Favourite Pen


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Sep 30, 2003
Just as the title says, what is your favourite pen? Rollerball, ballpoint, fountain.

Right now i can't decide between the Pilot G2 and the Uniball Signo 207.


macrumors 68020
Jan 21, 2005
Bic Stick Pen with the clear case. Can get a years supply for $1.19... :D

katie ta achoo

macrumors G3
May 2, 2005
umm.. whatever writing utensils I find laying around the rehearsal room after class. :p

Cheap Bics are the way to go but are horrible on my hands.


macrumors 68030
Aug 1, 2004
I like Gel Pens, but I'd rather use a mechanical pencil, .05mm, HB lead, my weapon of choice.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 17, 2003
Boston, MA
I prefer fountain pens but don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on them.. Currently, the pen I use most often is a Waterman Phileas fountain pen ($35). No pen I have owned has offered such a nice writing experience for less money. Another pen I really enjoy is the Namiki Vanishing Point ($90). I don't take the Namiki out as often since it costs more. I've lost a few pricey pens before and am now more careful. I'm also very fond of my ballpoint/stylus combo, the Dr. Grip Stylus ($9).


macrumors member
Jul 27, 2005
Punta Gorda, Florida
I usually use free pens from places like hotels and dentist offices, just because I always seem to lose pens. Also, all too often somebody will ask to borrow a pen, and I'll of course never see it again. Or I'll see them writing with it 6 months later and they refuse to admit it's not theirs.

However, I recently participated in a junior leadership program in my county where 20 high school students are handpicked to learn about how the county works. At our graduation from the program, we all got gifts of nice Sheaffer pens. At first I thought it was kind of a crappy gift, but I love my pen now. It has my name inscribed on, so nobody can "borrow" the pen and claim it as their own. Not that I willingly let people borrow it, but sometimes people borrow things without asking. It also stays in my purse so that I'll never lose it.

But by far the best thing about my Sheaffer pen is how comfortable it is to write with. And I never have had to scribble to get the ink flowing. I used it for the essays on my AP English Langauge and Composition exam and AP U.S. History exam and while everybody eles's hands were cramping, I was fine. I got a 4 (out of a scale from 1-5) on both exams, and I think having a really good pen contributed somewhat to me doing so well.


macrumors 68000
Nov 24, 2002
For ball point pens: Cross. Love 'em (have 6.)
For fountain pens: Mont Blanc. Expensive, but they write really smooth. Lamy pens are also pretty good (fountain.)

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
Adelaide, Australia
Cheap ball point pens all the way. I hate pens that are heavy and/or fat and for some reason the cheaper the pen, the easier I find it to write with...

Okay, who am I kidding. I don't write anything, I just doodle on the side of the page, but it's still way nicer with a cheap pen. :p


Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
Bergen, Norway
For ordinary, cheap ball-pens I prefer Pilot BPSGP <M> in black (but I also have a couple of blue and green ones).

For a bit more comfort I have to go for Dr. Grip, also from Pilot:


Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
Favourite pen? The one I can lay my hand on the quickest when needed.

Saying that, I used to have a nice funky red Parker rollerball that I left behind in a payphone a few years ago. Currently tucked into my filofax is a 'UNI' gel thing... with dark pink ink. :)


macrumors 65816
Jun 28, 2005
Brighton, UK
Anything that's black, I can't stand writing in blue.

Anything that's free is even better, but if I have to put money towards them, you can't beat a box of 20 clear bics :)



macrumors 601
Jul 1, 2004
I like the Pilot G-2 Retractable pens.

But my preferred writing utensil is the Pentel Sharp 0.5mm Drafting Pencil. I had one that I used through all 5 years of college. I only had to replace the lead and the eraser.