I’m not a pen collector. Not in the way that some of you are collectors. I don’t have dozens and dozens of pens filling drawers and pen cups and plastic bins all around me. Just a few select favorites that get me jazzed when I use them.
Pens come in all the time, but they rarely stay. I try them out and, use them for a few days or weeks, then toss them in a box until I can pass them on to other people. My friends are used to seeing me coming around with fistfuls of pens to hand out, whether they want them or not.
There are those pens I wish to acquire and keep, maybe to use, or maybe just to stare at Gollum-like while I mutter about how beautiful they are to me. These are the pens I wish for, maybe lust after a little, but haven’t yet convinced myself to buy.
These are the pens I would like to own by the end of this year.
I’m not into writing with fountain pens.
But the Vanishing Point, with its retractable tip and simple, easy to use ink cartridges is about as close as a fountain pen can get to a ‘regular’ pen. And, call me shallow, but looks matter, and this pen has lots of looks.
Would I use it to write regularly? No, it would be the go-to pen for special occasions. The rest of the time, I’d just bask in the pleasure of ownership.
The EnerGel is one of my hands-down favorite pens.
Comfortable to hold and use and a graceful dream when applied to the page. They were terrific as capped pens, awesome as retractables and supreme as sleek, metal-bodied gel RTs.
Not crazy about the only two color choices being red and silver, but I’m willing to overlook that, given the pen’s outstanding performance and overall solid build. Definitely a regular-use pen.
Don’t know about you, but I’m all the time putting pens in my right front pants pocket.
It’s a handy place to keep your pen, right where you can grab it when you need it and safely tucked away so you don’t lose it. But I’ve broken more than a few and jabbed myself in the leg while sitting more times than I can count. Plus, somehow all my pants end up with little ink marks on the leg just below the pocket.
The compact and elegant Pico pocket pen seems like a great solution to that problem. It combines the reliability of the Lamy line with a convenient design that makes it simple to slip in and out of a pocket whenever you need it. I’m betting this one will become a daily carry.
Another one that’s mostly about the looks.
We all know that Kaweco makes great pens, so there’s no doubt this rollerball would write smoothly and consistently and just be an overall pleasure to use. That grip doesn’t seem particularly comfortable, but it’s not a deal-breaker.
The thing that really makes this a wish list pen for me is the combination of translucence and intense color that lends a feeling of adventure to it. This is a pen I would use when feeling especially creative or in need of some inspiration.
Zebra Sharbo X ST3
I haven’t used a multi-pen since those old Bic tri-colors back in grade school. The Sharbo X, a whole world more advanced than that, makes me want to use them again.
The absolute best feature of this pen is the degree to which you can customize it. Choose the size of lead and pen tip, ballpoint or gel ink and a range of ink colors. All of them fit snugly into a metal pen body that comes in your choice of color (I want the black).
All it takes is a short twist to select your writing instrument and extend the point.
Expensive, yes, but I can see how this pen would be extremely useful when you are working out and about, away from your desk. Pencil for quick sketches, ballpoint pen in blue ink for signatures, gel ink for taking notes. This one would get a lot of use from me.
Those are my five pens. What about you…what’s on your list of pens to add to your collection this year?