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What's your writing utensil of choice?

Postby Amicitia » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:15 am UTC

I use a Pentel GraphGear 1000 for anything in pencil--it's a bit heavy, but has good balance. Otherwise I use a Rotring Core fountain pen.

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Postby clockworkmonk » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:19 am UTC

I use the regular HB 2 pencils. Not particular as to the brand, as long as it is made of wood.

If I am doing something that requires a pen, I grab whatever is around. As I am left handed, my pens tend to break faster.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:22 am UTC

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and/or this really cool pen that I don't have handy, but has a little Ink Visibility Window, and it ALWAYS writes a steady, smooth black line. They're about eight bucks each, and a co-worker gets them by the truckload from one of his design offices. I prefer the pencil, though.

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Postby Lyra Ngalia » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:23 am UTC

For most things, I prefer a fine line black gel pen, but for pencils, I like mechanical, with 0.5 lead.

Make and model are unimportant, as long as it's comfortable and relatively light.
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Postby scrt_rbt_agnt » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:24 am UTC

whatever those regular old bic pens are. not the ones that run ink like crazy, but the other ones.
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Postby wing » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:26 am UTC

A frickin' computer.


Failing that, whatever I can steal. I have NOTHING to write with at home.
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Postby Amicitia » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:27 am UTC

The pentel I use has a retractable end, which is incredibly useful and effectively less expensive then pencils which poke holes in pants/hands.

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Postby Solt » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:29 am UTC

Pentel, particularly the Twist Erase .5mm (blue). I also have a .7mm which technically is for heavy writing (.5mm for notes, calculations). I've also got 2 Dr. Grip .5mm just 'cuz.

For pens I use blue Bics, the cheap ballpoints. Obviously I value my pencils far more than my pens but the Bic ballpoint is pretty good, ink flow wise. I only use pens to take notes and tests that are all words, like for humanities classes.
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Postby __Kit » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:31 am UTC

I use those free ones people seem to give away with their company's logo on them etc.

I use bic, but I try not to, because I eat them. I eat the top which makes them impossible to click, then the side. NOM NOM NOM.
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Postby pollywog » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:41 am UTC

__Kit wrote:I use those free ones people seem to give away with their company's logo on them etc.

I use bic, but I try not to, because I eat them. I eat the top which makes them impossible to click, then the side. NOM NOM NOM.


My friend ("friend" meaning guy that sits next to me) at school eats all my pens and pencils. He once bit a Biro in half, just because he didn't want to give it back to me.

I prefer pens with a sharp point, especially if someone else is going to be reading it, because my handwriting is quite messy, and I do some of my letters differently to other people, so thin lines help somehow. But if I'm writing for myself, I'll just use whatever is lying around. I have about 15 pens from different universities because of career choice day.

I can't really use clutch (mechanical) pencils, because I press too hard and always break the lead. But normal pencils are fun, and with a rubber (eraser) it looks like I make less mistakes.
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Postby Okita » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:47 am UTC

While my writing utensil of choice changes depending on what I'm doing (ex. pencil for mathematics/ drawing), I have a secret love for fountain pens.

They are so incredibly pompous yet so cool.

Anyone else a fan of the fancy fountain pen?
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Postby Amicitia » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:49 am UTC

Okita wrote:While my writing utensil of choice changes depending on what I'm doing (ex. pencil for mathematics/ drawing), I have a secret love for fountain pens.

They are so incredibly pompous yet so cool.

Anyone else a fan of the fancy fountain pen?

The one I'm using is cheap but excellent for writing, but I have a secret desire to splurge on a expensive one that looks incredibly awesome.

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Postby Jack Saladin » Mon Sep 10, 2007 5:54 am UTC

I can't stand writing, I think my technique must suck because I can't write more than a couple of paragraphs until I get sharp pains all over my hand and wrist.

I much prefer keyboards.

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Postby Peshmerga » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:02 am UTC

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Postby __Kit » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:03 am UTC

Okita wrote:Anyone else a fan of the fancy fountain pen?


Yes, my mum was telling me when I was little, I wanted to buy this $150 pen, or get it for my birthday or something, ha.
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Postby lowbrass » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:05 am UTC

Pentel PS 315 (0.5mm):

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I pretty much use this exclusively for all engineering related purposes. When I need to use a pen I prefer a Pilot Precise V5 extra fine ballpoint. But really any pen will do.
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Postby scowdich » Mon Sep 10, 2007 6:44 am UTC

Black retractable Pilot G-2 05. Writes a fine, steady line, doesn't bleed easily, and I can write stuff on my hand without too much trouble (a boon for one as absent-minded as me).

Of course, when it comes to filling in tiny circles, a basic #2 graphite pencil (with a couple emergency backups that I always keep near my slide rule) is the obvious choice.

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Postby Aoeniac » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:23 am UTC

Fingerpaint.




Haha but seriously I never really had much preference for writing implements until one day I picked up a pen to write with and it felt SO PERFECT in my hand that I stopped and stared at it for a good minute, holding up the line at the bank. After which I went on a quest to find a pack of them at my local supply stores, culminating in my purchase of a box of Uniball Vision Elites.

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Oh but you must always, ALWAYS have a large felt-tipped marker (chisel tipped just won't do) with permanent ink that will hold to wood, plastic, metal, and paint. Keep it on hand at all times. If your pocket is too inconvenient than at least have one in the glove box or backpack. You never, ever know when you'll get an opportunity to scribble something on SOMETHING ELSE.
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Postby jmrz » Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:59 am UTC

Lately, I have been writing with this:

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It is a nice pen to write with, the problem I have with ballpoint pens is that they are weird shapes or they are too thin and I hold my pen weird and they end up hurting my hand. This one is thicker and I don't have that problem. For exams though, I wrap my pen with blue-tac a) to play with when I finish early/get bored/get stressed and b) to stop my hand hurting.

EDIT: Yes, it is a Maze Pen. There are two little silver balls inside the casing that fustrate me to no end because there is one section about in the middle that I just cannot get them past.
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Postby damienthebloody » Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:07 am UTC

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Postby The Cosmic Fool » Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:45 am UTC

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Postby Jesse » Mon Sep 10, 2007 9:48 am UTC

Cheap pens and thae one awesome pen that Ren sent me for my birthday.

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Postby DuSTman » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:32 pm UTC

I just ordered a rainbow-lacquered Fisher "bullet" space pen.

I also quite like fountain pens, although I don't really go for the super-expensive kind (generally, I favour the "Parker Inflection" pens with fine nibs. RRP is apparently about £30-£40, but they can be had off ebay for £15.)

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Postby mrcheesypants » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:39 pm UTC

damienthebloody wrote:Bacon.


You sir, are a man beyond men. But what do you use as ink?

Anyway, I just use a bunch of BIC mechanical pencils. For college, my mother got me about 150 of them...


...and a pencil sharpener. Me and my dad continued to laugh at her until I finally moved out.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:48 pm UTC

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Postby joeframbach » Mon Sep 10, 2007 1:56 pm UTC

I use the Pilot G2 for everything but math. It's my best friend.
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Postby dubsola » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:07 pm UTC

A fork.

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Postby b.i.o » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:23 pm UTC

A keyboard.

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Postby Teshi » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:42 pm UTC

Either a keyboard or one of those pens you get from a hotel. For some reason, I prefer hotel pens over any other kind of pen.

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Postby xyzzy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:44 pm UTC

I use a Pilot Hi-Tecpoint 0.5mm for everything I can. If I need to use a pencil, it's generally a cheap HB, although I'm looking at investing in a good mechanical one for math if I need it.

Where possible, however, I use pen.

DuSTman, that fountain pen you mentioned sounds right up my street. I'll keep an eye out for one.
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Postby ifeedlions » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:46 pm UTC

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Damned things last forever. I carry a black permanent marker on my person at all times.
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Postby Sprocket » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:50 pm UTC

I know that geeks use pencil, but I hate writing with a pencil. It feels icky, and I drag my hand through it sometimes, or the next page scuffs it all up so you can't read it anymore, and my writing just looks crappy with it, it doesn't flow. I prefer a fine-tip high quality ball point pen, or a fine, felt tip marker. Like a pilot or some such.

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Postby Okita » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:53 pm UTC

ifeedlions wrote:Damned things last forever. I carry a black permanent marker on my person at all times.


You're right, they do last forever. I don't think I ever have used one completely fully. I end up losing them before I use them up.

Curious.

Maybe they secretly migrate home to recharge before re-appearing in a permanent marker box in the store.
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Postby ifeedlions » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:00 pm UTC

@Cat: Actually, no... It's just a force of habit from working in a warehouse, and then later marking files for destruction at a sh*tty office job, and then later at a warehouse, and then marking expiration dates on plastic at several restaurants... I don't think I've ever had a job that didn't require a permanent marker, which is curious.

@Okita: My current marker has been in use for over a year now, and the tip is still firm, and has no sign of running out of ink. I suspect they rotate in one's own charge in shifts, like so many beefeaters.
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Postby Clerria » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:24 pm UTC

Any red pen. I like pens because they're not scratchy and write smooth, so I prefer blue honestly, but I like red because:

It sticks out on a paper otherwise covered in dull colors,

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Postby ifeedlions » Mon Sep 10, 2007 3:26 pm UTC

Clerria wrote:I like red because:

It sticks out on a paper otherwise covered in dull colors...



Still looks grey to me.

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Postby gmalivuk » Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:14 pm UTC

Usually a roller ball pen. It has all the advantages of using ink (doesn't smudge, don't need to sharpen it or replace the lead, etc) with the resistance feel of a pencil. (Some ballpoints move too easily across the page, and my handwriting ends up getting a bit messy.) Also, unlike most ballpoints, they tend to write pretty well in the cold, too.

Though I do still have 2.5 left (two unused, one probably about halfway out of ink) of ten clicker ballpoints I bought in New Zealand almost a year ago, which I continue to use for nostalgia value.
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