“The writing pen is mightier than the flashing sword.” – Anon
This is an oft-quoted saying which has existed thanks to time immemorial. However, penmanship seems to be a lost art these days, thanks to technology. Your handwriting is a reflection of who you are and it acts as an indicator of your personality, so you should not take it lightly. Lazy or sloppy handwriting will leave a bad impression on the customer or client.
With so many choices of pens available to pick from, you may have difficulty in picking the right one. Here are the guidelines for selecting the perfect writing pen.
Although subsets exist, the three basic types of writing pen are ballpoint (ball), rollerball (gel) and fountain (ink) pen. Let’s dissect them one at a time.
Ball pens are the most popular of the three writing pens. The ink is oil-based, meaning that it dries quickly and is smudge-resistant. They are a utility and available even in roadside shops. The downside is that it takes a fair bit of pressure to write with them, so long periods of writing will be strenuous. Also, there are fewer ink options available
Gel pens are a sort of mix between fountain pens and ball pens. They have water-based ink, so they generally require less pressure to be applied. They allow you to write faster and clearer than ballpoint pens. On the other hand, gel pens take longer to dry and may smudge, the writing might seep through the paper and they also run out of ink quicker.
The fountain pen is still the luxury pen. They are smooth and elegant and the easiest to write with, gliding across the surface of the paper. However, they are high maintenance. It takes longer to write something down. Dictation can get tedious with ink pens as you can write for a long time, but not quickly. Still, ink pens imply sophistication and are seen as the most professional writing pen.
Now let’s look at the cost of the fine writing instrument. Some pens like Mont Blanc have price tags as high as seven figures. Hero pens offer many memories of our school days, while Parker was the upper-class end.
Ink pens are the costliest of the bunch. You want a writing pen that doesn’t write too thick or thin so it can stick with you through thick and thin. More than the money, analyze whether you are getting the value for that money.
One strategy is to buy an ink pen of good quality, but keep economical use-and-throw pens for quick notes. The ink pen can be used to sign documents while the ball pens are for note taking. These can also be offered to clients, customers, and employees. You can purchase a pack of writing pens for a low price and discard them once the ink runs out.
Gel and ink pens usually have a wider variety of colours available. Altering colours takes a while for an ink pen since you have to wait and fill up the cartridge. Ball and gel pens have it easy since you can just buy a refill and switch it out with the old one. These refills also cost less.
When it comes to a professional business person, blue and black are the two widely acceptable colours for writing pens. Some people opt for blue since it stands out from the black text in case of a signature. Others feel that black is the best suited for their needs.
You should refrain from other colours unless the situation demands it. Red ink is often a no-no and only Gazetted officers are authorized to sign in green ink. You may use whatever colour you want (orange, yellow, purple), for doodling and planning, but always keep a blue or black writing pen handy for official documents.
The comfort factor definitely has a role to play in your selection of the right pen. For the best writing experience, you want a pen that can write smoothly without applying too much pressure. An excess amount of pressure could damage the nib or tip of the pen, making it difficult to write.
Fat pens are easier to grip than thinner ones, though thin ones are finer and suited for small spaces. Keep this in mind during your quest for a great writing pen.
You might want to try different options before making a quick decision. You could also write down ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. This sentence contains all the alphabets so you’ll know how each one looks when written with your pen.
There are many other technicalities such as angles, friction, weight, and nib thickness which we are not going to get into. There are external factors such as your profession and your frequency with which you use the pen.
Please know that these are merely some factors to consider while choosing your own writing pen, not hard and fast rules.
Of course, what is a pen without a good notebook to jot down notes on? If you think they are a thing of the past, you should read our article on four compelling advantages of using business notebooks.
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Choosing a pen is about prioritizing one need over another. It is not about the most perfect pen overall, but the one that is perfect for you as a person. Your handwriting is yours, as opposed to text typed on the computer. Pens can be used to distinguish yourself from the rest.
The wacky world of writing pens is a diverse one, but PrintStop can help you choose the perfect professional pen for your position. We have engraved metal pens to show off your bold and dazzling handwriting. We also have custom printed plastic pens that you can use to promote your brand. You should check them both out. Contact PrintStop for more information. We will select the right – or rather, the ‘write’ pen for you!
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