Saturday, June 30, 2012

Nancy needs your recommendations!

I received an e-mail the other day asking for some suggestions, and I wanted to get some recommendations from those who stop by. Please help Nancy with some options that will work well for her preferences. Thank you!


"I'm going to be starting law school in August, and since I'm one of the rare people who focuses better while taking notes with pen and paper, I would love some good pen recommendations. I prefer ballpoint (but am not opposed to a good quick-dry ink pen) and something not too thick (sorry, Schneider Slider XB) but really what I'm looking for is smoothness, consistency,and comfort. While I normally go for the regular old cheap ballpoints since they get the job done, I want something more durable that I'm not going to have to worry about crapping out on me (until the ink is gone). Hopefully I'm not being too picky..."




So, what does everyone recommend?

12 comments:

  1. I recommend you look into the Zebra F-701. It has a stainless steel construction, nice clicky action and the black ink is a fine point, very smooth. You can also convert it to take fisher refills if you are so inclined, but I find the zebra ink works great. The are around $7 or so at Staples.

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  2. I'm running Pentel Wow! Gel Pens ($5.00 for 8 at Staples) multi-color, big ink supply and smooth.

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  3. Uniballs got me through law school. They were the perfect combination of smoothness and color combinations. I was a briefing fool! Blue was my work. Red for corrections made later and green or purple for lecture notes. By the time final rolled around my briefing notebook practically wrote my outlines for me and I always knew what the professor was particularly keen on. Good luck!

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  4. I'd recommend Uniball Jetstreams ... I like the 0.7 but that is personal preference. The ink is amazing.
    I'd also recommend Pentel Energel. The gel ink is quick drying and I've never heard of smearing issues.
    Pilot Easy Touch Pro is also a great pen. It is very similar to the Jetstream ink.
    All of these options come in red, blue and black in case you like to color code your notes. These also all have nice grip sections which help me avoid writing fatigue and complications from my tendonitis. Pushing hard to get a nice dark and solid line are not necessary.

    I can recommend others if you'd like lol. I love pens and helping others find their ideal writing pen ^_^

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    1. I would love more recommendations! I love pens too, and I'm always on the hunt for good ones

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  5. Many thanks to everyone for the recommendations! I'll definitely check them out and I'll also check back if anyone wants to add anything...it would be greatly appreciated =)

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  6. Try the Zebra Surari series. I love the 1.0 size. Bold dark lines, easy movement across the paper, and no glops!

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    1. Oooh, thank you for the suggestion. I just looked at some writing samples online and it seems to be better (albeit only by a hair) than the Uniball Jetstream.

      The only downside is that it's not found as easily but I am totally eyeing the multicolor pen...

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  7. I'm also an attorney and I agree with the anonymous attorney above - having multiple colors is very helpful in law school. I "book briefed" a lot of the cases I read - meaning I used a color-coded system to highlight/underline specific parts of case. (Facts - yellow, holding - red, etc.)

    With this in mind a multi-pen might be a good bet for you. I personally perfer very fine gel-ink pens so a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto would be my choice. Since you say you prefer ballpoints, you should checkout the Uniball Jetstream 4+1, which has four ballpoint color pens AND a mechnical pencil.

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    1. Many thanks to you and the anon above! I bought 2 multipens to try on Jetpens (Uniball Jetstream and Zebra Surari) and they seem so useful already.

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  8. Nancy, it sounds to me like you need to try the Schneider Slider Medium or Fine point. The XB has gotten a lot of attention and I assume it is because many writers like a bold writing line, but the pen is also available in a fine or medium point. My husband is in finance and he insists on tidy, fine lines. He loves the 151001 fine point in black. Good luck in law school!

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  9. Parker T-Ball Jotter is a winner everytime! They have a huge amount of ink and go nearly forever!

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