Writing Instruments

The Wirecutter has an exhaustive 6,000-word researched review of the best pen, and it’s not the Pilot Precise V5, which I’ve been buying and using exclusively for at least a decade (though it gets an honorable mention). There are very few consumer goods that I am loyal to, but pens are one of those things.


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joyballz (#2,000)

Pilot G2 fine or very fine. Runner-up: Paperpate Gel 0.7.

Stina (#686)

@joyballz Ooh Pilot G2 for me as well. Although I use it because weirdly I press the tips really hard into the paper when I write and the G2 is the only kind that can handle the pressure without breaking. The standard ball point pen won’t even last the day with me.

faustbanana (#2,376)

Pilot Precise V5 Extra Fine in black, and no other.

I like the Le Pen, by Marvy Uchida. Skinny felt tip, lots of colors – dang, that’s a good pen.


LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

Pilot Precise V5 in black or green. Currently using the green. Pilot loyalist for life, here.

RachelW (#2,605)

Always the Pilot Precise V5! And Bic mechanical pencils. My brand loyalty when it comes to writing materials definitely outweighs any other sort of consumer goods.

At my desk, I have a black extra-fine Precise V5 and a blue fine Uniball Vision. Neither will ever measure to the memory of my beloved high school collection of Stabilo 88s in every color of the rainbow.

joyballz (#2,000)

I think I’m going to change my life and get a Pilot Precise V5 today. Thursday 1 Thing!

Allison (#4,509)

Pentel RSVP Fine! I’m anxiously waiting for my office to resupply.

Lily Rowan (#70)

Many of you people are correct, except the Precise V5 should be blue, not black.

KittyConner (#3,108)

After years of trial, error and now perfection, my writing roster is limited to:
Ballpoint – Zebra F-401 .7mm Black
Fiberpoint – Papermate Flair Medium Black/Red/Blue
Pencil – Pentel Twist-Erase.9mm (mmmmmm, thick mechanical pencil.)

NoName (#3,509)

@KittyConner Yay, another Zebra user. I was a Precise V5 user until I got sick of them exploding on me. Now, I use mostly cartridge/fountain pens:
Disposable cartridge pen – Platinum Preppy 03
Refillable fountain pen – Pilot Metropolitan Fine

megsy (#1,565)

I agree with the review, the Jetstream is an amazing pen. But it was really hard to find them in less than 0.7mm which is a requirement for me as I hate anything except fine. So when I ran out I switched to the Pentel RSVP line. This post has reminded me how much I love the Jetstream.

I also write with mechanical pencils (0.5mm lead) a lot. I hate 0.7mm lead pencils and if they appear anywhere in my vicinity I throw them out.

NoReally (#45)

Pilot Razor Point

faustbanana (#2,376)

OOH also the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner 334 in olive green or grey.

Anyone else own one of those 7 year pens? I don’t love the way it writes but, 7 years!

ellabella (#1,480)

Tul pens! Preferable 0.5. They are only available at Office Max, NOT Office Depot or Staples, but they are SO GREAT. The Pilot pens are too bleed-y for me. (Full disclosure: I’m left-handed, so I can’t use a smudgy pen.)

EmilyStarr (#4,035)

Uni-ball deluxe micro point or bust. I discovered it at work and am now that person who requests special pens when we do an office supplies order…

pearl (#153)

I am a fan of the Pilot Precise GRIP in black, extra fine. Feels a little heftier to me. I have, however, started ordering fancier pens out of curiosity, the Lamy Safari and Kaweco Sport Rollerball. They’re refillable at least!

joyballz (#2,000)

YOU GUYS. Flaw with the V5: it’s not a clicker! Who uses cap pens anymore??

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