In the Great Pen Graveyard in the Sky, there are a few new residents. Many consider writing by hand a dying art. Kids use pens and pencils in school, businesses use them to varying degrees–various, decreasing degrees. Pens are a daily part of my life, and it seems appropriate for me to introduce myself through my tools.
I killed a pen, and I liked it. Actually, I killed three pens, and all of them were purple. I take a lot of notes by hand, using Levenger’s Circa system to store them. I want to write great books, and in order for me to do that, I need to take notes. I need to take lots of notes. Opening the Dae Portals isn’t easy, and I have the memory of swiss cheese at times. So, I write notes.
I use a pen to write notes. A lot of authors use computers to write their notes, and in a way, I’m kind of jealous of them! I type faster than I write by hand, but I just can’t get over the thrill of writing things down on paper. Bugger.
So, since I somehow still have your attention, I’ll show you the really cool pens I use. Pilot FriXion pens use a gel-type ink, but unlike regular pens, they erase. However, unlike normal erasing pens, there’s no residue left after erasing, and it actually erases. What is this sorcery?! What is this sorcery?!
It’s invisible ink sorcery, apparently. Pilot took the idea of invisible ink and turned it into a viable writing tool… only turning the ink invisible when a certain amount of friction (or heat) is applied. Yeah, that’s pretty freaking cool science right there. It even comes in all sorts of colors. I killed three purple pens, and I’m well on my way to murdering a blue one. I have pink pens, blue pens, red pens, and green pens waiting for their turn to go to the great pen graveyard in the sky.
They come in two types: classical ‘ballpoint’ style and needlepoint. They come in .05 and .07 tips. Needlepoints tend to last longer since it uses less link to write with, but the .07 ballpoint style writes smoother. I’m seriously in love with both variants. My wallet is currently curled in the fetal position sobbing at the damage these pens have done to my finances. (Okay, it hasn’t been that bad, but at $3 a pop, at the rate I go through them, I’m going to need adult supervision and fast.)
What kind of pens do you like best? Do you have a favorite brand? Do you belong to the secret cult of pen and paper lovers? Don’t worry–your secret is safe with me.
If the above rambling wasn’t review enough, here’s a quick and dirty review of the pilot friXion pens.
Pros: Write really well, erasing actually works, smooth, consistent ink. Come in three styles: Click pen, capped ballpoint, capped needlepoint. Cheap. Needlepoints provide best bang for buck. Loads of colors. Can be purchased almost anywhere, from pharmacies to staples to art stores.
Cons: You will go through the pens really, really fast, especially the .07 ballpoint variant of them. Most expensive cheap pens ever. (You pay for their cheapness in how quickly they must be replaced.)
Really Important Cons: The ink is based on invisible ink technology. If you freeze the paper, your words may literally disappear. Good news? You might get the words to reappear if you warm it up. No guarantees on revival of ink. Do not store in extremely hot or extremely cold places. Do not use on business documentation.
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