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.