Monday, May 30, 2016

Pen Addiction

I have been a pen addict since I was in the single-digits.  Yes, even when I was in preschool, I loved pens.  I would try to abscond with pens from my grandmother's house.  My grandfather used to swipe purple Sharpies from his brother-in-law's restaurant for me when I was about 6.  I made a detour to the pen aisle whenever I was in a drug store, grocery store, or discount store.  My aunt even lost me in the grocery store when I was about 5.  Eventually she found me looking at the pens. Whenever I had a little of my own money, I spent it on pens or paper or colored pencils.  Crayola was doing some cool things at that time with erasable crayons, and bright colored retractable pens were starting to come into style.

My second job was at a CVS drug store down the street from my grandparents house.  I got to buy every kind of pen I'd visited as a child.  :)  Later on, I worked at a Staples.  My now-ex-husband was spreading the rumor that I had a secret Staples store behind the book case in our study at our first apartment together.  By then I had moved on to collecting every type of paper and writing utensils, especially post-it notes.

My first post-college job was working as a secretary in a hospital.  It was just a temp job that lasted about 4 months, but it was the perfect excuse to buy all the stuff I'd stocked the shelves with but had no need for at home. I had a real need for post-it notes and those rubber finger thingies to separate sheets of paper.

My subsequent jobs had no real need for specific supplies, but I brought in all sorts of stuff anyway.  For the past 11+ years I have worked in a call center.  People look at me funny when they see some of the stuff on my desk, like my tower of Crayola Pipsqueaks, or my huge pack of Prismacolor pencils.  My giant ARC-bound notebooks have generated some comments.  My post-it notes all over the place have also been the subject of discussion a time or two.

Until I got back into journaling, it was really just at work that I wrote, so that was where all my cool stuff ended up. Now I am storing pens all over the place at home.  I have a desk downstairs, but it seems like every time I round up my journaling supplies and bring them down to my desk, I find myself toting them all back to my bedroom, which is where I most often sit and write.

I feel like my pen stash has finally reached the point of stasis.  I have pretty much all the pens that people are loving right now.  I've tried just about everything the office supply stores have to offer.  I couldn't hazard a guess at how many pens are in my house right now.  Easy in the neighborhood of a thousand, probably more.  Everything from the BIC back-to-school 10 packs of ballpoints, to the Lamy Safari and TWSBI Eco.  This is a little rundown of my most recent choices:


  • Zebra Z-grip Flight (These had been my only pen I really used and loved for the past 3 years, until I got back into journaling.) 
  • Pilot Juice 0.38
Gel Rollerball:
  • Pilot G-2 07
  • Sakura Gelly Roll
  • Pentel Energel
  • Staedtler Triplus Rollerball
  • Pilot Hi-Tec-C 
    • Coleto 5-in-1
    • Maica
  • Pilot Frixion Clickster
  • Pilot Precise V5 & V7 RT
  • Pentel Slicci Metallic
Fiber Tip:
  • Papermate Flair
  • Staedtler Triplus Fineliner
  • Sharpies
    • Fine
    • Ultrafine
    • Brush
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Artist's Loft Watercolor Dual Tip Markers
  • Pentel Sign Pens
  • Uni Mitsubishi Pure Color -F Doublesided Sign Pens
  • Frixion Markers
  • Crayola 
    • Broadline Markers
    • Fineline Markers
    • Pipsqueaks
    • Pipsqueaks Skinnies
Fountain Pens:
  • Lamy Safari
  • TWSBI Eco
  • Pilot Metropolitan
  • Platinum Preppy
  • Noodler's Ahab
Fountain Pen Inks:
  • Diamine
  • Noodlers
  • Pilot Nakimi

What are your favorite pens?  Is there such a thing as too many pens?

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