1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Post Your Favorite Cheap Pen (s)

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by Nightwatch, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. Lugsalot

    Lugsalot EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2006
    Messages:
    6,447
    Likes Received:
    41
    You too? I'm an incorrigible scavenger of pens and other things I may or may not find useful. Oh, and shiny stuff as well!  :laugh:
    I likes me some nice pens, though. But the cheap ones are too hard to pass up...especially if you tend to lose 'em like I do.  :shrug:
    Not to hijack, but I'm having a hard time finding cartridges for my G-2 minis. Do they make 'em or are we adding more fodder to the landfill everytime one of these babies runs dry?
     
  2. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,148
    Likes Received:
    36
    Here's my favorite cheap pen, it's the one on the bottom, shown with an Inka for size comparison:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    It's a new pen from Zebra called a "Compact" F-301 fine point ball point pen.  It has a lanyard attachment point as well, shown here (I added the split ring myself):

    [​IMG]

    About $4 for a package of two at Walmart :)

    Just did a review of it here:
    http://edcforums.com/index.php?topic=4766.msg57823#msg57823

    Dan
     
  3. dinoadventures

    dinoadventures Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2006
    Messages:
    1,355
    Likes Received:
    4
    I got my Rotring 600 Triopen for $10, but as for retail priced pens, I like the Vision Elite.
     
  4. porkchop

    porkchop Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2006
    Messages:
    944
    Likes Received:
    108
    I usually have several cheap pens on me or close by all the time.
    I like the Parker Jotter ball points have one stainless and one with a red/maroon barrel.
    I usually have a couple of Pilot G-2's in my pocket or bag and a couple of Bic click pens or Bic stick pens that I keep as loaners.

    There always seems to be a Pentel Rolling Writer laying around the house whenever I need a pen and don't have one in my pocket.
     
  5. tvodrd

    tvodrd Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,844
    Likes Received:
    4
    In the past, abt once a year I have bought a box of ten Bic or Papermate Comfort Mate or Soft Feel clickies. They're laying everywhere. I stuck my head in a Staples today looking for some better clickie guts and external pocket clips than Bic for some 5/16" dia. Ti tubing that arrived last week. I struck-out on that quest, but still left ~$35 poorer. I grabbed a multi-colered pack of mini Sharpies, a pack of 4 mech pencils and a 2-pack of the Zebra F301, Inka-type and a 2-pack of the telescopics. The Inka wannabees immediately landed in the "drawer."

    The Zebra telescopics @ 2/~$5 are cool! They're a pretty solid instrument, despite their country of origin! Maybe not as cheap as those "liberated" from your employer or a Chinese resteraunt, but "cooler!" The Ti Inka I have on order may also land in the "drawer!" ;D

    Larry
     
  6. mightysparrow

    mightysparrow Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2006
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    0
    I bought my first Zebra F-301 Compacts today, at Wal-mart in the double pack for $3.97. Great pen! :smitten: I love the small size, the nice pocket cliip and keyring/lanyard hole in the cap, and the fine point. The look is great, too! This pen will be a favorite from now on, along with the Pilot G2 mini. I had considered ballpoint pens too uncomfortable to use, but no more. Here in northern Virginia, the F-301 Compact is also on sale for about the same price at Staples Stores.
     
  7. LowWorm

    LowWorm Guest

    Bruner, mightysparrow, I am with you on the Zebra F-301. :highfive:

    jamesko kindly sent one my way and I'm smitten. :smitten:

    I'm not a fan of plastic pens, and though the barrel of this pen is mostly plastic, it doesn't feel cheap to me in the least. Ink is smooth, construction is solid but not excessive, the cap clicks securely, and the clip is long and reasonably springy. I love the minimalistic aluminum design and the price...the price is dirt cheap. I'm stocking up on these suckers.

    The only thing is that I can't ever see me carrying it on my keychain due to its size...great for pen or pocket, yes, but just way too big for my keychain.
     
  8. Stu Gatz

    Stu Gatz Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2006
    Messages:
    124
    Likes Received:
    0
    My inexpensive standby for years has been a Pilot Precise Rolling Ball V5 Extra Fine in Black...

    I have used a few other inexpensive pens such as different models of the Uni-Ball series... :-X

    Stuart
     
  9. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,148
    Likes Received:
    36
  10. tvodrd

    tvodrd Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,844
    Likes Received:
    4
    I've carried one of the Zebra telescopics for a week now, and it's a definate keeper! :smitten: (Modded, of course!) I'm gonna stop by an Orifice Depot tomorrow and hopefully buy a few more and some pressurized Fisher universal refills for it. (I've never tried a Fisher pressurized pen, but have a Trekker on order. -nothanks to youz guys! :tsk:)

    Micro review: Appears to be of drawn/machined brass construction and has some heft for its size wich is 3.75" closed and 5.125" open. They are a nice piece of work, and at 2/$5 a bargain IMHO.

    Larry
     
  11. LowWorm

    LowWorm Guest

    I'll start the bidding for the "drawer" contents at a buck! ;D

    Didn't like the F-301 Compacts, hm? I'll have to take a closer look at the telescopic ones...for some reason, those looked cheaper to me than the "Inka wannabes," but Wal-mart fluorescents are not the most flattering lights out there....

    Malcontent winged a Trekker my way, and my someday soon goal is to side-by-side-by-side-by-side-by-side of five keychain pens: the amorous PicoPen, the Fisher Trekker, the Zebra F-301 Compact, the Zebra Penpod, and the Inka (still have to procure one of these).

    Right now, I'll say that the Trekker is hefty, but no more compact than the F-301 Compact. And not as blissfully cheap, either.
     
  12. tvodrd

    tvodrd Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,844
    Likes Received:
    4
    If I wanted one on my keyring, I could. ;D
    [​IMG]
    (I wonder how long Comcast is going to continue to let me use my sold-to-Time-Warner account?)

    Larry
     
  13. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,148
    Likes Received:
    36
    Where did you get that telescopic Zebra with a split-ring attached (attachment point) ??? The one I have doen't have that. Also the figer grip show on your telescopic is different than mine. Mine has that "fluted" texture the whole way down to the end.

    Dan

    loWWorm and eveyone else,

    The Inka is still by far my favorite keychain pen. It's hard to beat it's "transformer" qualities ;)

    Dan
     
  14. tvodrd

    tvodrd Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,844
    Likes Received:
    4
    Hi Dan,

    I'm a wizeguy and have a lathe and milling machine in my garage/shop. I found the front of the pen to be a little slippery and added a dozen grooves to corect that. One of our Moderators has a fixation on "keychain pens" and I milled the end of one for a splitring in spite, I mean humor. :green:

    Larry
     
  15. bruner

    bruner Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,148
    Likes Received:
    36
    Larry,

    You are playing with us ;)

    Cool though... If I had a lathe I might have done the same.

    Dan
     
  16. Blades

    Blades Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,740
    Likes Received:
    92
    I am a service advisor, so I write down everything you say is broke on your car when you drop it off. I had been using a Zebra F301 for the last few years. I have started using a Fisher Space Pen Cap-O-Matic. Cheap, writes when I need it to, sometimes when standing in the rain. The Zebra is my back-up pen now, the Cap-O-Matic is my primary.



    Blades
     
  17. LowWorm

    LowWorm Guest

    Boy, I'd hate to be that person... :popcorn:...those fixations can be murder!


    More than meets the eye! I really need to check an Inka out.


    Blades, the cap-o-matic is a clickie, with a fake cap, right?
     
  18. Blades

    Blades Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,740
    Likes Received:
    92
    Lowworm,
    Yes it is a clickie. For the price, it is hard to beat. I need a clickie at work, it takes to long to cap/uncap a pen to make notes or whatever.


    Blades
     
  19. Coldwood

    Coldwood Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2006
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    More praise for Pilot G-2, my favorite. They may be cheap (I can buy an economy dozen at Staples for about $10) but they are well made, write great, and seem to last forever. I have a friend who collects the odd but good pen that happens her way (there's one in every office ;) ), and she loves these.
     
  20. wolf54

    wolf54 Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2006
    Messages:
    107
    Likes Received:
    1
    The Parker Jotter in Stainless Steel. Cheap, writes well, refills are plentiful.

    It also makes a nice improvised self defense tool!

    [​IMG]