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Seeking a practical & stylish pen (~$20)

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by Jetsrb32, Dec 27, 2014.

  1. Jetsrb32

    Jetsrb32 Loaded Pockets

    Hi Everyone, (noob here)

    I am looking for a non-tactical, inexpensive, practical but stylish pen for around $20
    I am looking to upgrade from the bic and other cheap office pens
    Ballpoint I think

    What do you recommend?

    I was looking at the Fisher X-750 - any thoughts on it?

  2. gibbsrule9
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    gibbsrule9 Memoria in Aeterna

    Those criteria say Parker Jotter to me.
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  3. batteur
    • GITD Manix 2XL Owner
    • In Omnia Paratus

    batteur Loaded Pockets

    A Caran d’Ache 849 would fit, too. :)
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  4. flatline

    flatline Loaded Pockets

    Or Fisher Bullet.

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  5. Jetsrb32

    Jetsrb32 Loaded Pockets

    I don't like the bullet form factor
    Jotter & Caran - I am trying to stay away from clicky pens

  6. Sachsen

    Sachsen Loaded Pockets

    No clicky? Stylish?

    I would recommend a Pilot Metropolitan rollerball. Capped. Takes Pilot G2 refills. High quality like just about everything Pilot makes. Metal body. Only $13.50 at jetpens.

    If you must have ballpoint rather than gel ink, it looks like the Zebra Fortia ST Cap has a similar form factor to the Metropolitan, for only $8.50. Looking at the writing samples though, it looks like typical poor-performing ballpoint ink. The only ballpoint I would recommend for a good writing experience would be a Uniball Jetstream, but they don't make a non-clicky that fits your criteria.

    Edit: the Fisher fine point refill is also a pretty good writing experience, although not nearly as good as the Jetstream or most gel pens. So if you are interested in any of the many Fisher pens, their fine point refill is the way to go.
    Last edited by Sachsen, Dec 28, 2014
  7. thatotherguy

    thatotherguy EDC Junkie!!!!!

    If you don't like the Bullet form factor you might not like the X-750 either. They're VERY similar in form factor. Both are mini pens.
    Ballpoint? Rollerball? Styling cues? Color? What's your favorite refill? Color? Material? Do you prefer narrower or thicker pens? Are you using it for jotting quick notes or long writing sessions?
    As it stands your options are anywhere from the Pilot Metro rollerball to the Uni-Ball Power Tank to the Cross Classic Century to the, if you're willing to bump the budget to about $35 and order from a Japanese fleabay seller, the Platinum 3776 ballpoint.
    Having a lot of options is nice but choosing something as personal as a pen mandates some more criteria being met. A nice pen will last the rest of your life, and there are a lot of nice pens out there to choose from. Hopefully we can help you choose one you love the first time :)
  8. wetduck

    wetduck Loaded Pockets

    I have an all stainless Parker Jotter with space pen refill.
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  9. bryan123

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    Retro 51Tornado
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  10. DCBman

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    Pilot Metropolitan!! Takes the G2 07 refill. Incredible pen. Nice ergos and only about $14 bucks.
  11. Hankthetank75

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    This is my new addition and I like it alot


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  12. glockguy110

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    Get a Parker jotter and put a fisher ink in it

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  13. 313
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    313 Uber Prepared

    This being a two-year old thread I'm quite sure the OP has found a pen already.. Nevertheless this is always a current and useful topic so I'll cast my vote for the Jotter too. It's an understated workhorse with great value that everyone should have at least one of.
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  14. Westerdutch

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    So much this! I had a neon orange one that got nicked and i'm so tempted to just order the exact same again... its a bit of a slippery pen but i just love the design and color options.
  15. Gogogordy

    Gogogordy Loaded Pockets

    Of course like so many others I have a Fisher Bullet which is 20 years old and I love it. I think this pen is a gateway for a lot of us into this aspect of edc gearhounding.

    I also have a hard to find since discontinued but very cool Zebra SL-F1 telescoping "oily" ink pen. These are a cult favorite and if you look hard enough on Amazon can find for less than $20. Its a nice little piece of gear.

    I also have an Ohto Minimo with wallet card enroute for placement in my Big Skinny wallet as a "never without" type of pen. My wife has one already (Ohto Minimo, not Big Sinny wallet) and its a superb micro bp pen, albeit with a super fine point. Refills avail at .07 vs .05 though.
  16. glockguy110

    glockguy110 Loaded Pockets

    lol I didn't even notice the date well I'm glad I woke this tread back up lol

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  17. jag-engr
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    jag-engr Semper Bufo! Staff Member

    I think my favorite pen (or, really, two pens and one pencil) is the SkilCraft B3 Aviator. It is a twist-action multi-pen with two D1 cartridges and a 0.5mm mechanical pencil. It is sleek, affordable, and looks great (especially considering that it is made by blind people).
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  18. glockguy110

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    Do the b3 come in only ballpoint or can I get a rollerball or any for it ?

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  19. gazz98

    gazz98 Loaded Pockets

    I'm ashamed to say I have never heard of that site. What a great cause and idea.
  20. jag-engr
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    jag-engr Semper Bufo! Staff Member

    I'm not sure. It supposed to accept D1 refills, so theoretically, if they make rollerball D1 cartridges, they should fit. However, I have noticed that the fit is pretty tight on the pen for some cartridges. The originial cartridges work just fine, but the Lamy M21 cartridges (Lamy's version of the D1) are too snug to operate the pen.
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