I’m not sure it’s the best pen I’ve ever used, but I tried all out of the pens in the campus bookstore one day and this is what I came up with. The campus bookstore is one of the last vestiges of the oﬃce supply stores where the pens are in cups and they have writing pads right there, encouraging you to try the wares out. I now forget which pen I was replacing at the time, but the criteria are always:
I like the idea of gel ink yet I don’t think this pen has it. I’m happy with it nonetheless, since the feel is right and the writing is smooth.
I wish the Extra Fine model wasn’t white. I much prefer the silver of the Fine model, and the black color of the Bold one is even more pleasing to my eye. But, apparently, Pilot perceives the need to diﬀerentiate the points by style and color, and I will simply have to despise them for it.
The Fine point model is almost as good for my writing as the Extra Fine; I can work with it. The Bold tip is simply too fat and just splashes ink all over the page. During a sale at OﬃceMax, I picked up a pack each of Fine and Bold, so I know of what I speak. The Bold ones sit unused, perhaps lost — they felt like markers.
* This appearance problem is even more true for highlighters. I’ve tried all of those out, too. Companies must have decided to make them as garish as possible. And why can’t we buy orange highlighters without getting a pack of every other color?