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Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by umc, Jan 9, 2011.
This is interesting. So in the US black is the main color for pens? Did not know that. Here it's blue, everything is blue. And I find it dull. That's why I wrote in black for the last 10 years till it got forbidden by my boss. :'( But I still prefer black.
any color really, as long as its black.
Just got word from the chief that blue is ok to use.
Life is good.
Still curious as to what everyones take is so please keep posting.
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I use black, mainly by default, as I've never given it too much consideration and most pens come in black out of the package. But as someone pointed out early on in this thread, I do like that blue makes it so easy to distinguish copies from originals. A switch to blue may be in my future.
If it's a choice of only blue or black, I'll go with blue most of the time. The exceptions would be at work when I have to sign things. My favorite ink colour is purple though. I have some cool Waterman and Pelikan Violet inks for my fountain pens, and I never tire of writing with or looking at the colour.
I personally prefer blue but I am a nurse and we are required to document in BLACK ink. So I use buy black ink pens almost exclusively.
As a EDC'er, I like blue. I have always liked blue ink, even though I like my gear in black. I work as a medic in FL for a private, and they are huge on black ink. However, I kept noticing reports coming in written in blue ink. Some people said it was mandatory to write in black while others said they always use blue, but got bitched at for it. I recently asked one of the head guys if there was a written rule that said we had to use black, and he said no. Plus, a check is a legal document and you can write in blue or black.
I too use fisher refills for just about everything. I prefer gel or rollerball, but the reliability of the Fisher is unbeatable. I had bought a few black Fisher's when I thought black was mandatory, but am going to pick up blue... plus, I think it writes smoother than the black Fisher's.
As far as using your good pens at work in the medical field, I always do. They take a beating, they are easy to disinfect, and they NEVER get used by patients or other medical staff. I carry a patient pen on my person and in my clip board. I have the Benchmade 1100-1 and love it. The cap has started losing some of its retention,but still "snaps" on both ends. I also have a Surefire EWP-03 and that has become my report writing pen as it is a clicky. Not the most comfortable to write and entire report with, but it has good weight and is reliable. The last pen I bought was a Tuff Writer Shorty in Sniper Gray. Love how comfortable it is to write, but the cap has to be held or clipped to my shirt while writing...Oh yeah... BLUE.
Black before blue. The pen itself is what makes a difference for me. If the pen feels right, any color works for me.
"Vert Empire" by Herbin. The Emperors favorite color. Herbin has been making ink since the sixteen hundreds. If I don't need ink I use a staedler pencil.
For everyday inks, I prefer Noodler's Zhivago and Walnut. They are both dark enough to pass for black at first glance, but they are actually a really dark green and dark brown, respectively, and give great character to business writing without really jumping out and looking unprofessional.
I use blue so I can tell my copies apart from my originals on my black-and-white copier. It's also nicer when proofreading a document since I can readily see my edits.
Black ink for me. 99% of all professional/official documents that need to be signed by me must be in black.
Black and Blue
I found out through much usage in Grad school that blue seems to catch my eye and is easier to read for me.
I prefer black for notetaking and such, but blue for signing legal, tax, and real estate docs...
Black I've found it does copy better then blue.
+1 ... which is why I do use blue on occasion.