All my friends know I am an office supply junkie. I have shelves of special paper, file folders, sheet protectors — you name it. One of my worst faults is writing instruments. Pens, pencils, markers, highlighters and such.
I have a few favorites, each for a special purpose and I would like to recommend some of them to others who share my same vice.
On the left is a beautiful, hand crafted fountain pen made for me by a friend and master woodworker. This is a wonderful pen for journaling and for when you just want the silky smooth feeling of putting ink on paper. There is also a certain nostalgia in using what many consider an ‘Old Fashioned’ pen such as this.
Next on the left is my work-horse, the Pilot G-2 gel pen. This is my choice for general writing and I have many around the house. They come in various sizes but I favor the 0.5 mm tip. They write smoothly but on some paper can have a problem with smudging. One problem is that when I loan one to someone it tends to not return home.
Third from the left is the Uni Ball Vision Exact, essentially a very fine point pen, almost like a Rapidograph technical pen. If you need precision writing or drawing this is a good choice. I like it because it works well with templates and lettering guides and because it does not smudge as much with glossy, non-porous paper.
Next is the trusty Pentel automatic pencil. This has been my standard lead pencil for years and I use it for general notes and always when copying Morse code over ham radio. No worry about broken or worn down points and it glides smoothly over most paper. Again I use the fine point but also have a couple of the larger (0.7mm) size which have different feel but work just as well.
Finally, for completeness, is the classic yellow #2 wooden pencil. I don’t use them a lot but love the aroma of the cedar when you sharpen one.