But really, all of them. And I’ll go more into detail about the Diplomat, Lamy, and the Pilot later but right now I want to deviate just a skosh to talk a little bit about my favorite pens and how I feel they complement my fountain pen habit/daily pen use.
I just love pens, y’all. I’ve always gripped pencils way too hard for comfort and there’s something about mechanical pencils that just don’t sit right with me. Reminds me of this for some reason.
Yes, there are erasable pens but I’ll just cross something out instead of using an erasable pen because WHAT IS THE POINT. Believe it or not there’s dry-erase fountain pen ink and I’m thinking, JUST. BUY. DRY-ERASE. MARKERS. But then again this is a blog about fancy inky sticks so I recognize my moral high ground isn’t as high as I think it is.
Anyway, here they are.
The notebook is an Apica notebook that I bought for $3.15 at Kinokuniya and I really think if you like stationery, weeb stuff, or stationery AND weeb stuff, you should really check it out. In Houston it’s off the Grand Parkway and 1-10 close to Whiskey Cake; in Austin it’s…I don’t know, it’s somewhere in Austin. GOOGLE IT.
I’ll be going left to right providing a brief overview.
- Papermate Inkjoy: The teacher’s best friend. Plenty of colors to choose from and they have the cool thing of having the “grip” cover the entire pen so no matter how you hold your pen it’s covered by the grip. AND it also dries quick.
- Pilot G-2 (1.0 and 0.7) your workhorse gel pen. It was my first ‘favorite’ pen and I love how it writes. Like the other non-FP pens on this list, it’s the one I tend to clip to my work lanyard for quick access (the other being the Uniball Vision which I don’t always love to use). It’s also one of the ones that most frequently gets stolen because of how awesome it is and this is not an endorsment of piracy
- The Pentel Energel became my last favorite non-fountain pen pen before I made the transition into the FP stan that I became. They feel lighter than the Pilot and they also dry quickly, two things that are great for long writing sessions.
- The Pilot Precise is my nostalgic choice because I rememeber these pens were the elegant grown-up-and-business-y type of pens. I really like doodling off the side of whatever I’m working on with these.
- See Pilot above.
- The Pilot Metropolitan M is one of my finer pens and my first fountain pens. It’s such a great starter for reasons I’ve talked about before but a quick recap: $18, comes with a cartridge and a converter so at most you’re only spending that and $10 more in a bottle of ink or $5 in a set of cartridges. This one is my go-to-signature pen. I’ll write a hall pass or I’ll sign-off on documents with it. The ink I’ve chosen for it is also a large part. It flows well, it writes well, and it’s also got this really dark quality to it that reminds me of both the oil paintings I oved looking at when I was a kid and the scrawled ink I’d imagine myself writing with.
- The Lamy AL Star F is a beautiful pen. It takes the best part of the Lamy Safari and the Pilot Metropolitan and puts them together. It’s got the heft of the Pilot Metropolitan with its aluminum body and the quick-start capabilities of the Lamy Safari all in a nice metallic color. I like my purple AL-Star the best because of its color but also because of the ink choice I have: Diamine Scribble. A purple so dark it’s only purple if you know it’s there.
- Finally, the Diplomat Magnum F grew on me. I originally purchased the purple on a whim and I really liked it but it was a shade more bold than I wanted. So I decided to get the fine point and that one’s been amazing. It’s a bit of a wet writer but it’s also in my constant EDC rotation.