Pens – most people think as long as it writes, then thats all that matters. But as personal preference, there are thousands to choose from!! Writing systems all work in different ways and differ on the writing conditions and paper used.
You could have a ball pen which is made with an oil based ink and can resist extreme temperatures and writes on most surfaces. The main characteristic of a ball pen is that they can write between 15,000 and 30,000 metres before running out!
Or how about a rollerball pen? Traditionally rollerballs work by feeding the ink to the ball from an ink soaked fibre reservoir, but you can also get liquid ink rollerballs (Free ink). The liquid ink rollerball pens use a water-based ink. Free ink rollers use an ink delivery system which ensures a constant flow to the nib. These pens also allow you to see the remaining ink level in the barrel.
The main nib types for rollerballs are the ‘Cone Tip‘ – this tip is ideal for high volumes of writing and offers great protection to the ball and the ‘Needlepoint Tip‘ – this reduces friction between the ball and produces very free flowing writing. This tip is usually favoured for detailed writing work.
Gel ink is another type, they are avaliable in lots of bright colours and they offer smooth writing, as the gel not only lubricates the ball, but also places a greater amount of ink on the paper.
Fineliner pens are perfect for stenciling and work where precision is everything as the ink is laid down in a small line width! Fineliners usually have a fibre or a plastic tip, but there are some rollerball fineliners available – just to confuse matters!
Fibre tipped pens have tip made from fine nylon and other synthetic fibres ground to a point. The ink is fed to the tip from a soft fibrous reservoir being drawn by capillary forces. The fibre tipped pens tend provide smooth writing and a consistent line.
Fountain pens are one of my favourite types. They tend to have the smoothest writing out of all the different types of pens. They can be used with replaceable ink cartridges or bottled ink.
They have the ability to last forever. (Unless your like me and constantly lose them!)
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If you’d like to recommend a pen you have which you are really happy with, then post a comment here and tell the world about it!