Blogging Tool #4: Pens (Part I)

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Hello Everyone,

I hope you’re all having a good night. I originally wanted to have this post up yesterday afternoon, but things got a bit complicated (as they usually do). In this case, I was figuring out how to work iMovie in order to make a video for this post. The good news is that I figured it out, and the better news is that I have uploaded it to youtube and will be posting a link right after this.

Today’s tool is none other than the pen. Of course, many of us prefer to type, but again, you’re not always going to have your laptop with you twenty-four-seven. This goes along with your notebook, which you use to write down notes (duh, I’m a bit embarrassed with this sentence), ideas, and other things for your blog. However, just like the right notebook is necessary for creative productions, there is also the right pen. Each pen is different (again, I know, duh), and because of that (and the fact that we are all different) we all have our preferred kind. For example, my favorites are gel and rollerballs. Also, most recently, fountain pens. So, I thought it would be fun to also do a series of posts on pens, and the kind I have in my legion (yes legion) of pens. For today, I am focusing on my newest fountain pen, a couple gel pens, and a smooth rollerball. Enjoy!

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These two are Uni-ball Signos, gel of course, and write with blue/black and purple/black ink. One great aspect of gel ink pens is that they are very smooth. Which I love, because I don’t like using pens that require extra force to write as they slow me down (ex: Bic ballpoints). However, the downside to them is that they can be a tad expensive (depending on the store and brand) and mostly, they run out of ink a lot faster than normal ballpoint and even rollerball pens. But they’re really nice.

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This one, also a Uni-ball pen, is a rollerball and so, writes incredibly smooth. It has a large store of ink as well. A downside to these, though, is that they can bleed through cheaper paper, and some even take a while to fully dry. On Moleskine paper for example, I have had to wait a few seconds for the ink to dry before turning the page.

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 Now, for my latest acquisition. This is the black, dot design, Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. As some of you may know, I have recently become a fountain pen collector, and even posted about the Cross Bailey I purchased a couple months ago. I love it, but since it is a more expensive pen, I thought it wrong to carry it around with me and run the risk of dropping, and even losing it. So, I ended up buying a couple other pens (the other I will post about on another date). This Metropolitan is one of them, as it is about 18 dollars (as opposed to 45), and easily replaceable in the worst case scenario. (Though, I hope this never comes because I love this baby.) The Metropolitan has an incredibly smooth nib, and aside from cartridges, it can also be loaded with ink. One neat thing about this pen is that not only does it come nicely packaged, with a sample cartridge, and is made out of metal (the body has a nice matte finish), but it also comes with a converter.

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Here, you can see the converter, which, unlike the usual twist type, is the kind you squeeze (while the tip and half of the grip is submerged in ink) and release. As you can see from the picture before this, I have a bottle of Waterman Tender Purple Ink. I bought this ink at the same time as the Metropolitan, so now I have the converter filled with it. (Which, on a side note, is a really beautiful purple, not dark or muddy, but a bright true purple.) On the downside, however, 18 dollars is still a high price, though understandable for a fountain pen. (And, a bit shocking–in a good way–compared to others fountain pens that are more expensive and cheaply made.) Another thing is that the converter it comes with can only hold a small amount of ink so you may have to load it every night if you write a lot during the day. Because of this, I carry two fountain pens with me, and a couple more traditional types. (The Uni-balls for now.)

The reason I chose to use fountain pens, also, is because not only can I load them with many kinds of inks, but some of these inks are also waterproof. I am a stickler for inks, and especially dislike those that cannot withstand severe water damage. I try to use only waterproof when writing in my notebooks, and when writing letters, because I don’t want to loose the notes or entries further down the road. (And I’m not being paranoid here, but realistic. I’m a major klutz and have lost notebooks, homework, and even a video game console to water.)

All in all, having the right pen with you when writing notes can not only make writing a tad more pleasant, but fun as well. In fact, ergonomically speaking, If you use a pen that drags on the page, or is scratchy, and so, slows you down, eventually you’re going to develop a cramp in your wrist and fingers. Any writer can attest to this. (In fact, I have a slight cramp now, and I’m typing!)

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little post and have a wonderful night! Till next time.

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