Years ago, a much dafter version of me did all my writing in pencil. It was tough to see, faded, smudged, and often left me frustrated, as it's not uncommon for me to break lead. Then I fiddled with ballpoint pens for years, pretty much because I happened to have a bunch.
In 2009, I finally smartened up and decided to get a decent pen. It didn't need to be expensive or top of the line, it just needed to be good quality, a decent price that I considered worth the expense, and refillable.
Writing: 2 Hi-Tec-C Cavalier pens, black ink, blue body. Blue is my favorite color, but when it comes to ink, for me it's black all the way. One pen is in my right hip pocket, always at the ready. The other pen is backup, always in my messenger bag, always near. From:
- 4mm Hi-Tec-C Cavalier Pen (Jet Pens wasn't listing the blue body as of this writing)
- 4mm Hi-Tec-C Cavlier Black Ink Refills
Editing: 1 Hi-Tec-C Cavalier pens, red ink and red body. Originally shipped with black ink, I had to replace this pen as soon as I got it. As it turns out, my wife loved the pen too, and suddenly it was no longer mine.
No worries; I ordered a new one, replaced the black ink with red, and dubbed it my editing pen. It lives in my messenger bag and gets a lot of use. The color of the ink stands out without being glaring, and the flow of the ink and grip of the pen makes editing and notations easy and fast to mark up. From:
- 4mm Hi-Tec-C Cavalier Pen (same as above; red body wasn't listed on Jet Pens as of this writing)
- 4mm Hi-Tec-C Cavlier Red Ink Refills
Why I Love These Pens
- Reasonable price: The 3 pens were $15 apiece from www.jetpens.com. Ink cartridges are $3, and a black ink cartridge lasts me about 4 weeks (the red lasts much longer; I edit heavily, but it's still not nearly as much sheer writing as the black pens get used for).
- Comfortable grip: These pens feel great in my hand. They have a heft to them that I find pleasant.
- Nice line: The Hi-Tec-C is available in a range of tip sizes; I prefer a .4mm, finding that its line combined with my handwriting is fine but solid, easy to read and pleasant view. Since these characteristics are the exact opposite of my thready, hectic, illegible scrawl, the pen's stroke balances out my crappy handwriting.
- Durability: Going back to the heft, I'll have these pens until they disappear. In which case I may mount a search party.
Resources & Influencers
The Hi-Tec-C pens are perfect for me, and they may be a good fit for you as well. Here are some of the links I used to inform my decision:
- To Put a Fine Point on It: Which pens are best? – By YiLing Chen-Josephson – Slate Magazine
- What are Hi-Tec-C pens? Jet Pens
- Jet Pens – Moleskinerie
With my Hi-Tec-C pens, it's easier to write more legibly and for longer periods of time. The pens are durable and stylish. They were the right addition to my my writing tools, and really, they're just bloody nice pens.
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