The best pen you can buy

Before every phone had a QWERTY keypad, people wrote with these nifty devices called pens. (From the Latin penna, meaning "feather.")

While some folks would use whatever dollar-store-clearance-table stick their office stocked, others were pickier. In fact, I read a comment on a blog post today that read in part, "…and everyone knows that the BEST all-purpose pen is the Pilot V5 Precise Pen."

Sadly, this person is wrong. The best all-purpose (i.e., relatively inexpensive, available in bubble paks at Staples) pen is the Sanford Uni-Ball Roller Grip. Comfortable, fade- (and water-) resistant ink, not too thick or thin… you get the picture.

At least, that’s my say-so. Anyone else have a favorite writing instrument? (Scott, I believe, has a Namiki fountain pen he uses a lot, but that’s a different category.)

Next up: Why Keytronic and Unicomp keyboards rock.

 

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About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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5 Responses to The best pen you can buy

  1. Amanda says:

    Sharpie Ultra Fine all the way! And for a nice change, a Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pen is a nice touch on a handwritten note.

  2. Scott Brunner, CEO says:

    I love my fountain pen. For one, it’s retractible (very handy); for another, the ink dries immediately, which is important for a leftie like me, who drags his hand over what he’s just written; and for yet another, it’s got sentimental value: a gift from a few years ago my staff back at the Mississippi Association of REALTORS. Oh, and it’s got a broad nib. None of that prissy fine-tip stuff for me!

  3. I love my fountain pen. For one, it’s retractible (very handy); for another, the ink dries immediately, which is important for a leftie like me, who drags his hand over what he’s just written; and for yet another, it’s got sentimental value: a gift from a few years ago my staff back at the Mississippi Association of REALTORS. Oh, and it’s got a broad nib. None of that prissy fine-tip stuff for me!
    Should say good post! Can’t wait to reading your next one!

  4. Decoracion says:

    The best pen, it is a wonderful

  5. Julie Emery says:

    Pilot varsity disposable fountain pen is the best, absolutely. If you don’t believe just try to steal mine!

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