Picking the Right Pen

If you keep a journal, you want to have a reliable pen on hand. What’s the point of having something to write on if you have nothing to write with?

Okay, nowadays, most people don’t write much anymore. Collectively, people’s handwriting has gone down quite a bit because of a lack of practice. However, if you’re the sort who has a journal that isn’t in digital form, you probably have decent – if not good – handwriting. A good pen helps with that.

With that in mind, just what does qualify as a good pen? I’m glad you asked!

First, you need to separate a working pen from the signature pen. For a signature pen or personal notes, you want one with a broad or medium point. Blue ink is commonly used because it stands out from photocopies, but black ink is typical for formal documents.

A working pen, on the other hand, is what is going to see a lot of everyday use. A good size and fit that is comfortable in your hand are essential. The point of the pen will vary based on your speed of writing.

The faster you write, the more a fine-point pen would suit you. They allow for a more rapid flow of ink. If you take your time or write slowly, a broader point is advisable.

A fountain pen is also a consideration. These are reliable and sturdy, and the best ones have the bonus of being more likely to be returned when someone borrows them.

You might be concerned about the leaking of the pen. This is a natural worry, but fountain pens are not always leaking. They occasionally do, in the same way that you grind gears when driving stick. At least with a fountain pen, the ink is 90% water, so rinsing it off is easy.

You can also prevent it. Angle the pen upwards rather than downwards when capping it. Be gentle as you do. This reduces the odds of the ink getting in the cap.

If you fly a lot, the air pressure can force the ink out. You can minimize this if you keep the tank almost empty, or even at just half-capacity.

There you have it. Some sound advice for picking up a fine pen to match your fine journal.