I don’t think of myself as someone who’s picky about pens, but at some point during college I developed a strong preference for the Pilot V-Ball (extra fine), and after that I never looked back. It seemed like an unfussy choice: it was a good pen with good ink in unadventurous colors. It wasn’t flashy. It wasn’t cool. It worked.
Best of all, it used to be easy to find at drugstores and supermarkets. Alas, that’s no longer the case, and I’m not quite sure what to do. I guess never realized how attached I’d grown to my V-Balls until I tried some other pens.
The Pilot â€œPrecise Zingâ€ has great ink, but I’m not wild about that thick silver, blue, and purple plastic case. The less fancy and still ubiquitous Pilot Precise seems like a solid choice, but the nib just feels too thinâ€”like I could bend it if I pressed too hard. Ink from the Sanford uni-ball flows unevenly on the first stroke, and the Pilot EasyTouch does nothing to mitigate my dislike of ball point pens.
Eventually I broke down and ordered a couple of new V-Balls from the Pilot website. It’s now obvious that my â€œstrong preferenceâ€ has turned into a full-fledged addition, but never mind.
Are you picky about pens?