No More Pens.

That’s it. I give up. I have tried every pen ever made and I can’t write with any of them. I’ve been fighting this battle for years. I finally got sick of not being able to read any of my notes about two weeks ago and went hunting, once again for a solution. I found it in the form of a device that I once used almost exclusively in grade school. The PENCIL! More precisely the mechanical pencil. Amazing! This device, with the ability to have it’s marks erased instead of scratched out has saved me much frustration over the past weeks. If I focus and write slowly I can actually read my notes. It’s amazing. I do still catch myself writing to quickly and smearing words but when I do this I simply erase it and write it again slower.


  1. V says:

    Pencils = Primitive

  2. Worth says:

    I came to the same realization a few years ago. Check out the Papermate PhD Multi. It has a .5 pencil, a black pen, and a red pen; all in one device. So when you are required to use a pen like when you’re signing something, you’ve got the pen just a twist-click away. I use the pencil for probably 99.9% of all my writing.

  3. nick says:

    I bought a Zebra F-402 and it’s pretty nice.

  4. jr says:

    wow, I know I’m late, but I definitely agree about the pencil vs. pen argument, but mostly because the vast majority of pens at work are crap. They blot, they skip and they generally bleed through paper so they’re next to worthless.

    For what it’s worth, when I do need a pen, I tend to go for a superfine (as in .005 pt), Japanese felt tip jobber. You can get them for about $2 at craft shops like Michael’s. They’re smooth, very reliable and make you cry like a baby when you accidentally drop them uncapped.

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