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December 20th, 2003

Building the Perfect Pen

As some of you may know, I have a penchant for good pens. I appreciate a writing device that does its job and does it well. With that in mind, I’ve put together the features that I’d like in a pen – but not just any pen, the Perfect Pen.

  1. Ink-based. No doubt about it, ink is the way to go. But ideally this pen will let me switch between blue and black ink relatively easily. It will also be designed to prevent ink blotches.
  2. Thick body. The Dr. Grip has a nice, slightly gel-like grip. I appreciate a thicker body on the pen and, as a bonus, it allows more goodies inside.
  3. Built-in correction. I need Liquid Paper now more than ever. A reservoir with Liquid Paper would be quite handy and, ideally this would be easy to use.
  4. Lightweight. The whole thing needs to be lightweight, no doubt.
  5. Writes upside-down and in very cold weather. The entire reason for this Ping came from the pen that’s currently in my car: it dies in cold weather. Please, please, can we fix this? And as a bonus, let me write upside down like the astronauts.

So really, I want a good pen for Christmas. I apologize to everyone who was struggling to get me a gift this year.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday December 20, 2003 -- 12:26:29 pm
Good call, Paul. Don't bother getting my name engraved: Rubber gripped and can write upside down in cold weather.

...maybe you can add the type that glow..but make in a manly color. Better yet, blacklight. That would be great: Pen / Blacklight wand..

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Saturday December 20, 2003 -- 4:17:07 pm
Do they make such things?

I like gel pens, they write in almost any direction, always ready to write even in cold weather. The only problem is that it needs a few seconds to dry and if it gets wet, it smears.

When you devise that pen, send one my way please. Hopefully before X-mas 2003!

FROM: jk
DATE: Saturday December 20, 2003 -- 9:02:35 pm
Would your perfect pen be free??

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday December 20, 2003 -- 10:26:39 pm
It really wouldn't be "perfect" unless it was free...Thankfully, Paul is kind enough to spring for them for all of us. Right Paul?

Just fill out the free form...

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Saturday December 20, 2003 -- 10:57:32 pm
You totally need to join my Pen 15 club!

FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday December 20, 2003 -- 11:54:25 pm
I've always had a Pen 15 membership...and member.

FROM: Kate
DATE: Thursday December 25, 2003 -- 3:26:40 pm
They need to make a pen that has as nice ink supply like a gel pen, but dries instantly. I hate having to write over things twice because of my pen being skimpy on the ink, but gel pens and the like smear all over the place unless I'm being paranoid. (Stupid lefthandedness - shall I forever be cursed with a multicolored pinky?)

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