This is a stupid list. Like the one commenter at the link says, it’s like rating beverages. Not breakfast drinks or evening drinks, alcoholic, or soft. ALL drinks. Do specific drinks make sense to have at one time vs. the other? Sure, but let’s rank them all together anyway. It’s meaningful to know that eggnog is ranked much lower than Topo Chico but only a little higher than Jaegermeister. I don’t know that I’ve ever said this, but all the comments at that article are spot on.
You can tell it’s junk when they have the same pen twice under the two different names it’s sold under 50 places apart in their rankings. Or when they have anything to gripe about line width with a fountain pen - they’re available in different sizes! Why even have a kickstarter something like the Ti Arto in there when its entire advertised selling point is that it accepts virtually any refill?
Writing implements are a, perhaps the only, consistent interest I’ve had (yes, I am that cool) and this list rankles me big time. It’s just nonsensical as a ranking style listing. When you see The Strategist is all about what to buy online, I guess it makes more sense. It seems like Google selected these pens based on SEO/blog buzz and just cut it off at 100.
You know when you’re really into one thing and something is published about it and now you’re certain everyone will have the wrong idea about it/get wrong info? It’s that. Is it gatekeeping? I hope not, but I kind of think it might be a little. I do feel a little like I’m telling them they’re doing it wrong, and that “a real pen enthusiast…”. I encourage people to be interested in and to enjoy their implements. It certainly is subjective. But, FFS, if the interest is truly in ranking or creating something called “100 best pens” come up with some real categorization and selection criteria. If the interest is purely page views, then carry on.
The only thing positive about this list is that you can scroll through the entire list without having to click through a ton of pages, which TBF, is pretty nice and dampens the torch I lit specifically to march on clickbait/content-as-a-category.
I know I’m too serious on this.