Pens and ink
- Pelikan M800
- My favourite fountain pen for many years.
First only bought because I wanted another pen,
so I could have more than one ink colour in use
at the same time.
- Pelikan M200
- Writes very well, fits in smaller pockets than the M800.
- Mont Blanc 149
- Large comfortable and good writer.
For eleven years, this was almost the only pen
I used. I also used only one ink colour for most of that time.
- Ballograf Opus and Opus2 ballpoint
- Feels very right.
Takes either the Ballograf propietary refill or a standard G2.
The blue one is Opus, the black one Opus2 (which you can see
written as "Opus 2" or "Opus II", but I think the manufacturer
I think the one with the slightly wider grip
is a bit more comfortable to write with, but the
other fits better in some pockets; So I like both
- Ballograf Epoca ballpoint -
Used one of these with wood
lower part and with gold plated upper part for 5+ years in
school. All the time with a black/fine refill.
Well, not one refill, but a lot of them.
- Pilot Fumi Raku - I make an exception to not using
twist mechanisms, partly because this pen can take Pilots B
(1.2mm) and BB (1.6mm) ballpoint refills. Also my Nanbutetsu
("southern iron") looks very nice and fits my hands well.
The BB is smoothest, but possibly the B is a
better compromise between writing feeling and line
- Fisher AG7 Astronaut Pen
- Very practical, well made with attention to detail.
I like the blue bold refill the best.
- Ballograf Rondo -
Inexpensive, good quality.
The one at the top is an old variant which isn't
exactly like the ones made today. Middle is a
limited edition called Flower, bottom a colour
variant of the limited edition Retro.
- Caran d'Ache Ecridor "Type 55"
ballpoint - Nice looking, solid feeling.
- Ballograf Limited 100 -
Made in 2008 to celebrate the
60 years anniverary since they made their
first ballpoint pen.
- Bic M10 Clic - Cheap but writes well.
I use both blue and green.
- Parker Jotter -
Once had to have one of these
sent to me from Sweden, when I was working in a country
where twist mechanisms dominated.
But I seem to have lost
that specific pen! It was black.
- Lamy Dialog 2 rollerball - Well designed,
comfortable and good refill (at least the black).
retracts to lie flush when you twist it into writing mode.
("Design" or "style"? I haven't decided what I think.)
- Bic Exact-Tip rollerball
- Preferably the blue, but the black is OK too.
- Zebra DX-7 rollerball
- Usually black, blue is OK too.
- Mont Blanc 162
- Very good rollerball refill, maybe the best.
I can't decide if I like blue or black more.
The pen itself feels nice too, but I really
bought it for its capacity to take the specific
- Rotring Core Rollerball
- Looks unusual, but very good user, not just for
rollerball refills but also ballpoint and fibre tip.
Often hanging from a cord around my neck.
- Fjäder -
Lightweight assymetrical ballpoint pen.
Name means "feather".
Mine is the colour "Hav" ("Sea") and comes
with a stand.
It's manufactured by Ballograf
(text in Swedish).
- Uni Kuru Toga
- Mechanical pencil with automatically rotating
lead to keep the tip conical.
- Bic Orange Fine
- For the price it can't be beaten as a disposable ballpoint, and
it's not just the price which makes it good.
- Pilot Dr. Grip Gel
- This was my most used gel pen. But very often
with a ballpoint refill in it.
Today one has a Schneider green medium.
The other has a Fisher Space Ball ballpoint refill
made in 1997 which still works just fine and is my
largest capacity refill.
- Rotring Newton ballpoint - Well made solid pen.
One of mine managed to get through a washing
machine in working condition. Doesn't look as nice any
- Mont Blanc Noblesse
- Best narrow fountain pen I've ever had.
- Parker Reflex
- Comfortable to write with, but protrudes a
little too much over the clip for some shirt pockets,
in other it makes it easer to pull up.
- Fisher Stowaway
- A tiny ball point pen. Interesting design with
the barrel also being the ink container.
Carried it around a lot, but then I discovered the
ink had dried. Didn't replace it.
- Parker Frontier
- Good size and balance. But I don't like the clip
- Zebra Jimnie Retractable
- Not perfect, but very good refills. Now long since spent.
- Niji J-Clear III
- Comfortable writer, not so good in the pocket.
Long since spent.
- Pilot G-2/G-2ex - Mine have gotten old and are
now retired. (The soft part of the G-2ex got sticky and I don't
buy new gel refills so the G-2 isn't very useful.)
- Pilot BPS-GB Extra Broad
- Very smooth writer.
Haven't updated these lists in a while...
But I can now (2009) say that I won't buy any more gel
refills. I like hybrid ink so much more. It even
writes better and with a better feeling than many
Haven't time to follow these nowadays.
- Gallery, articles and a bit more.
- Penoply - Lots of fountain pen
information, with a focus on vintage pens.
- Glenn's Pen
Page - About pens, ink, stores and companies.
- Ink recipes
- List of ink colours you can mix by different contributors.
- Inks, etc.
- From the Household Cyclopedia. Recipies for making different
kinds of ink.
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