Looking over the pens on my desk I realize that very few of them are expensive pens. Most of the pens that I use on a regular basis are actually pretty inexpensive (even with the price of an after market stub or italic nib factored in). This got me to thinking about why we so frequently equate price with quality. Is a $200 pen really worth ten times more than a $20 pen? When I look at how well my inexpensive pens perform, I have to admit that I have a hard time seeing the value in more expensive pens.
So, let's see some love for those low cost pens! The ever-ready pens that fill out your pen cups, the workhorse pens that rattle around in your briefcases, the knock-around pens that you shove into your backpacks or pockets. What are your favorite pens under $30?
The pens that inspired this post:
--Jinhao X750 (frosted black with a Knox 1.1 nib) total cost: $15
--Pilot Metropolitan (silver zigzag with medium italic nib from a Pilot Plumix) total cost: $19.45
--TWSBI Eco (white with 1.1 nib) total cost: $28.99