I just ran across this site (gourmetpens.com). I wish I had time to poke around more today, but I love it! I'm looking for some good ballpoint pens and was looking for reviews.

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They have pens and cats

You need more ? :)
I sent an invitational email to the blog owner.

Hey, there's a link to Our Sara on their Blogroll !
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson) ***

and here I was thinking you'd make fun of me :)

I seriously think I could spend all day there. Just looking at their Pen Porn pictures sent me to Office Depot on my lunch break.

Pen recommendations?

For years I've loved this picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/funfilledgeorgie/6316391748/
And one of my friends scored a pocket Filofax for me with an $8 tag. Whoo hoo! (It's a Chino, so not a leather binder, but I like not having that responsibility.)
The guy who wrote this tiny handwriting (and even smaller: http://www.flickr.com/photos/funfilledgeorgie/330987004/)
said he uses a .4 pen.
I went to my local Staples and they sell a .38 in black only. However, I like the idea of:
1. Numbering in red
2. Alternating quotes/entries is black and
3. Blue
Can anyone recommend a good roller ball or porous point pen?
I'm thinking Jetpens.com to the rescue...


Want more office pr0n? http://www.flickr.com/photos/etaohc/256789643/in/pool-163739...
I love this photo, too!

Fine Pens

The .38 pen you saw was possibly the Uniball UMN138RT, acid free, gel ink, retractable rollerball. I have seen it in Black, Blue and Blue/Black and according to Jetpens http://www.jetpens.com/Uni-ball-Signo-RT-UM-138-Gel-Ink-Pen-... you can get an eight colour wallet. I have seen advertising for the red one but have never actually seen one.

I use them regularly largely when I want to write small and be legible like on staff records and am quite satisfied with the result. Word of warning, do not press too hard or will tear through your paper. I should point out that I am not employed by Uniball but I do retail their products including the 138RT

Another possibility is the Artline 220 pen. The nib is 0.2mm and porous point and also a variety of colours. What I do not like about them is that when pressed to the paper they tend to blot, albeit a small blot, at the start and end of the line. I also retail Artline but am not employed etc.

The Artline produces a visibly finer line but frankly, the difference on paper is not that great. I tend to think the Uniball offers more control but that may just be a personal thing. Though not tested, I also think the Uniball would work better on poorer quality paper, less bleeding etc.

I also personally use a Lamy Safari with an EF nib filled with Noodlers Widow Maker (red). Very similar to the Uniball in line and control but with all the pros and cons of a fountain pen.

To answer you, I recommend the Uniball.

Bob H.

Thanks, BobH.

I'll check out the Uniball you've mentioned. I like how you can buy the single colors (I'd NEVER use the green or orange) especially for trial purposes.
And thanks for the heads up on ripping paper. I naturally press too hard and I'm trying to retrain my pressure and pen grip, actually.
One of my dream jobs is working in an office supply store. The problem would be I'd spend too much of my paycheck=)

'tis a pleasure.

Bob H.