ballpoint pen love

I think the ballpoint pen is underrated. Sure, they are mass produced and generally kind of crappy, but I think each of us at some point has experienced a special relationship with a ballpoint pen (I’m looking at you, Bic retractable ballpoint pen with the U-Haul logo).

Thanks to my people, it is once again possible, and dare I say, unavoidable, to love the ballpoint pen. And thanks to those lovely people at JetPens, we can enjoy these ballpoint pens right here in the land of the California Roll.

Some of you know of my fondness for the Uni-ball Jetstream pens. They come in various point sizes (.7mm is my fave, though I have to admit being somewhat obsessed with the .5mm Uni-ball Jetstream Color Ink Series). Every time I use a Jetstream, I am overcome with a feeling of serenity and a desire for the ink to never stop flowing. Okay, so I am exaggerating. A bit.

As much as I love the Uni-ball Jetstream, I do not use it exclusively. Call me a ballpoint ho if you will, but I like different flavors for different moods, and I discovered a couple other ballpoint pens that write as smooth as buttah. Hello, Pentel Vicuna (.7mm) and Zebra Surari (.7mm). This is the first ballpoint from Zebra that I actually like. I know there are many Zebra fans out there, but I have found them to be a bit skippy and draggy, plus they tend to get that teeny glob of ink buildup on the tip. I hate that! The Surari, though, glides very nicely.

Anyway, check out JetPens. If you can’t find a ballpoint pen to your liking, then, well, there’s something wrong with you.

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9 Responses to ballpoint pen love

  1. freecia says:

    I’m also fond of the Jetstream! Give the Pilot Permaball hybrid gel pens a try though http://www.jetpens.com/index.php/cPath/446_582 I love the Fine point ones and despite being a total pen junkie across many price points, there’s usually one of these in my pen jar snuggled with my 0.3pt coletos, 0.5/0.3 pt Kuru Toga pencils, and fountain pens.

  2. molly says:

    I am with you! I knew I was going to like my new job when I realized that our freebie giveaway pens are the Jetstream 0.7s!!

  3. M.C. says:

    I loooove Jetpens. They’re my regular source for Uni-ball Signo 0.38 mm pens in brown black, the ONLY pen I can use regularly now since falling in love with them on the other side of the Pacific. I know ballpoint pen technology has come a long way, but I’m so loathe to leave my favorites and explore…

  4. sigh lovely post. it’s been awhile since you’ve shown any pen love. (T_T) jetpens ROCK!

  5. Seanna Lea says:

    I need new pens (and mechanical pencils too), so I will have to check this out again on pay day!

  6. amy k. says:

    ballpoint ho!!
    and this post is awesome. can you hear my mouse clicking now? and my bank account getting smaller?

  7. robiewankenobie says:

    bic z4+ 0.7 all the way.

  8. Alison says:

    The only thing I love more than the Jetstream is the Jetstream Sport! I love that the pen body is thinner and the pen is lighter. And the pretty colors are nice. I will have to check out the Vicuna! Thank you, pen sister!!

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