What really is the difference between...

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  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    What really is the difference between a fountain pen and a gel pen?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Did you take a look here already?

    Anyway, I find writing with a fountain pen more comfortable than with a gel pen, and it doesn't destroy the hand writing that much, if you have one to begin with.
    Strangely I always had to use fountain pens with nibs for lefties, as the ones for right hand writing were hard to work with. I guess, that is the advantage of the gel pen, to be ambidextrous, though there a nibs for both hands too.
     
  3. waloshin thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Of course, but how do they write differently, I am looking for personal opinion.
     
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    I use G2s and love them, although a good fountain pen will write very smoothly and easily. Cheap fountain pens are messy and scratchy.
     
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Fountain pens use a nib. Gel pens are typically ball-point.
     
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  7. simsaladimbamba

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    Not even with the right nibs?
     
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Nope.
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    What do you use for handwritten documents then?
     
  10. soco macrumors 68030

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    Wait, really? Why?
     
  11. rasmusonline, Nov 29, 2011
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    So am I but I used to use both.

    Eventually I prefer gel pens though cause they don't blur but my current one just dried out.
     
  12. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Because left handed people are evil and broken people. They should be shunned. :D
     
  13. soco macrumors 68030

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    No I know that, but why can't they use pens?
     
  14. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    No. Their fundamental evil prevents them from properly using such devices. The only thing left handed people are good for is playing pitcher in baseball.
     
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    Because rdowns made a promise back in 2004 to not agree with anything anyone on these forums says aside from a few members. :p
     
  16. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Ink smears as you write when your hand rubs over it.
     
  17. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    This. A fountain pen especially. I can do a gel pen but depends on the pen.

    Ball points work best for lefties.

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    Whats a handwritten document? Oh wait those things I did back in high school before I got a computer :p
     
  18. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Bring back the ink-well. :cool:

    Pre-pubescent boys DEMAND it. :p
     
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    If that were true I wouldn't be single :rolleyes:
     
  21. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

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    And while you are at it, bring back the canes and the birch.

    KGB:D
     
  22. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Yep, I have no problem with that either. ;)
     
  23. RawBert, Nov 29, 2011
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    I've used a wide variety of writing and drawing instruments.
    I find that fountain pens kind of scratch the paper at certain angles as you write.
    I absolutely love the Pentel EnerGel 0.7 mm gel pen. I've been using it exclusively for 10 years for any handwriting.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. kapolani macrumors regular

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    My 10 month old girl is showing left handed tendencies. I'm ambidextrouse but generally prefer to write with my left hand.

    I hated smearing ink as a kid and freaking having to crook my arm when writing in spiral notebooks.

    I don't want her to suffer the Mae way I did. Hah!
     
  25. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I had issues in 3rd grade with spiral notebooks. My teacher bought me a new spiral notebook and told me to use it from the back cover to the front. I do that to this day.
     

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