When we talked about imagery for this blog, we debated keyboard or pen? All of us are computer literate, but we all agreed there are times when the pen is mightier than the keyboard. I think it was Lisa who said she particularly prefers the pen when drafting fiction. I have to agree. There are times when the thoughts just flow more freely from the pen to the paper vs. the fingers to the keys.
To be sure, pen selection is a very personal decision. Just walk down the aisle at any office supply store and the choices can be overwhelming, from ink color to tip size, to ink delivery method, it is all there.
My personal preference is blue ink with the occasional red for editing. I also keep a supply of purple pens on hand for notes. I know many who like a fine line (OMSH for example), but I prefer a bolder line. It is easier for me to read. I keep a few Flairs around, but the ink tends to smudge too easily. I’ve tried Sharpie’s new line of pens and they have their uses, but my preference is a roller ball.
Hands down my favorite pen right now is the Jetstream Retractable rollerball pen from Uni-ball. The pen sits in my hand well and the ink flows like a smooth stream of melted chocolate. It comes in fine and bold point, blue, black and red inks. The downside is that at $3.50 a piece they are on the high end of disposable pens when it comes to cost. I have also had trouble locating 4 packs of just blue, and spending $35 for a dozen pens bugs me.
I’m very fickle when it comes to pens, but I’ve been a Jetstream fan for going on a year now and I have yet to find anything better. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been looking. So, what is your favorite kind of pen?