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Pinch Hitter

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#21 Philosoraptor


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Posted 03 March 2014 - 18:49

I carry a couple of Pilot G2's, a Bic felt tip pen, and a Safari Mechanical pencil in my bag.  

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Posted 03 March 2014 - 22:20

Uniball rollerball pens -- I use then for inking pencil drawings for artwork/design projects I do fairly regularly, because I have so far not found an FP ink that behaves well enough for that purpose.  I need solid black (no shading) with a medium line (for photocopying purposes), fast drying, working well on crappy printer paper in -- often -- very humid conditions (i.e., no spread or feathering), which doesn't smudge when dry when I erase the pencil lines underneath).  And which takes to being covered with whiteout if necessary.  (Don't bother to recommend inks to me -- I probably have samples of pretty much all the black FP inks on the market at this , but only three Preppy rollerballs for tester pens).  The only downside to the basic black Uniballs is that they aren't refillable, AFAIK, so that makes them disposable. 

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#23 Nigh Means Near

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 00:32

I've had a great deal of success with Noodler's X-feather as a drawing ink. It even brushes on nicely. The only non fountain pen ink I've used that is blacker is Talens Drawing ink.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:50

I'm a musician, so I always have a mechanical pencil on me to mark my music in class or practice.  I also have a Sharpie pen or like others have said, I'll borrow a ballpoint pen.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 01:54

I have a Cross ballpoint pen that I usually keep in my bag. I have also found Dr. Grip pens are reasonably pleasant to write with and if I know I will have to use a ballpoint I will usually bring one of those. Apart from that I always have some kind of a mechanical pencil. I've been considering buying one of those ballpoint/pencil combos and calling it a day since I rarely use them anyway. 

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 02:33

my pinch-hitters (really, just other players in the line-up as I couldn't live without them):


- mechanical pencil (one of: Rotring Rapid Pro, TWSBI Precision MP, or Lamy 2000 MP) or lead holder (Caran d'Ache fix pencil) -- used for marginalia in academic books (must be non-permanent for me as I must be able to erase and change as my thinking on issues, scholars, theories evolves.  Some days the MPs get used far, far more than my FPs.  


- Lamy 2000 ballpoint -- used when my FPs won't do (e.g., signing those slick credit card thermal papers) or to lend to other people

Edited by shudaizi, 04 March 2014 - 02:36.

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 07:12

Always have a Fisher bullet pen in my pocket and one in the car.  My briefcase has a Montverde bp and a mp in slots.  I also keep a pen pouch in the briefcase with a Pilot VP F nib inked with Pilot blue-black, a Lamy Vista F nib inked with Sheaffer red, and a Pentel mp.

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