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Saturday, January 8. 2011
First off, if you aren't hip to gel pens yet, you are just squaresville, baby. The main reason 'razor point' pens came into popularity years ago is because, unlike cheap ballpoints, the ink starts flowing immediately. Gel pens do likewise, but they don't have that scratchy feel that razor points have.
To note is that almost every pen out there, regardless of type, lays down a line .7 millimeters wide. Somebody once decided that's the standard and there she be. Then the other day I was looking over gel pens at Office Depot and way over to one side I noticed a package that said "1.0" for the line width. A star was born.
What's interesting is that the line doesn't necessarily look 'fatter' as much as 'darker'. I'm speaking of black ink in this case, and that .3 millimeter made all the difference as to whether or not I had to haul out my stoopit reading glasses every time I wanted to glance at my shopping list. That .3 millimeter crossed some delicate boundary in my eyes' field of focus.
The pen I grabbed is here. Most of the larger pen companies have a 1.0 gel stashed somewhere.
Coincidentally, the next day I was giving some info to my mom over the phone and got the old "Darn, hold on a sec — this pen doesn't work." Naturally, I immediately made a beeline for the Office Depot site and sent her a box of 12 just in time for Christmas.
I'd like to report that it was her favorite present, but that would be the elephant Chia Pet I gave her. The pens came in second. She was, however, so thrilled at having discovered (1) gel pens to begin with, and (2) 1.0 gels pens at that, that she promptly doubled the amount of the Xmas check she sent me.
A victory for .3 millimeters, everywhere.
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I like them, but I've used Uniball fine point pens for years and probably won't change away.
Is the gel ink waterproof?
Yes, but it does take a little time to dry, so it isn't quite as dash-and-go as a ballpoint or razor point. But, small price to pay for the immediate smooth flow and dark lettering.
I love gel pens, they write great outside in the rain. Ballpoint pens tend to tear wet paper, whereas the gel "rolls" on wet paper without the tearing. The main difference you will find with the wider 1.0 pens is that they lay down more ink, therefore they run out of ink faster. The pen manufacuter will love you for buying more pens, because you are using more ink.
Just go to a fountain pen... you'll never go back!
Had mine 20 years and counting.
Our long time friend and attorney uses fountain pens. With real ink from a bottle - no carts.
I came across [url=http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/PRODUCT/Product.asp?Params=Category=8-831|Level=2-3|pageid=7829]this[/url] earlier, so they're definitely out there.
abandoned fountain pens. As a lefthand writer they just don't work.
The ink smudges, ink all over your hand, constant clogging of the ink channels because it doesn't flow well.
Must have tried dozens of models, none work for me.
So I went back to the good old HB pencil.
A blast from the past, CS! Remember when replaceable ink cartridges came out for fountain pens? Cutting edge technology, baby. I thought it was a kick and used fountain pens throughout high school and college. Then (typically) someone gave me a gold Cross pen for graduation and that was it for fountain pens -- and good penmanship. Funny how using a fountain pen improves one's handwriting immensely.
Love the pen, I buy about two or three dozens/year, and many times that in refills. In a busy time, those fat refills only last me two to three days. Only problem is that the refills are almost non-existent at my local Staples, anymore. Alas, another set of items that I now purchase on-line. BTW, I use the 0.5 mm Extra Fine point.
What sold me on the gel pens was the fact that Pilot makes one where the ink is [almost] permanent, and thus good for writing checks that can't be altered. I bought a packet of five and have worked my way through four of them already.
Yes, yes, that's a lot of checks, but we just got through the Holidays, better known to me as Christmas and New Years.
1.0, Merc? A veritable war-club, I tell ya. I'll stick with the fine point, to continue the fine writing for which I am (obviously) well known.
Big A -
"A veritable war-club"
Exactly. I figure whatever I lack in persuasive power I'll make up for in sheer ink density. Few will be able to withstand my stridant message. When they see "Call Jim" or "pick up loaf of bread", they will be powerless to resist the intense demand of 1.0 millimeters.
Density power, baby.
Then the other day I was looking over gel pens at Office Depot and way over to one side I noticed a package that said "1.0" for the line width. A star was born.
?? A 1.0mm point pen is something new to you? I knew and used them for years as 'medium point ballpoint pens' -- and hated them every minute, because the wider ink line resulted in smeared and run-together letters. Then I discovered fine-point (0.7mm) pens and never looked back.
"Then I discovered fine-point (0.7mm) pens"
Given that 95% of the pens I looked at the other day were .7's, how does one "discover" them?
What I came across the other day were 1.0 gel pens. While the .7 gels are the cat's ass, the 1.0's are something special.
I suppose I should say 'I discovered how much better' fine point pens were. I used mediums for many years because mediums were cheaper to buy.
Given that 95% of the pens I looked at the other day were .7's
?? again. Where were you looking? I don't know gel pens -- I had a bad experience with the first couple I tried, and went back to ballpoints -- but as for ballpoints, medium (1.0mm) points are ubiquitous, especially in the cheaper brands, and you have to look specifically for fine points to find them.
If by "bad experience" you mean you smeared a few just-written checks and the like, yeah, that's their one down side. But it's made up for by the ultra-black ink and the way they start writing immediately.
"Where were you looking?"
I was just cruising through different sites (Staples, Office Depot, OfficeMax) and it seemed everywhere I turned the pens were .7's or maybe .8's, regardless of type. So I inferred it was some kind of standard. Of the gels, it seemed they were all .7's except for a few exceptions, like these 1.0's.
In other news, are you still a fan of NCIS? I confess I was shocked by how... (gropes for proper word, fails)... STUPID the final three episodes were last year. What a disaster. I wrote about it here. Excuse me, but I have to go heave my lunch into the toilet.
Of the present season, I thought #2, the one with the three interns, was terrific. Palmer really shone. Shined? The guy's got great comedic timing and deadpan delivery. Also #4, the one facing Gibbs against the British intelligence guy was pretty cool, and it's fun seeing Robert Wagner and Gibbs together. All in all, they seem to be rolling along as good as ever. Series killers, notwithstanding.
Yeah, the over-season arc was pretty lame. Okay, very lame. Some nice Gibbs moments, but in general it was a big buildup followed by a lead balloon.
I also liked #2, in large part because it married a good A-plot with a good B-plot. #4 was good, and I liked the episode with the suburbanite bomber. There have been good moments here and there in other episodes, but on the whole, IMHO this season has been a bit of a snoozer compared to past seasons. I look back at my DVDs of seasons 1 and 2, and there's just no comparison. I think maybe the writers have gotten a bit too absorbed in the story arcs, and aren't paying as much attention to individual story strength.