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I Think This Ballpoint Phase May be Ending

My interest in and use of fountain pens rises and falls I’m not certain, but I think the seasons have something to do with it.

Regardless, long about Christmas time my journal shows I dumped my awesome Pelikan M200 with home-ground italic nib to pick up the venerable Fisher AG7 space pen. Both pens are reliable writers with good memories, but I think this time around the stress of the holidays made me crave the simple bombproofness of the Fisher.

But lately I keep finding myself at work wishing I’d brought my Pelikan. I would suggest maybe that spring was in the air but for the 14 inches of snow that are due to fall today.

Regardless, it’s a good sign.

2 comments… add one
  • Tony Belding February 24, 2011, 4:33 pm

    I only need one ballpoint. I like to have one on my person in case I run into some carbon (or carbonless) copy forms, or in case I need to loan a pen to somebody. A Fisher Space Pen has filled that role for many years with minimal fuss.

    Beyond that, it’s all fountain pens. My favorites are Sheaffers: Snorkels, Imperials, and lately I’ve discovered the Targa. I got a chrome-plated Targa with a fine steel nib for my normal everyday scribbling, and a gold-plated Targa with an oblique 14K gold nib for bold signatures and special notes. It’s a great combination.

    The chrome pen also came with a matching, slim ballpoint. It’s very nifty, and I actually think I may carry it for a while in place of the Space Pen. Sheaffer ballpoint refills are nothing to brag about, but I found I could take a Parker-style gel refill and trim the plastic tail to make it fit perfectly.

    • Steve March 2, 2011, 11:17 am

      I was using the Pilot G-2 refills in a Rotring rollerball for a while. I like the way rollerballs work, but in some ways they seem to mix the worst of both ball points and fountain pens. Liquid ink that smears and doesn’t always work well on some papers, and the greased-nail feel that many ball points have.

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