Favorite Writing Utensils?



  • I'm in the middle of a complete overhaul of my tasks system, and decided to drop back purely to pencil and paper. Since I currently write so much, I decided to spring a bit on a quality pen and quality pencil. Spring here being a relative term meaning "I hated the bulk pens and pencils and wanted to get some unique ones that were of decent quality." Not to be mistaken with price lol.

    Pen: Zebra F-701 Stainless Steel, Fine point pen. Amazon Staples OfficeMax
    Pencil: Pentel GraphGear 1000 0.5mm, Stainless steel with Black Grips. Amazon Staples OfficeMax

    I do have to say I love the way both of these write. The pen I don't use all that often, but when I do, I am glad I found it.

    The pencil I use the most. I went as far as researching and testing lead sizes and pencil types, and settled on this one. It has an eraser under the cap, but I also keep the black polymer eraser that came with it in my pocket, and this may be going into way too much detail for a lot of people, but man can that thing erase. Barely even need to put pressure on the paper and your marks almost completely disappear.

    What about you guys. Do you have a favorite writing utensil? Have you tried others?



  • I'm using the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic 4000 and Outlook tasks for notes and task tracking / notes.

    Ha, but anyways, I don't write with a pen or pencil that often. I use the whiteboard a lot more.

    When I do write, it's in meetings... and in those cases I prefer a fine point gel ink pen. They feel smoother and show up darker. Maybe that's because I never use a quality pen.

    I use pencils sometimes, no preference there.



  • @obsolesce I didn't used to write much at all, but my influx of stuff coming at me to do and watch got massive, and I didn't ever find a suitable digital solution before then, so I was scattered between several programs and services, which just made it worse. So, I dropped back and am currently doing only paper, until I get a solid foundation and method for keeping track of all of this. Then I figure I can find a single system to meet those needs.

    Started numbering my pages of notes and tasks and such. I'm up at 116 for this month. That should give you a decent idea on the speed of things for me nowadays lol.



  • I love the Pilot G2 series.

    Works perfectly with my Moleskine notebook as well. In fact, it was from reviews of the Moleskine that I found the G2.



  • I came here looking for a discussion on RPGs.
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  • @fiyafly said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    @obsolesce I didn't used to write much at all, but my influx of stuff coming at me to do and watch got massive, and I didn't ever find a suitable digital solution before then, so I was scattered between several programs and services, which just made it worse. So, I dropped back and am currently doing only paper, until I get a solid foundation and method for keeping track of all of this. Then I figure I can find a single system to meet those needs.

    Started numbering my pages of notes and tasks and such. I'm up at 116 for this month. That should give you a decent idea on the speed of things for me nowadays lol.

    If you're going to write, use a Memogenda. I used to use those for everything until I got hooked on using Outlook Tasks.



  • I prefer 3.5 edition rules myself. The one with feats and skills/level.



  • I have a ton of these. They have them at Dollar Tree in 3 packs for $1. I get them when I can.

    https://www.amazon.ca/Promarx-Ultra-Fine-Signature-Black/dp/B0141N1F1Y

    I'd much rather write with a felt tip.



  • @kelly said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    I came here looking for a discussion on RPGs.
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    You and me both



  • @coliver said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    @kelly said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    I came here looking for a discussion on RPGs.
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    You and me both

    Okay, okay. @coliver @Kelly I changed the name of the topic to be a bit more precise about the topic lol



  • @fiyafly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @coliver said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    @kelly said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    I came here looking for a discussion on RPGs.
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    You and me both

    Okay, okay. @coliver @Kelly I changed the name of the topic to be a bit more precise about the topic lol

    👍 😇



  • @kelly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @fiyafly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @coliver said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    @kelly said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    I came here looking for a discussion on RPGs.
    alt text

    You and me both

    Okay, okay. @coliver @Kelly I changed the name of the topic to be a bit more precise about the topic lol

    👍 😇

    That brings up the question... Do we need a thread for reviewing role playing games?



  • Lately my 'go to' pen is the Sharpie Pen,.. But I also like my Fisher Space Pen and the Foray Advance Ink Ballpoint .7mm Needle tip.

    For pencils,.. wow.. lately its been whatever is closest, .. but the no. 2 Ticonderoga pencil seems to write a nice deep line. Granted it has to be sharpened..

    Mechanicals - I have a load of .5mm lead from when I did office clean outs 20 years ago - but the .7mm is a better line

    I have a few composition books I have had cut down so it will match my tablet as well as some Rite in the Rain books

    Office work - legal pad,.. and it's nearly an inch thick as I need to review / mark off things that are done -



  • @coliver Can't go wrong there!



  • @gjacobse said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    Lately my 'go to' pen is the Sharpie Pen,.. But I also like my Fisher Space Pen and the Foray Advance Ink Ballpoint .7mm Needle tip.

    For pencils,.. wow.. lately its been whatever is closest, .. but the no. 2 Ticonderoga pencil seems to write a nice deep line. Granted it has to be sharpened..

    Mechanicals - I have a load of .5mm lead from when I did office clean outs 20 years ago - but the .7mm is a better line

    I have a few composition books I have had cut down so it will match my tablet as well as some Rite in the Rain books

    Office work - legal pad,.. and it's nearly an inch thick as I need to review / mark off things that are done -

    See, I had an issue with the .7 because it was big enough to go dull and start writing lighter. I tried the .3, .5, .7, and .9 and found the .5 to be a good center.

    I've moved over to a binder for paper. I was going to go Bullet Journal style, but I go through about 150 sheets of paper a month. A notebook doesn't get me through a month, and Bullet Journal is lined up to last about six. lol.



  • @fiyafly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    See, I had an issue with the .7 because it was big enough to go dull and start writing lighter. I tried the .3, .5, .7, and .9 and found the .5 to be a good center.

    A draftsman's trick I learned from an old draftsman. Slowly twist the pencil in your hand as you write. It prevents it from getting a "dull" side and keeps you from having to sharpen it as much. Not sure how well it works with mechanical pencils though.



  • @coliver said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @fiyafly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    See, I had an issue with the .7 because it was big enough to go dull and start writing lighter. I tried the .3, .5, .7, and .9 and found the .5 to be a good center.

    A draftsman's trick I learned from an old draftsman. Slowly twist the pencil in your hand as you write. It prevents it from getting a "dull" side and keeps you from having to sharpen it as much. Not sure how well it works with mechanical pencils though.

    It works very well, and I still need to do this with my .5, but with the .7 it was big enough that eventually you'd just end up with a rounded tip before you fully got through that section of lead



  • @coliver said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @kelly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @fiyafly said in Favorite Writing Utensils?:

    @coliver said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    @kelly said in Favorite Pen/Pencil?:

    I came here looking for a discussion on RPGs.
    alt text

    You and me both

    Okay, okay. @coliver @Kelly I changed the name of the topic to be a bit more precise about the topic lol

    👍 😇

    That brings up the question... Do we need a thread for reviewing role playing games?

    yes.