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Pinch Hitter

ballpoint rollerball backup alternative

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#1 Chuasam


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 02:59

What is your backup pen? or do you have one?

What is the sidekick that you carry for when you need to make carbon prints or in situations where a fountain pen is not suitable (when writing on plastic coated paper).


My side kick is the Lamy Swift Palladium.


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 03:02

In a pinch, I ask to borrow someone else's ballpoint.   :rolleyes:

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 04:10

Cross Tech3+. Black, Red and 0.7 (or was it 0.5? Don't remember...) Plus, it has a Stylus :-) All in one pen, not that thick as one would think...

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:09

I don't carry it often, but a Parker jotter.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 05:56

I carry a black Cross Classic Century ballpoint pen for triplicate forms, etc. at work.  My everyday carry is typically a Lamy Safari, my TWSBI 540 or a Pilot Vanishing Point.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 08:29

I've got a few ballpoint pens that I used to LOVE.  I carried a Surefire original pen for years.  I love it because of how flexible it is in terms of refills it will take.  It can take just about anything.  It was "my pen" for the better part of a decade.  Since I've found fountain pens, I can't write with ballpoints and rollerballs anymore.  It's not that my touch is too light, it's that my hand cramps up and it's so uncomfortable to write with them.  So I'll occasionally pull out my old pens and try and use them and realize that I don't want to anymore.  It's a bit sad.


Nowadays I carry a pencil and a fountain pen with me.  I don't use ballpoints or rollerballs.  If I have to sign a carbon paper, I just borrow a non-fountain pen, like kiavonne above.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:30

Woodcase pencils, preferably a Tombow Mono 100 in B. I also carry the Midori brass bullet pencil and a little Zebra propelling pencil as a backup.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:47

Just about any cheap gel pen.  Right now it's a Jimnie Gel.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 11:50

I usually have a few inexpensive gel pens in my bag. I also tend to carry a few pencils, usually some woodcase and some mechanical.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:01

Uniball Jetstream

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 12:55

Waterman Phileas Ballpoint.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 14:05

My backup pens are permanently in my desk drawer at work.

A Parker 25 (Matte Black), and 3 Parker Vectors in various stated of destruction.





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Posted 03 March 2014 - 14:31

Monteverde One Touch ballpoint + stylus

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 14:43

OHTO G-Slender Ballpoint

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 14:56

I am continually festooned with pens. I carry my Lamy Safari and Pilot Metropolitan in a pouch in my bag, If I think I'll need them. But I can always be counted on to have a Pilot Techpoint 5mm, a fine Sharpie marker, several pencils, and anything else I've purloined from doctors offices, hotels, restaurants, whatever. Basically the only pens I won't pocket are Other People's Pens (OPP). 


I don't do ballpoints, they've never really worked for me, but since my bag is a black hole for writing instruments in the same way that some women's purses are hordes of lipgloss, I can generally find something appropriate for the task at hand. 

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 15:35

My trusted ole' Cross Century Ballpoint pen. I got it in 1998 when I was gifted it.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 15:55

In my bag I have a Waterman Forum rollerball and a Montblanc ballpoint, both from the 90's.

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 16:13

Pentel Energel Liquid Gel. Serves as a decent backup and a great "lender" pen if the occasion arrises. 

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 16:17

I have a huge cup of assorted non-FPs on my desk at school. Felt tip, ball point, mechanical pencils, whiteboard markers - it's all there. At home there are tons of random ballpoints and such laying around too. So if I really need one, I just grab whatever's closest. I had bought a really nice looking Pilot G2 rollerball at the beginning of the semester, but it doesn't seem to agree with me very well. Very comfortable to write with, but the ink takes so long to dry that I wind up with a page full of smears. Really quite a shame and I should see if a different refill would solve the problem, because it would be my first choice of non-FP writing instrument...

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 17:50

The only non fountain pen I carry right now is a cheap nylon tip pen.  I never actually write with it though.  It sort of functions as ablative armour in case someone asks me to borrow a pen :)

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