The winners in a massive roundup of the 100 Best Pens are surprisingly affordable


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/26/go-0-7mm-or-go-home.html


#2

Oooh pretty. And of course I am weird, I hang out here don’t I.


#3

Pilot G2, takes a licking and keeps on ticking.


#4

Pilot Precise V5 is #16, but it will always be #1 in my heart.


#5

I like the uniball Signo 307 because you can hit it with a wet q-tip and it’s just soluble enough to make a wash, but not enough to ruin the original line. Wood q-tips stay soggy-free and so work better.


#6

And I finally see one of my favorites at Number 8. The Retro 51 Tornado. I used the hell out of one and I have 2 pencils from them as well. Well worth the $20 or more depending on the barrel designs.

ETA for the pen it takes a standard refill so you can change it out to a gel pen if you like. The joy of this writing utensil is the weight and feel of it.

I need to try one of their fountain pens.


#7

I am just in love with my yellow-bodied bic 4-color CMYK pen, thank you!

bic CMYK 4-color 1

bic CMYK 4-color 2

Not exactly available in stores or online…


#8

My favorite fountain pens for drawing are the Duke 551 Confucius with the crazy large fude nib, and the Franklin-Christoph 66 Stabilus.

Using the 551 is like troweling ink on with a palette knife, but it is surprisingly controllable.

And the form of the F-C 66 resembles an artist’s paint brush, but with a nib instead of bristles. I like it because I can draw with my fingers well back from the nib, up the handle, which I prefer.

https://goo.gl/images/qHmm4E


#9

Sadly, for now, it’s been “Strategist’d” and is only available from third-party sellers for $25+ apiece. Hopefully it’ll be restocked.


#10

I’m pretty happy with the Pentel R.S.V.P. series both medium and fine point. Not great great great but comfortable for long stretches and affordable and findable.


#11

Came here to say this. Thank you, by the way, for checking the list to see where my true love resides. I would have been heartbroken if the V5 didn’t make it.


#12

The link they post for the Hay “Bullet” ballpoint, as well as the top Google link, both lead to 404 pages. Peak quality there :+1:


#13

None of my favorites were there :frowning:

Zebra F-301 - perfect ballpoint that’s also a discreet tactical steel “little friend”

Copic Multiliner 0.2 - pigment ink hairline makes every note an engraved invitation

Waterman Exception - luscious; OMG, the square sections align perfectly


#14

very pleased my favorite not special at all Pilot Precise V5 (&7)s rated so high. I’m not crazy.


#15

If you live near a Kinokuniya check there. They have an excellent pen and pencil selection.


#16

I wonder why the Pilot Precise V5 and Pilot G2 were rated so highly but the even better Pilot P-500 wasn’t on the list. It takes the best from the other Pilots without many of their drawbacks.


#17

I’m not, but now that you mention it, there’s a pretty excellent Japanese grocery/goods store not far away, and I bet they’d have something similar!


#18

This is the kind of article I bookmark in my “Things I want” folder, amongst dozens of weird items I will probably never buy and a few I can’t afford.


#19

And just like that I buy 100 pens. DOCTOROW!

(Seriously though, the best pen is a Lamy Safari fountain pen in Extra-Fine. I try to collect every year’s special color release. My latest acquisition is purple with purple ink in celebration of Mrs. Zimmerman from The House with a Clock in its Walls.)


#20

I much prefer the Parker Jotter XL to the original Parker Jotter. And I’m disappointed that Tactile Turn didn’t show up, although I like the fact that Karas Kustoms did.