Yellow is rare. You won’t find many pens in this color. This means you don’t have to worry too much about temptation. There just aren’t enough out there to break you. In fact, you can probably go into any pen store or pen show and leave with nothing because they didn’t have anything in the right yellow.
EXCEPTION: The Parker Duofold in Mandarin Yellow is hotter than a June bride in a feather bed, but cost enough for a weekend in Vegas. The ‘Citrine’ isn’t quite as nice, but costs less.
I have four: Caran d’Ache 849 ballpoint, Pelikan M200 fountain pen, and Lamy Safari fountain pen and ballpoint. Only the 849 is the ‘right’ yellow in my mind, but ‘wrong’ yellow is better than no yellow.
Yellow is a high energy color. So is orange, but orange looks like a traffic cone and yellow looks like the sun – which makes you feel better? It stimulates thought, and reminds me of a beach. But orange shares most of the other fine traits of yellow.
There’s no doubt about ownership. Who else owns a yellow pen? This is why I have yellow luggage. Do you want to steal a yellow bag and then try to blend in?
Yellow is a high-visibility color. Easy to find in a bag, in the dark, and on the ground. Ok, in early summer out on my lawn there’s a little competition.
Yellow is distinctive. “Oh, you mean the guy with the yellow pen?”
Yellow is one of the manliest of colors. Scuba tanks, hard hats, heavy equipment, caution signs, race cars, and many uber cool watches are yellow.
Is your pen collection dominated by safe colors – black, silver, gold? Get yourself a yellow pen, and see if it doesn’t improve your state of mind. You might be surprised.