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Old January 25th, 2013, 11:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best cheap Pen--Need recommendation

I am tired of lousy pens and will lose an expensive one. So what is the best cheap pen out there? Thanks.

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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like these.
http://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Pen-Retr...bra+pen+sarasa
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Works every time. Smooth ink. Seems to last forever.



As a school teacher, I've tried dozens of cheap pens (which I am constantly handing out to useless little twerps who seem to lose them within minutes), and this one is the best of the cheapest.
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I prefer a fine, German, writing instrument: Staedtler. Not cheap, but not expensive...

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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You will lose it eventually, but my recommendation goes with the Cross Century Classic. At $25-30*, you keep track of it (don't loan it to useless twerps), and it's a great pen, but when you lose it. . .well, it wasn't a hundred-dollar pen; get a new one.

I bought my first one back when they were $13, after I (accidentally, I hope) kept a client's $50 Parker after I borrowed it to sign a contract between us. I've probably bought seven or eight of them since.

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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You will lose it eventually, but my recommendation goes with the Cross Century Classic. At $25-30*, you keep track of it, and it's a great pen, but when you lose it. . .well, it wasn't a hundred-dollar pen; get a new one.

I bought my first one back when they were $13, after I (accidentally, I hope) kept a client's $50 Parker after I borrowed it to sign a contract between us. I've probably bought seven or eight of them since.

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In what universe is a $25 pen a cheap pen? A cheap pen comes in 12-pack for $7.
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Contact Union Pen Company and ask for a catalog. They'll send you pen samples every couple months for the rest of your life with your name on them. If you actually buy some you get the samples more frequently.

Papermate, buy them by the box at Office Depot. Cheap and you don't have to hunt for them if you lose one.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:23 PM   #8 (permalink)
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In what universe is a $25 pen a cheap pen? A cheap pen comes in 12-pack for $7.
In the universe that carries $250-1000 pens, and up. Like me, you're a wealthy teaching magnate. Live a little.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:24 PM   #9 (permalink)
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You can't beat the PaperMate Ink Joy 100. 4 dollars for 12 pens at Staples. Great pen at any price but for a cheapie it is a no brainer.It has a removable cap if that is an issue.
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Better yet. $1.79 for a box of 12.

http://www.officedepot.com/a/product...plies-_-181610
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In what universe is a $25 pen a cheap pen? A cheap pen comes in 12-pack for $7.
True. Got to save up for a diamond-studded Tele.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I like fat pens, so I try to get a couple of these around: Pilot Gr. Grip Gel. They're about $7, and take refill cartidges.



I have to keep a close eye, though, or my family steal them.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:30 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Bic!

I prefer the Click-Sticks because I hate losing the caps (it's an OCD thing).
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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This is a question that can only have one answer, the mighty Pilot G2:

http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-Fine-Poi...words=pilot+g2

12 for $12, a pleasure to hold and to write with. No smears. The only real problem is that my children steal them from me.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Pentel RSVP...been using them since college. Large so they feel substantial in your hand, rubber grip, fine point that never blots and in 15+ years of using them almost exclusively I've never had one do the "ink dries up so you have to scribble for ten minutes to get it going again" thing. People think I'm nuts for being so particular about my pens but this model is well worth it. And only $7.99 for a box of 12 on Amazon.
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Those are PaperMates but they are not the PaperMate Ink Joy 100.They are about 15 cents each. An Ink Joy 100 is 33 cents and well worth the extra money as soon as you write the first word.But you have to be able to afford a 33 cent pen.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:12 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Free pens are the best pens and in the automotive business there are an endless supply of them
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:18 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Works every time. Smooth ink. Seems to last forever.



As a school teacher, I've tried dozens of cheap pens (which I am constantly handing out to useless little twerps who seem to lose them within minutes), and this one is the best of the cheapest.
I have to ask you in what universe those Papermates work every time and last forever?

We always need blue pens to sign documents so that executed originals stand out and are easily distinguished from photocopies. They tend to disappear, so I keep cheap[er] blue pens on hand, and have a bunch of Papermates. Many of them don't write right out of the box and we have to work them to get the ink to flow and they don't work well long.

I prefer the clear body Bic pens, they seem to work better longer, but they're still not great.

I typically use a Cross Century Classic for personal use because they are simply more reliable and I write well with them.

I use the Bic multicolors for proofreading and editing, and often use them when other pens don't work.

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