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Favorite EDC pen or fountain pen?

My daily ink includes a fine point black Sharpie, a V5 ball pen and my old Shaffer student model fountain pen with a medium nib.

Just bought an entry level Lamy fountain pen today, to test. My 14 yo freshman daughter also uses a Shaffer.

I am looking at fine point nib pens, what are your favorites? Does anyone still use them? 40 bux or less as they might get lost.

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

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On my Arc wallet I always carry a Lamy Pico, gifted by my girlfriend some years ago Love
That’s what I use the most when I’m outside home/work. It is compact, writes well and, well, it was a gift that I really appreciated and needed Blushing

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I carry an old Fisher space pen I’ve had for 20 years or longer. Doesn’t actually write very nicely but it would write on work orders no matter what. When I could be in a clean environment I used a Pilot gel pen. I think this is a great thread

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Sharpie’s are a must – absolutely essential part of any decent EDC kit, IMHO.

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I like the Pilot G2 Bold Point, but they come in Fine Point as well.  :BEER:

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My real EDC pen is an Inka Pen (the original stainless steel version). I also carry a Kaweco Liliput or a Delike Hunyuan sometimes.

I also carry a Koh-I-Noor Versatil 5608 pencil most of the time.

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 I think pen threads are absolutely BLF addiction appropriate.

 

A few years ago I was Stumbling thru Krogers clearance section   like Dchomak on crack. When my eyes came upon a BIG pile of these  Pentel pens .

 Pentel is obviously trying to close a 2 normal color pen deal by tossing in a 3rd colored one for free .

 The 3 pack generally sells for about $5

     I grabbed a bunch of these 3 packs for $0.50  ..or  just under 17 cents a piece  //108 pens for $18.00

       καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

                            

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 I'm too penurious to be able to afford a pen.

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Retro 51 pens

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Pilot Birdy. Not a fan of normal sized pens as EDC. Although I also have a Zebra F701.

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Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel – Turquoise


Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Marker – Turquoise

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I keep a Pokka in my bag as a compact last-resort pen, but “carry” whatever clickies the bank’s giving out.

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Replaced my broken Zebra F-301 with a F-402. Really pleased with it, nicest Zebra I’ve had, much more refined than the all steel cult classic F-701.

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RichH wrote:
Replaced my broken Zebra F-301 with a F-402. Really pleased with it, nicest Zebra I’ve had, much more refined than the all steel cult classic F-701.

!https://i.postimg.cc/3wW9wg8j/D1-D3-D45-B-F0-D5-4-DC0-A016-213354-EFA683...!


Came here to post F-701 Big Smile
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Haven’t carried a fountain pen in 40 years. Don’t EDC a pen currently but considering changing that. Probably will be my Fisher Space Pen. Have a recent one and one that was my grandfathers in the 1970s. Any pen that still writes fine after a half century qualifies for EDC in my book! (Don’t actually carry the antique but the modern one does not appear to have lost any quality.) Like the fact that it always works regardless of temp, moisture, position. Much nicer than a fountain pen. Granted the fountain pen can make nicer appearing script. However, I can barely write any more after so many years at the keyboard so I am just happy if anything I write is legible.

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I love fountain pens.
The problem with them is now days you often have a forms that require pressure from the pen tip to make the duplicate on the second copy.
No can do with a fountain pen.
I have a Montblanc clone ballpoint that I put a fisher refill that I carried for years. Still have it. Take it when I think I need something nicer than a throw away.

Also, I actually write so infrequently that a fountain pen might sit in my pocket for a week(s?) unused.
So it’s whatever disposable pen I have at the moment is what I carry.

I have a cigar box full of pens collected across the years. From the schoolboy Shaffer on the bottom to Montblanc at the top.
I find vintage pens often write more smoothly than new ones.

I really like pens with a flexible tip that can be used to create a letter type that mimics the character style of old.
Light pressure = thin line. Heavy pressure = thick line.
I also like italic nibs. Easier to control but require holding the pen at an unnatural angle (for me) to get a nice letter style.

Most name brand pens have inflexible nibs and can’t do this. Some of the Japanese pens can to a greater or lessor degree.
The Noodler’s brand specializes in this type of tip. The tips are interchangeable (and cheap) and are meant to be modified to your likes. The pens are inexpensive too.

And if you think flashlight collecting is a deep rabbit hole – Ain’t nutt’en compared to fountain pens…
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My preference is a combo pkg.

1) Staedtler Maximum 1.6mm tip

2) Pilot HI-tecpoint V5 0.7 mm tip

3) Papermate Inkjoy 0.7 mm tip

4) Parker 0.8 mm tip

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bassoverflow wrote:
[Came here to post F-701 Big Smile

Grab a 402 and try it. They’re not expensive and nice to write with. The 701 feels cumbersome by comparison.

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Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen. Smoothness of a fountain pen, and clicks to retract.

Current Collection:

Inova X5 | Maratac Titanium Inspection AAAx2 XPL-G2 swapped to Nichia 219B sw45K | Wowtac A2S NW | Thrunite Ti3 NW | FW3 CuTi XPL-HI 5000K + 18350 tube | Olight I1R EOS (de-anodized) | Convoy S2+ 7135x8 T6-3B | SkyLumen LEPvn | HDS Rotary Nichia 219B 4000K | Nitecore Cu TINI | Fraz Labs Tiny Tank 18350 | TnC Aluminum Deep Red

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scalpel_ninja wrote:
Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen. Smoothness of a fountain pen, and clicks to retract. !https://i.imgur.com/yqNDsV3.jpg!

Do you ever end up with a pocket full of ink?

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

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I started the thread… may as well post my EDC’s

!2021-08-26_01-45-26!

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

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mattlward wrote:
Do you ever end up with a pocket full of ink?

I’ve never had that happen. The pen does clip with the nib pointing up; I suppose that helps.

Current Collection:

Inova X5 | Maratac Titanium Inspection AAAx2 XPL-G2 swapped to Nichia 219B sw45K | Wowtac A2S NW | Thrunite Ti3 NW | FW3 CuTi XPL-HI 5000K + 18350 tube | Olight I1R EOS (de-anodized) | Convoy S2+ 7135x8 T6-3B | SkyLumen LEPvn | HDS Rotary Nichia 219B 4000K | Nitecore Cu TINI | Fraz Labs Tiny Tank 18350 | TnC Aluminum Deep Red

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I have been carrying this one for a few years now The move pen

Chris

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Thumbs Up Lamy Safari

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Thumbs Up Lamy Safari

So yesterday I did order a Safari with an fine nib. I will be looking for a good general purpose blue and black inks for refilling. They will have to we strongly water resistant. I have always picked up Shaffer cartridges, but have never been overly happy with the ink. It tends to feather under the slightest bit to much pressure. I may try the Lamy inks and I have a couple of others I may try as well.

My daughter has about 6 good condition dip pens she was given from the teens and 20’s, old school pens. She would also like to try them out, but I think I will need a real India ink for them, since the particulate content and viscosity is different.

I am not going to make replacing a 50 year old favorite a rabbit hole, but if the Lamy is as good as reviews state… I could see several in my future at the price with different colors of ink.

One question I do have… are the AL any heavier than the plastics? I always carried a brass body drafting mechanical pencil, German made, and loved the weight and I would like to find a heftier pen in brass, bronze or copper that still maintains a thin body. I really do not like the fat fountain pens, do not hold well for me.

Forgot to mention… my other old favorite is an old Parker bladder fill. Another thin, comfortable pen.

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

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I have the plastic Safari and it is very light but writes well. I also have the Lamy in aluminum, but it’s a rollerball; the body is almost identical. The heft is slightly more, but if you’re used to brass pens, I would say the difference is negligible. I’ve carried brass and stainless steel pens and can understand the attraction of the heft.

The Pilot Vanish Point I have actually has more heft than the Lamy aluminum and feels thinner (didn’t do a side by side yet).

Current Collection:

Inova X5 | Maratac Titanium Inspection AAAx2 XPL-G2 swapped to Nichia 219B sw45K | Wowtac A2S NW | Thrunite Ti3 NW | FW3 CuTi XPL-HI 5000K + 18350 tube | Olight I1R EOS (de-anodized) | Convoy S2+ 7135x8 T6-3B | SkyLumen LEPvn | HDS Rotary Nichia 219B 4000K | Nitecore Cu TINI | Fraz Labs Tiny Tank 18350 | TnC Aluminum Deep Red

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RichH and bassoverflow
already posted Zebras
which is our choice, too.

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christoph wrote:
I have been carrying this one for a few years now The move pen !https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/5397d565e4b0afdc551846bb/1...

I've been looking at 3.5" to 4.5" (~.40 grip dia.) "pocketable" EDC pens from several manufacturers, including the Move.

Do you use the aluminum or the titanium version?

Did you trial any other pens in this size range before deciding (i.e., Big Idea Design, Ti2, Tactile Turn, etc.)?

When deciding on such a short pen, was choosing a smooth barrel grip over a textured style, important factor to you?

 

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I’m a fan of the Parker Jotter with a Fisher Space Pen refill cartridge.

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I’ve had a few favorite EDC pens, first was a Boker Carbon bolt pen.

Then I found Fellhoelter pens. This one is a G2 Standard Tibolt that matches my TiBolt light.

Current one is a G2 Dots from Fellhoelter with Fap Cap(spinning cap on the end)

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a decent body that takes Parker G2 refills in the $5-8 range?

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