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Topic # 236033 14-May-2018 16:11
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I like to have a few black/blue pens in my EDC rucksack.

 

...I also lose pens. A lot.

 

 

 

Anyone got a recommendation for half-way decent rollerball/gel/ballpoint pens with a smooth action, which aren't too skinny and insubstantial but that won't make me cry when I inevitably lose them?





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  Reply # 2015920 14-May-2018 16:27
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https://www.staedtler.co.nz/en/products/ink-writing-instruments/ballpoint-pens/stick-430-ballpoint-pen/

 

I have used these since school in the 80s, never fail and I can normally get them to actually run out of ink as they stay good until the end. normally less than a dollar in places like whitcoulls etc.

 

personal EDC pen, which doesnt fit your 'I always lose them' price range but it's my fave pen (I have a few)

 

https://www.amazon.com/Smith-Wesson-SWPENBK-Aircraft-Refillable/dp/B0026W4ZW4/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

 





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  Reply # 2015938 14-May-2018 16:56
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I just look for pens that accept Parker style refills, both off the shelf and freebie merchandise. Then use something like Space Pen pressurised refills etc (they're Parker style refills, hence sticking with the afore mentioned pens).  

 

I do have a couple of 'tactical' pens similar to that mentioned above by fizzychicken, both with Space Pen refills. Each pen weighs as much as three or more of my usual EDC pens though, so not my usual go-to.





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  Reply # 2015948 14-May-2018 17:49
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Maybe buying cheap pens just reinforces loosing pens...

Buy an expensive pens which smarts when you loose it will encourage you subconsciously to keep track of them. ;-)

I'm going through a fountain pen stage bought through penclassics.nz

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  Reply # 2015951 14-May-2018 17:58
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http://www.whitcoulls.co.nz/stationery/?SearchTerm=pens&filter=true

 

Or you could pop in there and have at look what suits you?


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  Reply # 2015983 14-May-2018 18:54
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I have a few promo pens of the same type. I am quite possessive of them, one I've had for maybe 15 years now. It's the only pen I've ever had long enough to run out of ink.

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I also have a couple of these and they're a close second

There are many pens that look pretty close. Most are rubbish.




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  Reply # 2015991 14-May-2018 19:24
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My wife is a pen fanatic, she has tons of pens. She said the bic 4 color are her go to "cheap" pen. She then said everyone should own and use a fountain pen... I personally say you can't go wrong with the bic pens.

 

I personally love the Pilot G2 pens, but they can be difficult to find here.


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  Reply # 2016026 14-May-2018 20:08
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What's a pen?

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  Reply # 2016112 15-May-2018 07:47
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I quite like these:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B0H5HY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Liquid ink rolling ball tech which is about as close to a fountain pen as you can get.

 

Same tech as the exquisite Rotring Visupoint which has been out of production for about 10 years.

 

I buy the Pilot pens from Amazon because they are not widely available here and if you find them, they are the usual NZ ridiculous place.

 

 


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  Reply # 2016116 15-May-2018 08:20
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Personally I never buy pens as I usually end up with 50 or so after attending IT shows/events and therefore have a massive collection. I give handfulls of them to friends/colleagues.


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  Reply # 2016117 15-May-2018 08:24
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1eStar: What's a pen?

 

My main pen is the size of a keyboard, has keys the size of a keyboard, etc, etc.

 

I used to be neat using a pen, but when the use period is once every 10 months, its not very neat anymore


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  Reply # 2016123 15-May-2018 08:57
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As a teacher I have the theory that pens are like cats.  No one really owns a pen they come and go from your life.

 

Unless I am marking then gel pens are the only ones I use.  They fly across paper, they don't smear but cost a small fortune (well $5-10 a pen but when you are marking up to 1000 booklets and you can go through half a dozen pens in a couple of weeks it feels like it) 




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  Reply # 2016129 15-May-2018 09:07
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fizzychicken:

 

https://www.staedtler.co.nz/en/products/ink-writing-instruments/ballpoint-pens/stick-430-ballpoint-pen/

 

I have used these since school in the 80s, never fail and I can normally get them to actually run out of ink as they stay good until the end. normally less than a dollar in places like whitcoulls etc.

 

personal EDC pen, which doesnt fit your 'I always lose them' price range but it's my fave pen (I have a few)

 

https://www.amazon.com/Smith-Wesson-SWPENBK-Aircraft-Refillable/dp/B0026W4ZW4/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the look of the Smith & Wesson! I find those Staedtler ones write well enough but they are too skinny for my fat hands...





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  Reply # 2016132 15-May-2018 09:11
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Some interesting ones here - http://everydaycarry.com/best-everyday-carry-edc-pens-2017

 

Might order a few of the cheaper ones from Amazon and see how I go





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  Reply # 2016162 15-May-2018 10:00
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Put 1 inch of yellow tape/paint/heatshrink around the pen.

 

Then you'll never loose another pen : its easy to spot on a desk , and its less likely to be picked up by someone else when you put it down.
If someone borrows your pen & walks away, its easy to spot that they still have it .

 

Warehouse Stationary have a really good range
I dont like the skinny pens either. The pens with the rubber grip are really nice in the hand


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