psteinx wrote: ↑Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:10 pm
Was recently in Las Vegas and stopped in a Montblanc shop - looked at some nice writing instruments costing a few hundred and up. Hadn't really been thinking about this issue, and didn't buy anything at the time. Now back from Vegas, so can't easily re-shop that same store.
I don't journal or do a TON of handwriting, but I do use pens and pencils a decent amount. For pens, I generally use rollerball or gel pens (have occasionally used fountain pens, but not a big fan). For pencils, either old school wood pencils or inexpensive mechanicals. i.e. What I use NOW *is* of the $0.20-$6.00 price range. Losing or breaking one is no big deal.
I have a nicer set I got years ago (graduation present maybe?) - I think Cross brand, gold-hued (probably not real gold), pen and pencil set. But they're pretty slim, and not actually that good to write with.
I prefer a fairly fat pen/pencil - easier to grip. But cheap/disposable stuff is mostly varying degrees of thin.
I would consider something nicer - Montblanc or the like, but have some Qs, especially for those who like this sort of thing.
1) Where does one find an assortment of reasonably nice pens to try out? Not sure it's a typical jewelry store thing. Big box office supply store seems to have only/mainly <$10 stuff (mainly ~$1-4 stuff). I'm in a decent sized midwestern city, but it ain't NYC or Las Vegas.
2) I assume that there's little qualitative difference between whatever actual writing element (the ball point/gel tip/roller ball/etc) that's in a "luxury" pen versus what you can get in a nice $5 pen. Valid assumption? Are the cartridges generally widely interchangeable, so I can easily replace when my tastes change or it runs out of ink?
3) I mostly haven't cared because what I use is cheap, but if I had something nice and I generally didn't take it outside of the house, I assume I'm not so likely to lose/misplace it, correct?
4) Pencils for me have been less satisfactory than pens. I *like* the sensation and the practicality of using a well sharpened pencil (or a mechanical with a relatively fine lead), and the ability to easily erase with a soft eraser on the top of the pencil. But in real-life usage, the leads dull quickly (if wooden pencil) or break often (if mechanical), and the rubber at the tip hardens fairly quickly and/or is used up. Perhaps I write heavily. Are higher end mechanicals better on these issues? (Maybe not the eraser, but at least holding the lead well and having it not break frequently).
Any other thoughts from those who like and use a nicer pen/pencil?
FWIW, while my Qs are mainly about functional issues, the aesthetic appeal of a nice writing instrument is not lost on me.