This is something that I've been thinking about for the past few days. I know to most people, they could care less about what type of pen they have in their hand. But, for us, the pen crazed and mildly obsessed, it does matter. Growing up, I always had Ball Point Pens. I didn't know any different. I knew that some pens wrote better than others. I knew the cheap white Bic pens were annoying and too small for my huge hands to hold. I tried using whatever I could to find something comfortable, but never really did. The girls I knew would use gel pens because they came in a lot of colors. I never really gave them a chance until Pilot came out with those G2 pens I believe they were. The Gel pens with the dark tinted plastic barrel. I loved those as they wrote so much better, but they were a lot more expensive. At the time I thought spending a few dollars on a pen was nuts. Fast forward to today, I can only really use Gel pens. I love the flow, the nice dark colored ink (I can only use black) the style of the pens and I don't even mind having to wait for the ink to dry. I finally found a pen that i love. Pentel Energel is the one I choose for all my writing tasks. I love the retractable fine tipped version. You can get a 3 pack for $5 or less and I usually just stock up on the refills and keep the barrels. BUT! Is there something better that I'm missing out on? I've tried most every brand, Pentel is my favorite. I've never tried a fountain pen because they seem really expensive. I only use my pens for work and writing letters. So am I good with what I use? Or am I missing out on some cosmic opportunity by not having a specific brand. Let me know what you think I should try out, and I'll check them out. I can't really see spending more than $10-$20 MAX on a pen, simply because it's a pen and I just use it up. BUT, give me some suggestions. THANKS!