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Posted 06 April 2007 - 00:42
Parker Duofold Pinstripe (Blue)
Parker Sonnet (Black Laquer)
Pelikan m620 (Piccadilly Circus)
Visconti Van Gogh (Tortoise)
From time to time I'll switch to a Mont Blanc 169 because it is a very visually appealing instrument but I just don't care much for the way the refill writes. I still like it quite a bit though.
What are your favorite ballpoints?
Posted 06 April 2007 - 00:50
Posted 06 April 2007 - 00:51
1. In the event someone asks me if I have a pen - I do not have to ever give them one of my precious fountain pens. Instead I can provide a ballpoint and .....
2. There are times I may need to sign through multiple part forms and a ballpoint is needed.
So everyday I carry a ballpoint in addition to my fountain pen.
My favorites are a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck Ballpoint and a woodgrain Faber Castell Ballpoint pen. I love the Faber Castell because of its unique qualities and the fact that it is made by the oldest pencil company in the world.
Posted 06 April 2007 - 00:52
Ink samples to trade: Levenger (Smokey, Blue Bahama, Always Greener, Skies of Blue, Fireball, Pinkly, Gemstone Green, Cobalt Blue, Raven Black, Cardinal Red, Cocoa, Amethyst); J. Herbin (Lie de The, Emerald de Chivor, Storm Grey, Rouge Hematite); Diamine (Purple Pazzazz, Bilberry, Ancient Copper, Blue Black, Indigo, and Damson); Sailor (Tokiwa-matsu, Souten); and Chesterfield (Antique Yankee, Night Sapphire, Antique Raven, Antique Walnut, Archival Black, Antique Jade)
Looking for: surprise me!
Posted 06 April 2007 - 00:56
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Posted 06 April 2007 - 19:03
If I have my pen case handy, I'd probably reach for a Uni-ball Signo 207. It's a gel pen, strictly speaking, so it depends how generally you mean "ballpoint", but it's nice to use, smooth, and the ink is permanent, fraud-resistant, and archival safe.
Posted 06 April 2007 - 19:20
i like the waterproof properties of sakura gelly rolls, though im not a fan of their design.
i have a SS jotter with a gel refill which i like a lot, and it usually comes with as a backup to a fountain pen when im out n about.
my absolute favorite disposable to write with out of the rollerball/ballpoint/gels, by far, is the uni-ball jetstream. its smoother than any of my fountain pens, the ink doesnt blob or smear for me, and it always writes perfectly, every single time. its actually a joy to write with one.
my favorite non roller/bp/gel to write with are staedtler pigment liners and sakura pigma microns. i have a .05 staedtler that i really like to write with, since i write small, and .05 is TINY. the sakura pigmas have a nice blue-black and sepia that i really like as well. as soon as i scratch together some change id like to pick up a full set of the colored staedtlers. these pens pull double duty for writing and artwork.
i do like to use ballpoints for drawing sometimes, since you can get some great shading effects with them. in that case, i use the good ol papermate write bros. med pt pens with the white body and black cap. either those, or the plain bic stic or bic crystal. theyre cheap, write fine, and i dont have to worry about losing them when im out sketching/drawing.
i had bought a fisher bullet space pen, but was horribly disappointed by its performance. for $20, i expected something that would write better than a bic stic.
Edited by Latro21, 06 April 2007 - 19:22.
Posted 06 April 2007 - 19:28
But the regular Parker ball point refills are decent and they fit my Caran d'Ache Ecridor ballpoint which is my most used ballpoint pen.
I also carry a Waterman Phileas Rollerball with a Pilot G-2 refill which is obviously nota ballpoint but it is my other non-fountain pen alternative.
Parker "51" flighter; Parker 75 cisele; Conway Stewart Dandy Demonstrator; Aurora 88P chrome; Sailor Sapporo ; Lamy 2000; Lamy 27 double L; Lamy Studio; Pilot Murex; Pilot Sesenta (Red/Grey); Pilot Capless (black carbonesque); Pilot Custom 74 Demonstrator; Pilot Volex; Waterman Expert 2000 (slate blue)
Posted 06 April 2007 - 19:32
Posted 06 April 2007 - 20:10
Another vote here for the vintage Sheaffer Stratowriter. I use an early gold-filled model (1946?) - the one that came with the separate point-protector slip-on cap. I simply added one of the Sheaffer ballpoint widgets from Pendemonium and a modern Sheaffer refill - the existing spring was still perfectly fine - and the pen is as good as new.
I'm convinced that my preference for the Stratowriter is the result of two factors: one emotional and one functional.
The emotional factor: I'm enough of a contrarian to derive enjoyment from using an instrument so spectacularly out-of-date. Truly, the early Stratowriter is even more anachronistic than a BCHR eyedropper. For proof, look no further than the two-handed push-button mechanism...now that's what I call convenience!
The functional factor: the Stratowriter was an expensive and finely engineered pen in its day, and it shows. Even with a retrofitted modern refill, it feels very precise, and the balance of the pen is totally unlike any modern ballpoint's.
(By the way, I have actually come across one Stratowriter that still had a trace of ink in its original "micro-crafted" refill. I can honestly say that the ink did not behave like modern-day ballpoint ink; it was smoother and "dryer" - more like a Parker Liquid Lead pencil, if you've ever used a working one.)
If you have the opportunity to rehabilitate and use one of these old pens, I think you'll enjoy the experience.
PS Thought I could resist the temptation to have a little fun at the expense of the Parker idolators, but I'm too weak. My second favorite ballpoint is the Parker 51 - no contest.
Posted 06 April 2007 - 20:14
I have been contemplating a Mont Blanc Boheme BP which has a nice girth. Any comments on that pen or refills?
Posted 07 April 2007 - 09:01
Posted 07 April 2007 - 14:42
I also have a Sheaffer Vintage sterling silver ballpoint pen which writes nicely. It has an attractive floral pattern and there is the advantage of being able to load gel refills as well as ballpoint refills.
Apart from being inexpensive, durable and unfussy ballpoint pens offer things over fountain pens such as shading (as somebody already mentioned) and that nice tactile experience that you get by writing with a ballpoint on a soft springy surface. I write differently with ballpoints than I do with fountain pens and I enjoy both types of experiences. Felt tip pens however, are quite nasty. The exceptions are when I want the scratchness of Artline 0.5 pens in my drawing and the Staedtler Lumocolour Universal pens which have a firm smooth felt tip.
Posted 07 April 2007 - 14:45
I loved my Fisher Space Pen, but I can't find where I put it.