Jul 25, 20161816 views

Favorite non-FP pen?

As much as I love using fountain pens, they're just not ideal for every situation. Thankfully, I love ALL pens, but my favorite non-FP by far is the Uni-ball Signo RT.
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I tend to write on the smaller side, so the 0.38 mm size is perfect for me. Also, the thinner, crisp lines make my sloppy cursive look neater, IMO.
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The three I have stationed around my house for daily use are:
  1. A limited edition Hello Kitty RT1, with Black ink (the HK designs on this series are subtle, but cute!)
  2. The original Signo RT UM-138 with Lavender Black ink (which as far as I know has been discontinued as a single unit, and can only be found in the multicolor 8-pack)
  3. A Black ink UM-38 cartridge housed in the Pentel Libretto K600 body (I'm a sucker for rose gold, and used this modded pen for signing my marriage license in June this year <3)
Do you have a favorite pen that's not a fountain pen?
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My non-fountain pen of choice is a Retro 51 rollerball. Much like a fountain pen, you don't have to apply pressure to the pen to write. I have the Big Shot Cigar. I love the heft it has in hand. It writes so smoothly.
I have Uniball, Energel, Inkjoy gel refill that fit the G2 but my #1 refill is the Pilot V5RT.
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Probably the only ballpoint that I love and am going to continue using no matter what happens in the future, is a now discontinued Pilot GX-300. Sadly, I have snapped off the clip (I am considering gluing it on later), but still it has a very pleasing design with lots of durability to back out up. This one right here is around 15 years old, and still kicking. What is great about them, is that they have refills from Dr. Grip and some other poems that fit them. I also am still fond of Italian-made Cello pens, really nice quality for the price.
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While I certainly like fountain pens, I also like other types of writing instruments and use them as well. I prefer a Western XF nib on a fountain pen. With Japanese nibs, I prefer a F or even Fine-Medium (I have a Pilot Custom 74 with a F-M nib and it's very nice.) I like and use the Pentel Philography pen, but with Uniball Signo 0.5 refills. I also like the Uniball Jetstream pens for some uses, and the 0.7mm is the width I prefer. I've found that the thinner widths don't put don't put down enough ink to have as dark a line as I like. I've tried a lot of mechanical pencils, but the first 0.5mm pencil I ever bought, a Pentel P205, is what I keep coming back to. I've bought other P205s since then, as well as the P207 and P209, but I still have the first one on my desk at home and use it. I also like the Parker Jotter pen. I had some Itoya GPR-7 refills that I liked a lot, but they either stopped making them or stopped importing them. I've tried some other refills instead, like the Schneider Gelion 39, but they don't work as well for me as the Itoya ones did. (I can still get the Itoya AQR Aquaroller refills, but I don't like those.) Finally, if I need a pen that I don't mind losing or having damaged, I use the BIC pens with the Ultra ink. Only the Ultra Stic models seems to have this. They don't write as well as the Uni Jetstream, but they're much less expensive.
The robust fat little Stabilo S'Move Wild series are the 2 gel pens I have in my computer bag and slingbag that I never travel without because it performs incredibly well on immigration cards and customs forms that I have to fill. The other is the Boker Plus .5 Micarta tactical pen that is always on me (in case there's ever a need to smash car or bus windows) and it has a Schmidt P900 refill in pink ink to write on my Field Notes Expedition!
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Ive found the Pilot V5 to be my favorite. I've tried a lot of pens that I will use for a while, but I always end up with my Pilot again. I do have to say, though, the Fisher Space Pen is definitely my EDC. I work in construction and this pen takes a beating and keeps going.
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For pens that I leave everywhere as decoys, I grew up with the Bic Crystal and still have a certain affection for it. 😄
PowerTank or Space Pen only because they can write horizontally which is the only reason they have something over fountain pens.
A non-fountain pen? Blasphemy!!! Satin, get thee behind!
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Pilot Precise Extra Fine. I buy them in bulk.
The Uniball BLX line has a nice range of colors, and they suit me well. I like most uni pens, but I really enjoy the gel pen version with those colors. My handwriting tends to run a bit large.
Pentel Slicci in 0.25 mm, Pilot Hi-Tec-C in the same. They both work wonderfully for writing small and inking many things.
Will second the vote Uniball Jetstream if we are talking about disposable pens, but I love the body of the OHTO Tasche ballpoint, and both its own refill (Parker-style needlepoint) and Stabilo refills (these are wide mediums) are my favorite. Staedtler refills that come in their more upscale ballpoints are excellent as well; too bad they don't sell refills separately.
1. Montblanc 149 2. I like Pilot gel refill 0.4 mm and always trying to put it in some other pen, because don't like the original Pilot. Had it for long time in one of my Parkers. 3. Favoured pencil Rotring 800 0.5 mm with Faber Castel refills.
Baron Fig Squire is my daily companion. Took some getting used to the brushed exterior and now I LOVE it!
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1. Parker Roller ball 2. Pilot 0.4 mm 3. Stabilo 0.4 mm
all these as inserts
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to my own hand made pen body...
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Plastic, wood, leather, rubber
Tofig
Wow! If only I knew how to use rubber to fix all the 'melting' rubber from some of my gadgets like GPS units and such!
As a freelance editor specializing in military, weapon-centric, and action genres, I burn through a lot of pens particularly red, blue and black. I am one of a few "old school" editors accepting paper manuscripts. A lot of my editing is done for other editors, who contract me ensuring they did not miss any edits - especially if they are not familiar with my specialty. Many times I have to use another color (green is especially one of my favorites) to differentiate my edits from the other editor. Most of the paper used is not FP friendly causing excessive bleed through.

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My favorite pens are the Pilot G2 gel pen in 0.7mm tip. These are my go to pens for editing work. For general writing on non-FP friendly paper, my favorite pens are Paper Mate Liquid Expresso in extra fine.
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You should create a poll for it. Massdrop loves to choose their next drops from community interest.
I recently fell down the rabbit hole of refillable Montblanc rollerball/fineliner cartridges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3crIqTChlns). Vid's a little long, but definitely worth a look if you already have FP ink. You may still get bleed through, but some fast-drying Noodler's inks might remedy that. A few caveats... I'm still using up the original ink in my Montblanc cartridge, so I haven't been able to try it myself (I'll try to remember to report back once I do). Also, I had to slightly shave off the cap of the Montblanc cartridge to fit my pen (it was made to take a Pilot G2 cartridge), but I have removed the cap. Finally, I don't write as much as you do, so you might be refilling the cartridges more than you'd like. Hopefully this helps! -Jeff
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I finally got around to bringing my Parker IM 5th Tech into rotation. It's my kind of eye candy, and it's not badly made either.
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However, The reason I own it is Parker's "unique" 5th Tech writing system.
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Honestly, there is nothing unique about it. It's writing characteristics are pretty much identical to those of the Sharpie|Pen.
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Which, by the way, sells for half the price of a 5th Tech refill. Just a straight forward capillary fine-liner made to look like a fountain pen feed and nib. That said, the Sharpie|Pen is a pretty good writer, and so is my 5th Tech. Does it make my favorites list? It would have, had Parker refrained from selling it as something revolutionary.
Theroc
I love the Sharpie Pen, but haven't been able to try one of Parker's 5th TM pens. Is it worth adding it to my already-too-big collection?
Liz
It really does write like the Sharpie|Pen; A smooth-writing fine fiber tip with no bleed-through or feathering. I guess it depends on how much you like Parker's premium finishes. If one of them haunts you, then an Urban or IM 5th Tech is well worth it. However, if you are looking for a novel, or revolutionary, writing experience, 5th Tech is not it.
Just discovered a great pen: Pilot V Corn. I'm using a red one and I love the ink and the way it writes. Looked 'em up they're 81.6% recycled content, which is cool. Unfortunately, the one I found was loose, in a cup of pens, aaaaaand it has Japanese writing. I have no idea which nib I have. If anyone can tell me based on the characters, that would be cool.
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Dr.McCoy
"Direct liquid type" according to google image translate.
Dr.McCoy
It reads 直液式,水性,which translates to 'direct liquid type,' 'water-based or aqueous.' Japanese Kanji is essentially the same as Chinese Hanzi characters. From there, they simplified the writing to Hiragana and Katakana is used to demarcate borrowed words from other languages pronounced the Japanese way. :)
I've been really liking the Pentel Tradio -- really nice .7mm gel refillable! http://www.jetpens.com/Pentel-Tradio-EnerGel-Combo-Gel-Pen-Nature-Matte-Body-0.7-mm-Gray-Body-Black-Ink/pd/5249
I really like Fisher pens. I use the Zero Gravity because it is larger than most of their other pen styles. My writing is on the small side, so I go with the fine point in blue so the ink will stand out better on forms.
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EnerGel needletip, but the regular metal tip is great too. LOVE LOVE LOVE
I've been using a G2 for some time and discovered the limited version a few years ago. It provides metal heft and a better rubber grip than the clear plastic version. I also really like the Axiom. Twice now I've misplaced it and missed it enough to almost buy a replacement. I like less though the ink it uses. It may be that the cartridge is getting old, but it doesn't quite write as smoothly as I'd like. Recently I've been trying the Energel and like the way they write enough to consider getting a metal or otherwise upgraded version to use with refills.
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choiceweb0pen0
The Energels are excellent gel pens, and underrated IMO.
Liz
The Energels are decent pens. If I can't find G2 refills, Energels are my back up pen for editing. I too like the G2 Limited - I have three of them, but would not mind more. I got my Limiteds through JetPens. The Pilot Juice and Hi-Tec-Cs are both also good gel pens. If Massdrop offered a drop of Pilot gel pens (with the exception of the FriXion) I would be interested, especially if the drop featured Pilot Limited pens in exclusive colors.
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ATC729
I love the fountain pen.
The Lamy 2000 multi-pen! The mechanism to select the different colors is awesome. It doesn't have that cheap feel or look that most other multi-pens have.
A friend of mine recently gave me a fine-point Sharpie pen (different from a regular fine point sharpie) - it's really great. Doesn't bleed unless you really hold it to the paper, not much feathering - even on cheap paper. And can be had for ~50 cents each. The Pilot G2 is pretty nice as well - but I'm not a huge fan of ballpoints. I'll go with that if my FP or the Sharpie isn't available. Though, to tell the truth, I might actually prefer a pencil at that point.
Dr.McCoy
I REALLY like the Sharpie pen; totally forgot about that guy! There's something about writing with fibrous tip pens that make me think my handwriting looks better. Maybe because they're more tactile?
Liz
I think it has to do with not needing pressure and because there is higher resistance from the paper (just like fountain pens). It keeps your hand from flying around too easily (especially if you tend to write with your wrist/arm, as I do).
For years, I, and everyone I knew, thought I had terrible handwriting because all there were was ballpoints. People actually made jokes about it. The day I switched to a FP I noticed a marked improvement.
These are my current favorite non-FPs; both are gel rollers.
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I've recently accepted the fact that my hand is steadier and writing is more effortless with more substantial pens. As good as a slim pen might look, chubby pens are more fun to write with. So I find myself keeping the Pilot Timeline in rotation more than others. The Timeline uses proprietary refills; pricier than other Pilot refills, but just as good.
The Breakaway is my only Retro so far. I love the look and feel of its finish. That it uses Schmidt refills doesn't hurt either. Finally, paper does not always have to be white. Where is the fun in that? And what would I do with the ungodly number of Signos and Gelly Rolls that I have.
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Theroc
I love the body style of the Timeline series, and the only reason I don't use mine more often is due to the proprietary refill. I wish they did a 0.38 mm or similar!
The white ink Signo UM-153 is great also. I wrote with these to make my place cards, and they do a good job for smaller white out areas.
I have several pens I go to when I really need to write something down fast. Some of my favorites are Hi-Tech coletos (I have Little Twin Star, My Melody, and some plain ones). The barrel holds 3 to 4 (or 5?) refills. I also bought some cute pens from my Japan trips. I forgot the brands though.
dementia
I was just listening to the Pen Addict podcast where they talk about multi pens and was thinking about picking up one of those! And now I'm going down an internet hole of Sanrio pens..
jeanines
They're really good! Most are gel pens in points. Make sure to buy refills because the inks run out fast.
I randomly got a free Uniball Jetstream about 5 years ago and it has been my go to ever since. It writes smooth and dries super quickly (I've turned my left-handed friends onto this one). It comes in standard colors, but they also make them in darker shades of more interesting colors.
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I haven't really delved into the non-FP part of the pen world, but my Karas Kustoms EDK Pen is also pretty great.
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Liz also got me hooked on the Signo RT. I freaking LOVE them and I think I've bought like 20 since she's shown me! Currently using one in the Machine Era Brass pen (which just happens to fit perfectly) with a Life Vermilion Notebook.
MikeMD
Nice combo! Those little Lifes are sweet.
Yes!! Only one, the Parker Cisele ballpoint, made in the 60's and later. Sterling silver and easy to get for around $100. Plus, you could grab a vintage Parker 75 to match while you're shopping!
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