My Favorite Pen Types
What works for me for normal writing:
- Micro gel pen in the 0.4 mm range, such as the Uni-ball Signo DX 0.38mm and Pilot G-Tec-C/Hi-Tec-C 0.4mm (but I’m not a Zebra Sarasa 0.4mm fan).Â These pens smoothly put a vivid, colorful fine line onto my paper.
- Hybrid pens such as the Zebra Surari (my favorite), Uni-ball Jetstream, and Pental Energel in 0.5 mm or 0.7 mm.
- Rollerballs such as the Pilot/Mont Blanc G-Blanc, Uni-ball Vision, and Pilot Precise V5.
- Fountain pens.Â I have a Kaweco Sport, a Pilot Petit, and a Pilot Plumix.Â They’re nice, but just don’t get me excited.Â I like easy care and portability; fountain pens aren’t great at either, and they’re pricey.Â I like the look of gel ink better than fountain pen ink (at least the inks I’ve seen).
- Ballpoint pens.Â Most are just kind of blah.
- Felt tip pens such as the Sharpie Pen, Sakura Pigma Micron, and Uni-ball PiN.Â I just don’t like they way they write, and I am always concerned I’m going to squish the point.
I try to periodically re-evaluate; I’ve been trying to use my fountain pens a bit more, eventually I’ll give the Sharpies another chance, etc.
Fountain pens with broad nibs are a lot of fun when I’m in a playful mode, as are glittery gel pens, metallic gel pens, brush pens, and so on.Â However, for normal use, I like thin to moderate lines, solid coloring (no skipping), easy care, and inexpensive (so I can put it in my pocket).