Day 28: I am grateful for good pens.
Small things matter, and one of my favorite things in life is a good pen. Pens are important to writers like me, who don’t just write with keyboards, but also do gobs of longhand writing. I have always written a lot of everything–notes, memos, letters, journals, doodles, lists, cards, you name it. As a teacher, I used pens even more often, most particularly to grade and comment on student essays and projects. Suffice it to say that with all the words I have placed on paper, I have had oodles of longhand writing experience, and plenty enough to know which writing instruments are the best–or, at least, that is, the best for me. And I might mention that when it comes to pens, I’m as picky as a fashion model is with lipstick.
For years, my favorite pen of choice has been the fine point Pentel R.S.V.P. pen. Dubbed the “mastermind” of all ballpoint pens, the R.S.V.P. stands up to the hard work of a writer, and is equally tough in practice for them as is accepting some invitations (hence, the RSVP designation).
As the following diagram shows, the pen has a durable steel tip, along with a latex-free comfort grip, which make the pen both durable and comfortable. Did I mention affordable? As described in Pentel’s product information:
Quality-crafted, economical ballpoint pen with an ergonomic barrel design and Latex-free Comfort Zone™ grip for writing comfort and control. Writes expressive medium lines with vivid black ink. Crystal-clear barrel is complemented by a variety of bright grip and trim colors.
You can purchase this pen in medium or fine points, but I personally have never even tried the medium tip. I prefer the fine point in most pens, unless I’m writing something that needs to stand out, such as an envelope. I might also add that it is specifically and particularly the RSVP pen that I favor even over other Pentels (although I’ve never tried the pricier variety).
This disposable and/or refillable fine point pen gives a clear and visible mark without ever leaking or blotching–which is really my favorite thing about this pen–along with its sleek design. Some people prefer clickable pens so they don’t have to worry about misplacing the top, but I don’t mind that it has to be capped, because I always nearly always place the pen top on the end of the pen as shown, so I have rarely ever lost one.
I also like the color selections available for this pen, although I have never seen one of the sky blue varieties.
I use the violet purple ink nearly as much as the black and the blue color, with black probably being my favorite, but black and blue being the two I run out of most often. However, I’ve probably used as many purple Pentels as both the blue and the black put together. Because I often write cards, letters or journal in the purple ink, I have gone through a lot of purple ink, while the black and blue are reserved usually for more formal correspondence or envelope writing.
I usually buy these packs for just over a dollar a pen. Recently I found the refills online, but up until now have not recycled as well as I hope to going forward. These pens are great and something I feel I can depend on, but you don’t have to just take my word for it, you can also read this article here.
Loving these pens the way I do, I had an idea for Christmas this year.
I might suggest for the family gift exchange that we each bring something inexpensive to share with one another, with the caveat that this something must qualify as one of our favorite things. If the items are small enough, they can be placed in a stocking, but I might do something original like us a wrapped box, a designated table or a pillowcase to gather each person’s stash of gifting favorites. By receiving a small favorite item such as a Pentel pen, we can all learn a little more about each other and about gratitude, and also receive something that comes well recommended.
I’m so glad I discovered a pen I can always count on. This year, as in many before, I remain grateful for the Pentel R.S.V.P. ballpoint pen.
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