stainless $6 wallet pen.
Bummer, but where did you find the ss one? I ended up using a refill cartridge and a bobby pin. JR
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Post by: Cogito on March 08, 2014, 06:57:31 PM
I picked it up when I was in India.  I found a similar one in a discount shop close to my house, would you like me to get you one?
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Post by: MadPlumbarian on March 08, 2014, 07:47:46 PM
I picked it up when I was in India.  I found a similar one in a discount shop close to my house, would you like me to get you one?
Oh, no thanks but I will most definitely keep that in mind! I'm good with my mini heat shrink pen,, I have a pic somewhere but have no clue where it is. JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on March 08, 2014, 10:36:43 PM
So today I got two P205s on clearance for $2.99 each! :D
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Post by: mrynnr on March 18, 2014, 09:51:38 PM
Some of my favorite pencils :D
(http://i1341.photobucket.com/albums/o757/mrynnr/MT/0BABC566-57F8-4C86-B4A0-F6739BFD2009_zpsh3iragax.jpg) (http://s1341.photobucket.com/user/mrynnr/media/MT/0BABC566-57F8-4C86-B4A0-F6739BFD2009_zpsh3iragax.jpg.html)


Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on March 18, 2014, 09:56:35 PM
The first one from the left, Pentel Graphgear 1000. :tu: One of the best,. if not the best I've ever used. :D

The other Pentel is also very good.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on March 18, 2014, 09:59:35 PM
Some of my favorite pencils :D
(http://i1341.photobucket.com/albums/o757/mrynnr/MT/0BABC566-57F8-4C86-B4A0-F6739BFD2009_zpsh3iragax.jpg) (http://s1341.photobucket.com/user/mrynnr/media/MT/0BABC566-57F8-4C86-B4A0-F6739BFD2009_zpsh3iragax.jpg.html)

P205 and Sharp Kerry! :drool:

Apparently these two were voted the best general mechanical pencils.

http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.ca/p/top-10-general-mechanical-pencils.html
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: mrynnr on March 18, 2014, 09:59:53 PM

The first one from the left, Pentel Graphgear 1000. :tu: One of the best,. if not the best I've ever used. :D

The other Pentel is also very good.
they are all Pentel except for the zebras (one of them modded to .5mm) :D I guess I really like Pentel lol


Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: mrynnr on March 18, 2014, 10:04:41 PM

Some of my favorite pencils :D
(http://i1341.photobucket.com/albums/o757/mrynnr/MT/0BABC566-57F8-4C86-B4A0-F6739BFD2009_zpsh3iragax.jpg) (http://s1341.photobucket.com/user/mrynnr/media/MT/0BABC566-57F8-4C86-B4A0-F6739BFD2009_zpsh3iragax.jpg.html)

P205 and Sharp Kerry! :drool:

Apparently these two were voted the best general mechanical pencils.

http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.ca/p/top-10-general-mechanical-pencils.html (http://davesmechanicalpencils.blogspot.ca/p/top-10-general-mechanical-pencils.html)
yes very good pencils! I also recommend the Pentel Smash :)


Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Serena on March 19, 2014, 10:37:13 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/19/ve3anapu.jpg)

Always carry my complete Parker Urban Magenta set to work. I mostly write with the fountain pen…
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 19, 2014, 11:45:49 AM
That a nice set. Parkers are my favorite.
Love fountain pens and dip pens.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 26, 2014, 09:52:40 PM
From left to right: Alcatraz (rollerball), Fire agate (fountain pen), Volcano (ballpoint), Neptune (fountain pen), The Celt (ballpoint), Dracula (rollerball), front: Mardi Gras (fountain pen)

Psi name all of my pens :D

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo20/ChupacabraRAWR/P3260477_zps39dea3d2.jpg)
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Post by: Cogito on March 26, 2014, 10:51:03 PM
Rascal your picture isn't showing :(
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Post by: enki_ck on March 26, 2014, 10:55:15 PM
Rascal your picture isn't showing :(

It was there a moment ago.  And it's a nice one. :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 26, 2014, 10:56:11 PM
Hmmm, can't see it. Damn!

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 26, 2014, 11:13:10 PM
That's weird showing for me. Let me try again. Can you guys see this one?

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo20/ChupacabraRAWR/P3260477_zps045e8b21.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 26, 2014, 11:26:57 PM
Now i can see them! And they are sweet!

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 26, 2014, 11:43:02 PM
Thanks! :cheers:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 26, 2014, 11:44:36 PM
Do you carry any of them, or use them at home?

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 27, 2014, 12:37:20 AM
Do you carry any of them, or use them at home?

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I always carry at least one with me. Occasionally two. But now that my multitool collection is growing, I will probably only carry one. Bah, who am I kidding, I will still probably carry two. :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 27, 2014, 12:46:00 AM
I always carry one of my fountain pens with me.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 27, 2014, 01:46:11 AM
Fountain pens are my favorite also duct. When I use them, I find that people are very curious about them. Whenever anybody asks about them  I always offer to let the person wright with it. Interestingly, people are often intimidated by fountain pens, but when they try it almost everyone falls in love with it. They are always surprised by how smooth fountain pens write and how much control they offer compared to the ballpoints most people are accustomed to. I think many people think that all fountain pens are calligraphy pens. Which you and I know is not the case. It's nice to meet another fountain pen enthusiast.

 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 27, 2014, 09:30:46 AM
Fountain pens are my favorite also duct. When I use them, I find that people are very curious about them. Whenever anybody asks about them  I always offer to let the person wright with it. Interestingly, people are often intimidated by fountain pens, but when they try it almost everyone falls in love with it. They are always surprised by how smooth fountain pens write and how much control they offer compared to the ballpoints most people are accustomed to. I think many people think that all fountain pens are calligraphy pens. Which you and I know is not the case. It's nice to meet another fountain pen enthusiast.
I have noticed this too. Word for word. I let them try try my pen also. A few years ago, I stopped at the gas station in town. I used my pen to sign the reciept. The girl, an OU student, said that it was cool pen. I asked her if she whated to try it. She did and loved it. A few weeks later I stopped in there and the first thing she that come out of her mouth was "lookie at what I got!"
She had gotten herself a nice Parker and uses it at school all the time. She is the only one I got hooked on fountain pens. And I was not out to try to convert people.

Fountain pens rule!
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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 28, 2014, 03:55:02 AM
Fountain pens are my favorite also duct. When I use them, I find that people are very curious about them. Whenever anybody asks about them  I always offer to let the person wright with it. Interestingly, people are often intimidated by fountain pens, but when they try it almost everyone falls in love with it. They are always surprised by how smooth fountain pens write and how much control they offer compared to the ballpoints most people are accustomed to. I think many people think that all fountain pens are calligraphy pens. Which you and I know is not the case. It's nice to meet another fountain pen enthusiast.
I have noticed this too. Word for word. I let them try try my pen also. A few years ago, I stopped at the gas station in town. I used my pen to sign the reciept. The girl, an OU student, said that it was cool pen. I asked her if she whated to try it. She did and loved it. A few weeks later I stopped in there and the first thing she that come out of her mouth was "lookie at what I got!"
She had gotten herself a nice Parker and uses it at school all the time. She is the only one I got hooked on fountain pens. And I was not out to try to convert people.

Fountain pens rule!
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 I won't lie, I actually try to convert people  >:D I'd bet you that the OU student converted some classmates of hers. Fountain pens are spreading like a virus  :D On a different note however...... here are a couple of my mechanical pencils.

(http://i357.photobucket.com/albums/oo20/ChupacabraRAWR/P3270480_zpsd0dbb02a.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 28, 2014, 09:29:20 AM
Nice! I like the one on the top.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: hiraethus on March 28, 2014, 02:07:53 PM
My EDC:
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3747/13466329654_c7a1471488_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/mvYsDu)
Rotring Rapid Pro 0.7 pencil with F leads, Rapid Pro pen with fine black refill and a twin-tip Sharpie.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 28, 2014, 02:11:56 PM
This is one of the one I carry around.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/28/u2a5y8e9.jpg)

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: av8r1 on March 28, 2014, 02:43:34 PM
Zebra keeps letting me down.  I've had a couple models of their heavy steel versions, and they fail on me. In one, the clicky failed. In another, the clip bent open, and you can't remove it to bend it back down.

I'm a southpaw, so I kinda like that cheap fountain pen they came out with, but mon dieu is it ugly.  The pen itself is fine, but the cap is terrible.

I used to use a Pilot varsity, but I can't find them anymore, plus they tended to leak.

Nowadays I just carry a good old Pilot G-2. Simple, cheap, easy to find, long lasting, enough ink flow so it doesn't jam, and when it does break I don't have to hold a funeral.  I also carry around a Sharpie Twin Tip.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 28, 2014, 03:29:56 PM
This is one of the one I carry around.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/28/u2a5y8e9.jpg)

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Which model is that?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 28, 2014, 03:39:02 PM
Zebra keeps letting me down.  I've had a couple models of their heavy steel versions, and they fail on me. In one, the clicky failed. In another, the clip bent open, and you can't remove it to bend it back down.

I'm a southpaw, so I kinda like that cheap fountain pen they came out with, but mon dieu is it ugly.  The pen itself is fine, but the cap is terrible.

I used to use a Pilot varsity, but I can't find them anymore, plus they tended to leak.

Nowadays I just carry a good old Pilot G-2. Simple, cheap, easy to find, long lasting, enough ink flow so it doesn't jam, and when it does break I don't have to hold a funeral.  I also carry around a Sharpie Twin Tip.

In my opinion, there's kind of a void in the midmarket of pens. Like you're saying you can get a cheaper model pen which in general are pretty good quality nowadays, but you end up replacing them. Which is okay because the price. The other alternative is you go for quality which is going to last you for years. But of course you have to pay the price for that quality. But then you get into the pens in the middle, like in the $20 to $80 range, and generally speaking there not significantly better enough than the cheap models to justify the price. Keep in mind I am talking about mass production pens, customs are different ballgame.
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Post by: ducttapetech on March 28, 2014, 03:47:53 PM
This is one of the one I carry around.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/03/28/u2a5y8e9.jpg)

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Which model is that?
Parker IM Crome.
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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Serena on March 28, 2014, 03:57:26 PM
In The Netherlands all the kids in school have to write with a fountain pen when they start learning. Never let anyone write with your pen, because the tip 'grows' to your hand. When somebody else writes with it, it might scratch…
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on March 28, 2014, 05:07:02 PM
In The Netherlands all the kids in school have to write with a fountain pen when they start learning. Never let anyone write with your pen, because the tip 'grows' to your hand. When somebody else writes with it, it might scratch…

+1

When I use a fountain pen, I always carry another ball point pen to lend if anyone asks. They're always going: "Why can't I use that fountain pen?"
I always answer: "Do you really need a pen to write something or do you just want to use my fountain pen?"
 :twak: :twak: :twak: :twak:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on March 28, 2014, 05:26:42 PM
I have always heard this. But I tend to think its not so true. Maybe after 15 years of use you might have worn the nib down enough to the angle in which you write. I won't let most touch mine because they might press to hard and bend or mess up the nib.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Rascal on March 28, 2014, 06:23:21 PM
In The Netherlands all the kids in school have to write with a fountain pen when they start learning. Never let anyone write with your pen, because the tip 'grows' to your hand. When somebody else writes with it, it might scratch…

+1

When I use a fountain pen, I always carry another ball point pen to lend if anyone asks. They're always going: "Why can't I use that fountain pen?"
I always answer: "Do you really need a pen to write something or do you just want to use my fountain pen?"
 :twak: :twak: :twak: :twak:
That is a really cool avatar pfrSantos  :D
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: PTRSAK on May 18, 2014, 11:32:11 PM
My Porsche Design pen (top) over $200... and some that I made at work from Stainless braid hose.

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/20140519_072448_zps90bgziu7.jpg) (http://s1309.photobucket.com/user/Peter_Thorpe/media/20140519_072448_zps90bgziu7.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on May 19, 2014, 01:41:23 PM
Cool looking pens!!
Sweet work on those.

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: enki_ck on May 19, 2014, 02:50:41 PM
Nicely done. Have figured out something cool for the caps to close them up?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: PTRSAK on May 19, 2014, 03:24:27 PM
The refill is just from a Bic Cristal. The design is still evolving, all three of these are different, and #4 has a pocket clip. I'm working on a couple of ideas for a cap to go on them.
Probably end up giving them away to some of my major customers. I get lots of comments on the one I use.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on May 21, 2014, 05:36:08 PM
I take lots of notes and write info from voice mails from clients.  I have found this set works great for me and has for a while.  I keep it all in a Maxpedition 3X5
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: CanadianLMfan on May 23, 2014, 02:14:55 AM
Can anyone help by recommending a cheap disposable ballpoint pen?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on May 23, 2014, 02:42:59 AM
Can anyone help by recommending a cheap disposable ballpoint pen?
Pilot G2's are great.  As you see I like purple since I dont have to have blue/black for work.  If you are into less waste then you can always just buy refills and keep the barrel.   
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: blooper on May 28, 2014, 10:41:40 PM
Can anyone help by recommending a cheap disposable ballpoint pen?

You can get a dozen Bic sticks (medium) for just over a buck. Nice line thickness and pretty fluid. I use them to sketch but occassionally make notes. Super cheap. Would not complain if someone borrowed it forever.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: babola on September 19, 2014, 01:02:07 PM
KK Render K in vintage copper  :)

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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: cbl51 on September 19, 2014, 09:27:42 PM
I've got a Cross and a Parker pen that I've used a lot, but fr just general carrying around I love the Bic's. They are like a prime example of something that doesn't cost a lot, but always works. LIke Bic lighters. But I fond the soft grip Bic's are really very nice to write with. Very smooth and even line.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3881/14859704278_905fa54617_z.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on September 25, 2014, 04:46:08 PM
I've got a Cross and a Parker pen that I've used a lot, but fr just general carrying around I love the Bic's. They are like a prime example of something that doesn't cost a lot, but always works. LIke Bic lighters. But I fond the soft grip Bic's are really very nice to write with. Very smooth and even line.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3881/14859704278_905fa54617_z.jpg)

+1

Now we just have to wait until they release the BIC MT...
 :whistle:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on September 25, 2014, 11:10:34 PM
My current pens

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/14/09/25/7f56b554e4b97367980ec9bb3754385b.jpg)

Which have my own mix of Diamine ink in.

My pencils

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After 30 years I've yet to have a Pentel let me down
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: PTRSAK on February 25, 2015, 01:02:15 PM
I've gone tacticool with filling in paperwork.

Paperwork better not talk back.

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/20150225_205143_zpswpez7m2n.jpg) (http://s1309.photobucket.com/user/Peter_Thorpe/media/20150225_205143_zpswpez7m2n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 25, 2015, 01:28:17 PM
I've gone tacticool with filling in paperwork.

Paperwork better not talk back.

(http://i1309.photobucket.com/albums/s640/Peter_Thorpe/20150225_205143_zpswpez7m2n.jpg) (http://s1309.photobucket.com/user/Peter_Thorpe/media/20150225_205143_zpswpez7m2n.jpg.html)
Nice :tu:
JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: hiraethus on February 25, 2015, 01:46:26 PM
Can anyone help by recommending a cheap disposable ballpoint pen?
Pilot G2's are great.  As you see I like purple since I dont have to have blue/black for work.  If you are into less waste then you can always just buy refills and keep the barrel.   

+1.  I really like the G-2 05 - same barrel but a finer point.  Great for sketching.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on February 25, 2015, 02:12:13 PM
Got this one. It's from a colection of 50, inspired by famous personalities.

(http://www.planetadeagostini.pt/uploads/gadgets/363b4bc4d4663f62c13b368c873b5dc4.jpg)

This is the Beethoven.

I'll get the Edgar Alan Poe, too, at least.
(http://www.planetadeagostini.pt/uploads/gadgets/c46a68a78fdaef91886ec2759144c0c7.jpg)


Link to the site with some already available pens:
http://www.planetadeagostini.pt/colecionavel/canetas-de-colecao.html

Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: armèe-suisse on September 15, 2016, 09:03:46 PM
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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on September 16, 2016, 02:27:06 PM
(http://i1270.photobucket.com/albums/jj607/armee-suisse/Screenshot_2016-09-15-14-47-16.png)

Love those bolt action pens. Not very pocket friendly but soooo kewl!

 :gimme: :gimme:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: tattoosteve99 on September 25, 2016, 08:29:01 PM
(http://i1270.photobucket.com/albums/jj607/armee-suisse/Screenshot_2016-09-15-14-47-16.png)

Is that the new ti bolt action pen?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: metasyntax on February 02, 2017, 05:01:28 PM
I used to be into mechanical pencils when I was in high school and college, then started using pens more and more. Lately I've been doing more abstract work than usual (I'm a software engineer) and having to draw lots of diagrams to make sense of things; slow-drying gel ink is no good for this (and I typically use 0.7mm tips so it's pretty thick). So I looked around and found out about the Uni Kuru Toga engine pencils. And now... oh wow do I love these things. Flattening the lead was always my biggest problem with mechanical pencils, these solve that problem completely. The Kuru Toga system rotates the lead slightly every time you release pressure on it. So after every letter, it turns 1/40th of the way around. This keeps the lead point consistent, no more flattening out, no more twisting the pencil in your grip to get a fresh tip. You can write a whole page of notes, drawings, whatever and all the lines are the same thickness. It's brilliant. I originally got the "starter kit" from Office Depot which is the cheapest (about $6 US). Of course, now I have a Roulette and one of the newer Slide Pipe models (which rotates twice as quickly to better handle soft lead). I'm really looking forward trying those models out.

As for pens, as I mentioned I usually stick to gel ink. I prefer blue to black, simply because it's easier to tell the original document if you photocopy something. I like the Pilot G2, Pilot B2P, and Uni-ball Signo UM-151 (the capped ones).
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on February 02, 2017, 05:08:47 PM
I've seen those pencils you reference.  Those are very cool.  I switched to blue for the same reason you not tho I've been known to write in green as well.  I don't work in an office so any color actually if fine for me. 

There are some wonderful writing implements on the market.  If I used a pen or pencil as part of my job I'd certainly have something nice. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 02, 2017, 06:33:36 PM
Wow, this subject goes back and I even posted way back..
   
    I'm the same I'd rather have blue ink over black, not is it my fav color but it's diff and like you said, you know it's original. I've been after a new pen for pocket carry for like over two months, I just couldn't find that right one. Yet I'll probably be ordering one tomorrow, so simple and looks perfect for pocket carry. On top of that the ink cartridge is the same of a bic, so to switch over to blue all you have to do is cut it to fit, pretty simple if you ask me.
JR

Oh and I spoke with the owner of the company, he's also thinking of making a attachment that will snap on the other end when it's close to make it a keychain carry..
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: 4everYoung on February 04, 2017, 08:38:01 AM
Just ordered up a uni kuru toga roulette. Pretty excited about getting it. Have to write pretty tiny at work so a sharp pencil is a must.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: metasyntax on February 04, 2017, 02:59:40 PM
Just ordered up a uni kuru toga roulette. Pretty excited about getting it. Have to write pretty tiny at work so a sharp pencil is a must.

After just a day of having mine, it's the favorite of the three. The weight is nice, the knurled grip is great, and I actually like the slower 1/40 rotation better. The retractable sleeve on the Pipe Slide is nice, but the lead wobbles more.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 04, 2017, 04:37:42 PM
Just ordered up a uni kuru toga roulette. Pretty excited about getting it. Have to write pretty tiny at work so a sharp pencil is a must.
What size lead, back when I used to do drafting this was my pencil, everyone else was using like a .5 or .7 or even a wood pencil and their lines would be thin at one end then fat at another, while my lines were thin allll the way through since I was using a .3! The only thing is you had to get used to such a thin lead and knowing how much you could push cause that lead snapped very easy! Another trick was as you were drawing the line you rotated the pencil, that way you kept a sharp tip all the way around..
JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: LoopCutter on February 05, 2017, 07:25:52 PM
I was organizing a drawer with my pens and mech pencils and forgot I had these. 
Anyone remember the HIGHLANDER movie and TV series?
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IIRC, the top is a copy of Duncan's handle and the bottom was Conner's, Katana swords. 



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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 05, 2017, 08:47:26 PM
Yeah huh, the highlander,,
JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: LoopCutter on February 05, 2017, 09:14:12 PM
Yeah huh, the highlander,,
JR
You don't?

I think from the 90s, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander:_The_Series (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander:_The_Series)


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Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 05, 2017, 10:21:41 PM
Yeah huh, the highlander,,
JR
You don't?

I think from the 90s, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander:_The_Series (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highlander:_The_Series)


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Yeah the sword dude, I might have watched it a few times, but wasn't into it.
JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Kev D on February 06, 2017, 10:49:30 AM
The 5 I use most of all at work, top to bottom...

A good old Bic 4 colour pen. My go to for meetings, so when I get bored I can do really colourful doodles.
Pentel graphgear pencil with 0.5mm HB pentel lead in it.
Pentel graphgear pen with black needlepoint refil in it.
Parker jotter with black quinkflow fine tip refil.
Parker jotter with red quinkflow medium tip refil.

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/447/32742234365_f8ea635890_b.jpg)

 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 06, 2017, 03:52:58 PM
That bic four was one of my fav, that was until I found this guy. The bosses used to love what I did, every morning I had to do a unique inventory, some one went up and down every aisle, and if something was missing it got scanned, and we got handed a sheet, now the fun part, you had to count how many of that item you could find, if could fill it, you did and mark if the total if it was the same, if not you had to mark that you couldn't and mark that it was a neg, so I would mark either
check/- this way when the boss looked it over and did a quick check he just looked for the red and was done twice as fast,
JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: kaput on February 07, 2017, 01:36:41 AM
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What brand are these and how much was the Ti smaller bolt action one 3rd from the right?
Really nice selection there.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: BleaKrytE on February 13, 2017, 09:48:19 PM
I just use Bic, Faber-Castells and Paper Mates... I don't really feel the need for a fancy pen, and since I'm also prone to losing them, I'd rather lose a cheap pen than a expensive one that I would probably get bonded to and etc.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Don Pablo on May 24, 2017, 04:39:00 PM
My first Fountain pen, a Lamy Vista with 1.1mm Italic nib.  :climber:
I went with it because the shop had no pilot metropolitans or pluminix or similar. And it looked nice!

Got it at the pen shop in Dublin, and for a really good price considering.
25 Euros, that includes the Converter(usually 4 or so euros) and Italic nib(all the websites I've seen charge an extra 4 euros or so for it... )
I was expecting a 25-50% store markup, so a pleasant surprise.  :o

Just uncertain about one thing, can you FP veterans tell me if the ink flow/line thickness looks correct for the nib? Seems pretty wet to me, but that might just be unfamiliarity with fountain pens.  :think:
The dots/lines on the paper are 4mm apart.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on May 24, 2017, 04:41:41 PM
Nice pen! That ink looks normal. Just remember, if you are writing in a notepad or something similar, be sure to let it dry before closing.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Don Pablo on May 24, 2017, 05:07:10 PM
The ink is usually dry in 10 seconds.  :D
I'm mainly using loose A4 pages with a printed dot pattern, kept together in a card folder. Mostly due to the size of my handwriting with this nib. :ahhh
The X-height seems to need to be a minimum of 4mm for the writing to look good with this nib, and so, if I'm doing them right, the 'f's are 12mm high!
Do you use any italic nibs?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on May 24, 2017, 05:30:55 PM
I dont. Just the regular nibs. Which I can't remember the actual name is.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Fortytwo on May 25, 2017, 02:54:01 PM
To me it sometimes feels like the ink will flow differently depending on day. My guess is that it depends on a number of factors including how much/little it has been used recently as well as atmospheric pressure and paper quality. The paper quality is very noticeable if you ever try solving newspaper crosswords with a fountain pen but the difference between two different papers can be quite important otherwise too.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ducttapetech on May 25, 2017, 04:11:38 PM
Good point 42. I forgot to mention paper quality. Some papers will bleed badly and suck up alot of ink.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Don Pablo on June 02, 2017, 11:31:51 PM
I need recommendations for my second fountain pen!  :D :pok:

Two requirements:
Under 30 Euros(still figuring out what I like) and needs to have an extra fine nib available(or fine, if the manufacturer is Japanese, like Pilot).
Short length is nice by the way.  :drool:

Heres what I looked at:

Kaweco Liliput with EF nib: Love the size, but too expensive for now.

Kaweco Classic Sport with EF nib: Seems like a good choice, but on the fence about the cap shape.

Pilot Metropolitan with Fine nib: Makes the thinnest line of anything I looked at.  :o
Brass body is cool, nevermind the lack of shortness.

Pilot 78g: Same nibs as metropolitan, and effectively a cheaper plastic metropolitan, so don't see the point of it.  :shrug:

Parker Jotter: Does not seem to have an EF nib option.

So thats about it. Can you help me choose from the list, and/or suggest other pens?  :pok: 
:popcorn:

Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on June 02, 2017, 11:34:39 PM
I've got the Kaweco Brass Sport and I don't find the cap shape to be an issue at all. Plus if you don't have the pocket clip on it stops it rolling away  :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Don Pablo on June 03, 2017, 12:05:05 AM
I've got the Kaweco Brass Sport and I don't find the cap shape to be an issue at all. Plus if you don't have the pocket clip on it stops it rolling away  :tu:
Thanks for the recommendation.  :salute:
The reason I'm on the fence regarding the cap is aesthetics, not functionality.   ::) Silly me.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Fortytwo on June 03, 2017, 02:40:20 AM
If you can pick up a Pilot Birdie that would be in line with short and extra fine nib. They are out of production but can be picked up from between 10-15$
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on July 01, 2018, 02:20:50 PM
A bit of thread revival. 

I use pencils all the time. Exclusively mechanical pencils. So how to carry the spare lead? 

Standard packaging?

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180701/97439ff1aa771b8373c2fba94bc525bd.jpg)

Nope

Something a bit more stylish (and Japanese).

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180701/d6e0c0c1189603ab5ddd594c8e54edd9.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Nix on July 01, 2018, 02:38:57 PM
I love that, Smashie!

I'm a big fan of mechanical pencils as well.

....although wooden pencils are fun to sharpen.....with a SAK.  :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: hiraethus on July 01, 2018, 02:42:13 PM
Nice.  :like:

Do the flats on the lid line up with those on the body when it’s closed?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on July 01, 2018, 03:45:44 PM
Oops I found where I got it from and it's Taiwanese not Japanese

https://store.wallpaper.com/en/workspace/writing/classic-pencil-lead-box-gold-121200000024016.html
Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on July 01, 2018, 03:46:57 PM
Nice.  :like:

Do the flats on the lid line up with those on the body when it’s closed?

Yes they do,

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180701/1e4936817a13b4b80905568f332169fc.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on July 02, 2018, 01:28:42 PM
I need recommendations for my second fountain pen!  :D :pok:

Two requirements:
Under 30 Euros(still figuring out what I like) and needs to have an extra fine nib available(or fine, if the manufacturer is Japanese, like Pilot).
Short length is nice by the way.  :drool:

Heres what I looked at:

Kaweco Liliput with EF nib: Love the size, but too expensive for now.

Kaweco Classic Sport with EF nib: Seems like a good choice, but on the fence about the cap shape.

Pilot Metropolitan with Fine nib: Makes the thinnest line of anything I looked at.  :o
Brass body is cool, nevermind the lack of shortness.

Pilot 78g: Same nibs as metropolitan, and effectively a cheaper plastic metropolitan, so don't see the point of it.  :shrug:

Parker Jotter: Does not seem to have an EF nib option.

So thats about it. Can you help me choose from the list, and/or suggest other pens?  :pok: 
:popcorn:

Look at Rotring Art Pen collection. You can get several nibs for the pen.

(https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1Zv3oqYsTMeJjSszhq6AGCFXa8/Germany-Original-rotring-artpen-parallel-art-pen-sketch-drawing-calligraphy-pen-8-writing-type-for-choice.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: BleaKrytE on July 08, 2018, 05:24:28 AM
I usually carry a Staedtler Mars Micro mechanical pencil in my pocket. I find it to be more practical than a pen, even though it can't be used to sign any documents, but I don't usually sign any documents anyway, so.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Don Pablo on July 09, 2018, 12:49:34 AM
I need recommendations for my second fountain pen!  :D :pok:

Two requirements:
Under 30 Euros(still figuring out what I like) and needs to have an extra fine nib available(or fine, if the manufacturer is Japanese, like Pilot).
Short length is nice by the way.  :drool:

Heres what I looked at:

Kaweco Liliput with EF nib: Love the size, but too expensive for now.

Kaweco Classic Sport with EF nib: Seems like a good choice, but on the fence about the cap shape.

Pilot Metropolitan with Fine nib: Makes the thinnest line of anything I looked at.  :o
Brass body is cool, nevermind the lack of shortness.

Pilot 78g: Same nibs as metropolitan, and effectively a cheaper plastic metropolitan, so don't see the point of it.  :shrug:

Parker Jotter: Does not seem to have an EF nib option.

So thats about it. Can you help me choose from the list, and/or suggest other pens?  :pok: 
:popcorn:

Look at Rotring Art Pen collection. You can get several nibs for the pen.

(https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1Zv3oqYsTMeJjSszhq6AGCFXa8/Germany-Original-rotring-artpen-parallel-art-pen-sketch-drawing-calligraphy-pen-8-writing-type-for-choice.jpg)
Thanks for the pointer. :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: hiraethus on July 09, 2018, 09:00:43 AM
Yes they do,

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180701/1e4936817a13b4b80905568f332169fc.jpg)

Even better. :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: hiraethus on July 09, 2018, 09:04:48 AM
I've been using a Uni Kuru Toga mechanical pencil for the last few months - this has a mechanism that rotates the lead every time you lift off the paper to stop the point from turning into a chisel tip.  I don't like the amount of axial movement in the lead though - I don't lift the tip very far from the paper and it drags as I move from letter to letter.  I've just switched back to my old Rotring Rapid Pro mechanical pencil with 0.7mm lead and it's much nicer to write with.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Gerhard Gerber on July 25, 2018, 11:44:58 AM
I write so seldom that I find it difficult writing more than the date and my signature.

I've noticed for several years that if I suddenly have to write more than the above mentioned, my hand is stupid and my writing which was always bad, gets even worse.....almost spastic  :facepalm:

This goes away after a few minutes of practice....


Not planning on writing much in the near future, but I did have to use a pen to sign in at a security checkpoint recently......using a pen I would rather not have touched. :oops:

I have a ball point knocking around in the glovebox, but I think I'm old enough to carry off the pen in the pocket look  :whistle:

I've seen some really nice Titanium numbers on the youtubes, but nothing available locally and I'm not looking to spend much.

My plan is simple: Parker Jotter like my dad and everybody else used......simple, cheap and can be used to stab an attacker in the eye if needed....  :mn:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on August 09, 2018, 06:17:04 PM
I write so seldom that I find it difficult writing more than the date and my signature.

I've noticed for several years that if I suddenly have to write more than the above mentioned, my hand is stupid and my writing which was always bad, gets even worse.....almost spastic  :facepalm:

This goes away after a few minutes of practice....


Not planning on writing much in the near future, but I did have to use a pen to sign in at a security checkpoint recently......using a pen I would rather not have touched. :oops:

I have a ball point knocking around in the glovebox, but I think I'm old enough to carry off the pen in the pocket look  :whistle:

I've seen some really nice Titanium numbers on the youtubes, but nothing available locally and I'm not looking to spend much.

My plan is simple: Parker Jotter like my dad and everybody else used......simple, cheap and can be used to stab an attacker in the eye if needed....  :mn:

Good choice!

 :tu: :tu:

I carry one myself.

 8) 8)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on August 29, 2018, 06:16:09 PM
Found this recently: a pencil cap with a little more to it than meets the eye. It's a pencil cap + pencil sharpener + shavings receptacle. Very handy when you need to sharpen your pencil and have no place to put the shavings on. You can sharpen your pencil and throw the shavings away later.

It also helps to hold smaller pencils, allowing you to use your pencils until they are almost gone, avoiding waste.

When you are not using your pencil, it serves as a cap and protects the tip from breaking/sticking in your pocket while allowing you to clip it to a pocket or in a briefcase.

Very pleased with it.

 8) 8)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on August 29, 2018, 06:17:20 PM
A few more pics of this little gadget.

 :) :)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Don Pablo on August 29, 2018, 06:53:16 PM
 :like:
Looks very handy indeed!
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Fast Bill on September 15, 2018, 02:56:30 PM
:like:
Looks very handy indeed!

+1 a clever little pencil improver ! Gotta love pencils  :like:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on September 20, 2018, 01:22:48 PM
Update on the pencil cap use. Despite the pencil being reduced to a very small size, I can still use it confortably, thanks to the cap. It adds some length to it and awlso provides some stability, due to shape and weight.

 8) 8)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on September 20, 2018, 03:57:33 PM
Neat idea.  I used to love writing with pencils.  Once I got my first mechanical pencil I stopped using regular ones. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: pfrsantos on September 20, 2018, 04:34:23 PM
Neat idea.  I used to love writing with pencils.  Once I got my first mechanical pencil I stopped using regular ones.

Yup, those give you more consistency, the "pencil" awlways stays the same size/weight. I prefer 0.5mm tips (0.7mm at most), so as not to see any difference when writing for awhile. With thicker tips (1mm+), as soon as you start writing, the tip starts to get bigger and the lines get thicker. You have to keep sharpening them.

I like traditional pencils because of the feel, smell and awl the sharpening ritual. I love the sound of the wood getting shaved and seeing the thin shavings. I used to play with them, pretending to be indian feather headpieces for small toy figures.

(https://image.shutterstock.com/image-vector/war-bonnetwatercolor-boho-indian-feathers-260nw-257024005.jpg)

(https://previews.123rf.com/images/tang90246/tang902461703/tang90246170300017/73415998-sharpened-pencil-and-wood-shavings-with-white-background.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on September 20, 2018, 04:51:21 PM
.5mm for me too.  I'm old enough to have had the mechanical sharpeners in grade school.  You had to raise your hand to ask to sharpen your pencil.  I recall the smell of the graphite and wood.  I also liked to just get out of my seat. 

I carry a Zebra M301 .5mm.  Its been a flawless pencil for me.  While I don't write as much I do like to have a pencil.  My preferred writing instrument is my Zebra F701. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on January 30, 2019, 03:22:47 PM
I don't recall posting this mechanical pencil before.  Too lazy to look to see.  Its a Cross Century Gold Filled.  I tried to recall when I got it but the best I can come up with is mid to late 80s.  I remember feeling so fancy using it.  I never actually looked closer at the end where the black cap is.  Its say 1/20 10k gold filled.  I didn't have lead for it but I did locate a mechanical pencil with the correct ones ( .7mm ) so now I have a working pencil.   :woohoo: 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on January 30, 2019, 03:39:09 PM
I don't recall posting this mechanical pencil before.  Too lazy to look to see.  Its a Cross Century Gold Filled.  I tried to recall when I got it but the best I can come up with is mid to late 80s.  I remember feeling so fancy using it.  I never actually looked closer at the end where the black cap is.  Its say 1/20 10k gold filled.  I didn't have lead for it but I did locate a mechanical pencil with the correct ones ( .7mm ) so now I have a working pencil.   :woohoo:

The Century’s are great, but I find them a bit too slippery for prolonged use :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on January 30, 2019, 06:39:20 PM
Thank you, I also agree it can be slippery.  I'm using to jot notes down. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Poncho65 on January 31, 2019, 01:24:25 PM
I love Cross pens and pencils :like: I use to have a set of the chrome ones and loved it but I was much younger then and I have no idea where the pencil went :dunno: :facepalm: Nice one, Aloha :like: I need to give this whole thread a complete read through as I don't know if I ever read the whole thing :think: Nice bump though :salute:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on January 31, 2019, 02:54:42 PM
I cant believe I've kept this as long as I have.  Thanks.  This thread is pretty good.  Lots of great writing instruments. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: SteveC on February 04, 2019, 05:57:25 AM
 :iagree:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on February 04, 2019, 01:51:30 PM
These are my most commonly used pencils. Can’t find my P203 anywhere (I’ll find it right after posting this).

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190204/04920c36f7208a2ff47b905cf712a6e9.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on February 04, 2019, 02:40:16 PM
Nice selection.  That one on the bottom looks like a tank.  .3 pretty delicate?
Title: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Smashie on February 04, 2019, 04:08:41 PM
Nice selection.  That one on the bottom looks like a tank.  .3 pretty delicate?


Lol you’ve looked at it, so the lead has snapped! Good for construction lines or fine detail though.

And the Kaweco is brass so Iis very solid
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on February 04, 2019, 05:39:53 PM
.3 would make a nice sketch/drawing size.  I'd imagine the lines would be thread thin.  Amazing detail could be had with such a thin lead.  I do like .5 myself tho .7 is probably "better" for all around use. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: MadPlumbarian on February 04, 2019, 05:48:21 PM
Yeah, .3 you look at it and it snaps! Lol, but so great for detail, that’s what I used to use for drafting way back, other kids were using wood pencils, having to continually sharpen them to add a little detail, or others doing the rotate as you draw the line trick, but with a .3 forget it, just draw, but with very little force, basically just let the weight of the pencil do the work..
JR
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Serena on February 18, 2019, 10:23:38 AM
For people who buy stuff at the store 'Action'.
They now sell Sharpie pens!!! 4 pens for only € 1,49…

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190218/c31813f786d2c4e6b462e85d945961aa.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: ToolJoe on February 22, 2019, 06:34:41 AM
I just wanted to highlight great customer service from Rite in the Rain. I bought one of their pens (rebadged Space Pen) a few months back and it recently started to get jammed up and wouldnt retract. I called the company a couple days ago, explained the situation and they are going to send me a newer model replacement pen free of charge in the mail!  :tu:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on February 22, 2019, 02:56:00 PM
I love good customer service.  Its nice when you dont get the run around and double talk when all you want is a straight answer. 
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Poncho65 on February 24, 2019, 04:22:42 PM
I love good customer service.  Its nice when you dont get the run around and double talk when all you want is a straight answer.

 :iagree: GLad they done you right TJ :salute: Makes a person a customer for life most of the time with CS like that :like:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: microbe on March 14, 2019, 11:11:21 PM
A friend gifted me this stunning vintage Rotring 900 today.
(https://i.imgur.com/vschnfk.jpg)
Awesome pen!
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Poncho65 on March 14, 2019, 11:12:59 PM
Very nice, microbe :dd: :like:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: microbe on March 14, 2019, 11:17:36 PM
Very nice, microbe :dd: :like:

Thanks.
He bought it new in 1994, and it was no longer writing. I took it apart and cleaned it up, put some Parker ink in it, and it is writing like new. Built like a tank with a chromed messing barrel.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Aloha on March 15, 2019, 06:55:15 AM
It does look attractive.  Nice gift.   :like:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: lowtech on March 20, 2019, 09:50:53 AM
Sometimes I go  :facepalm: when thinking about the Rotring Newton, Lamy Safari, Rotring Tikky andother nice pens I have lost, misplaced and given away over the years....

These days I do carry a uni ball Power tank - I´t´s cheap, has a pressurized tank and will write upside down and on wet surfaces. And, it will usually be given back when borrowed or not break teh bank - or a friendship - when not.
When wearing more formal attire I do carry a silver Diplomat Spacetec Bullet (licensed Space Pen Bullet) in chrome with pocket clip.

I need to get out the few leftover nice pens and show them off...

BTW: Anyone know a good pencil extender and cap?
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Steinar on March 20, 2019, 12:54:10 PM
BTW: Anyone know a good pencil extender and cap?

My personal favorite for that combo is Faber-Castell's perfect pencil.
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: lowtech on March 20, 2019, 11:53:58 PM
Yes - I had one in the typical Faber Castell green but can only find blue and red at the moment  - Not counting the blingy wood and metal versions.
And I seem to remember them to be cheaper - Not that 8-10 € is really that much, but I felt the 5-6 € pricepoint back then was more realistic
Anyways, I think I´ll get one of those before looking into the matter too deep..
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Happy Gilmore on March 22, 2019, 10:53:56 PM
my dream pen...some day ....some day..
 
Custom pen that takes space pen inserts designed for Dango Pioneer Wallet. But honestly would fit almost everything I like to use. My issue is that I find pens really easy to lose, and $35 would make me cry to lose this pen..


(https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1981/3079/products/pen_red_1fbdca91-0213-4a49-8fc6-f5ec61f1ecf0_1024x1024.jpg?v=1544820484)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Happy Gilmore on March 22, 2019, 10:54:34 PM
Oops double post

Here is another excellent choice. I love that it collapses down to 3.3" and back into a full pen. Much more justifiable cost at $4.50 ish.

(https://i-h2.pinimg.com/564x/83/69/dd/8369ddb39a820c73e62ffb9d9d71ad98.jpg)
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: AimlessWanderer on March 22, 2019, 11:51:30 PM
This is most of my stuff

(https://forum.multitool.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=32949.0;attach=426811)

Pen drawer:
Wooden pencils
Mechanical pencils
Leads
Refillable ballpoints (mostly advertising pens)
Pocket pens
Fountain pens
Cartridges
Erasers and sharpeners

Pencil tin:
Short pencils
Disposables
Coloured pens
Markers

Pen pot:
Miscellaneous pens
Italic markers
Single use propelling pencils
Letter opener

Small tray:
Fountain pen inks
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: Poncho65 on March 22, 2019, 11:57:37 PM
Couple nice pens, Happy :like:

Wow, what a nice collection,  Al :o :ahhh :like:
Title: Re: The pen and pencil thread
Post by: AimlessWanderer on March 23, 2019, 12:00:51 AM
Couple nice pens, Happy :like:

Wow, what a nice collection,  Al :o :ahhh :like:

When I was working, I always seemed to run out of pens all the time. Now I've stopped working, I'm overrun with them  :facepalm: