Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How Many Pens Does One Person Need?

I think the answer to that question is “infinite.”  My family has asked me that question a million times in my life.  I’m not sure what the real answer is, but I’m sure I haven’t hit it yet.  I have so many pens.  Ball point, roller ball, fountain, felt tip, needle point, bullet tip, gel, permanent, erasable… there are so many varieties.  I have an addiction.  My daughter tried to restrain me from picking up a pack of Sharpies in OfficeMax this weekend.  I’ll get on a kick where I go crazy buying a particular type or color.  I went thru a phase of permanent fine tips.  Or gel rollerballs.  Or ultra fine points.  Or rainbow colored packs.  I’ve learned that I’m better off buying pens a la carte so that I’m not stuck with colors I won’t use.  Like the pale colors of my Pilot Juice 0.38 pens, which are fairly useless.  I have the Staedtler Fineliners, the rollerballs and the ball points.  Now that I’m into fountain pens, I’m collecting every color of Metropolitan Retro Pop pens and a vast assortment of fountain pen inks.  I have a half dozen Platinum Preppy pens in different nibs and ink colors.

But how many pens can you use?  I think I have to put in a concerted effort during my days and evenings to write so that I can get some use out of as many as possible.  Sometimes I like super fine point ballpoint or rollerball so I can write small and tidy.  Other times I like the fluidity of my Noodler’s Ahab Flex nib which gives my writing more character.  Sometimes I like to write in a lot of different colors on a page and other times I like to fill the paper with the same color ink.
I wish I was a person who had one favorite pen and used that exclusively.  But I have too many favorites.  For a few years I only used Zebra Z-Flight Grip ball point pens in Medium Blue.  Now I’m trying to cull down my writing utensils to one small case … It has 3 multi-point (14 inks total), my Noodler’s Ahab, PITT artists pen S, Hi-Tec-C Maica, a Blackwing 602, 2 Hi-Tec-C slim knocks, a Hi-Tec-C 0.25, 2 mechanical pencils, and a mechanical eraser stick.  A Highlighter, triangle, ruler, stencil, fancy paperclips, and some washi tape round out the kit.  I’m gonna try to stick to this assortment for a while to see if I can actually use up and wear them out.  I do use my other pens when I’m at home updating my planner though.
What pens are your favorites?

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