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    A few years ago my wife let me buy myself a Pelikan M800 fountain pen, a bit of a grail pen for me.



    I was considering a Pelikan R600 or R800 rollerball to go along with it, but they're just too much money for me to justify.



    This Lamy Swift looks kinda cool.

    http://www.lamyusa.com/lamy_rollerball_L331_swift.php



    I'd consider another German RB pen, maybe a Kaweco or Lamy if not too expensive.



    I think I also kind like these, take Fisher Space Pen refills.

    http://amzn.to/easvdQ

    http://www.countycomm.com/PEN.htm



    What do you guys like for RB pens?



    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmeisenzahl View Post
    A few years ago my wife let me buy myself a Pelikan M800 fountain pen, a bit of a grail pen for me.



    I was considering a Pelikan R600 or R800 rollerball to go along with it, but they're just too much money for me to justify.



    This Lamy Swift looks kinda cool.

    http://www.lamyusa.com/lamy_rollerball_L331_swift.php



    I'd consider another German RB pen, maybe a Kaweco or Lamy if not too expensive.



    I think I also kind like these, take Fisher Space Pen refills.

    http://amzn.to/easvdQ

    http://www.countycomm.com/PEN.htm



    What do you guys like for RB pens?



    Chris


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    I do always use Pilot G-2 pens with gel ink, at work in the office black and red and at home black only.

    http://www.pilotpen.us/ProductGroup/35-G2.aspx

    Cheap and perfectly writing, at least for me.

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    A few of my Pelikans for you

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    I really like my fisher spacepen, but recently jumped on this project from kickstarter for a high end pen. Hoping it turns out as good as it looks and sounds.
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    My favorite by far is the Pilot G2. Wish I could find a nice host (Surefire, Schrade, Benchmade, etc.) that takes unmodified G2 refills.

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    Haven't had much luck with the G2 pens -- the ink smears.

    I prefer shorter pens, e.g., the Zebra Pen F-301 Compact and the Zebra Pen Telescopic.
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    I use Cross, Parker, and Waterman for the moment. What I usually did was buy the mont blanc refills (forgot which one) and cut down the top so it would fit inside of the G2 giving a far better writing experience.

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    A brushed chrome/red Parker Jotter, running on a stock blue refill. Never failed me or ran out of ink in two years of everyday use.

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    I use a bench made pen as well as the TUL line of pens...


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    Quote Originally Posted by tam17 View Post
    A brushed chrome/red Parker Jotter, running on a stock blue refill. Never failed me or ran out of ink in two years of everyday use.
    +1 for a Jotter. Handles my daily workshop marking tasks as adeptly as writing out paperwork.

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    For two decades; the Pentel pencil. The ''Sharp™ Mechanical Drafting Pencil, 0.9mm'' to be precise.
    And when ink is needed any Bic.

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    I have many pens but I have been carrying this Fisher Space Pen every day since 1975. I have other space pens but they never make it out of the house.



    I guess you could say I am very fond of it.

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    Another vote for the Zebra F-301 compact...they seem to be harder to find lately.

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    I have used a red Usus Io for a while which was a great pen with unique magnetic opening/closing. Looked good and felt very nice and heavy in the hand. Unfortunately I droped it in the yard at work and before I could retrieve it a 40 ton truck run over it. Bad luck .

    I also liked the format and mechanism of the space pen shown in the post above which I carried as well for about 2 years. However the refill tended to blot a bit so the writing was not so clean. That's why I didn't replace it when I lost it.

    So finally I bought myself a Parker Jotter, completely steel and it seems to be the perfect pen for me: Looks good, also in a business environment, great long lasting refill, smooth writing, comfortable in the hand. And for an EDC pen very important: Not too expensive in case I loose it or if it gets run over by a 40 ton truck.
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    Many of the good choices have already been mentioned. I keep a Parker Jotter on my desk, and one in the kitchen. I used to use a G2 at my former job for writing reports. The Schrade tactical pen makes a surprising good EDC pen for normal writing chores. The cap fits on the end of the pen with a nice friction fit, and stays in place. It's one of the most comfortable pens I've used for writing, and has been my main EDC pen for over a year now. Still going strong on the same refill despite heavy use. Even owned the original style clicky Space pen. Not sure what happened to it. Back then, Fisher refills weren't nearly as good as they are now. Felt like writing with a piece of chalk. I'd buy it again for a good price.

    I have an engraved Pelican 800 ballpoint. Excellent pen. Very comfortable. But yeah, paying that much for a shell is hard to justify. I'm glad I own it. But if I had to do it all over again, I'd get the fountain pen version. I have a less expensive Pelikan RB. A bit too thin. Pelikan makes the best rollerball refills in the industry. (I used to work as a high-end pen salesman a few years ago.) One trick is to buy a less expensive Waterman RB, and then use Pelikan refills in it. They take the same shape refills. Only minor thing is, Pelikan's are just a tad longer. The tip will protrude out a bit more in the Waterman. But not a great deal more. You can still write with the Waterman and cap it too.
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    This is my EDC pen (and one of my lights). I'm not sure what brand it is as it is a promotional pen that my company has (it has our logo etched on the other side.) It has decent heft to it (I believe it is stainless) and takes Parker refills.

    Every now and then I go back to one of my several Parker Jotters, but always end up coming back to this one. I guess I just really like how it matches my SST Maratac AAA!

    I've been carrying this one for around 10 yrs now. I have 2 more new ones just like it in the event I loose this one. Except the twist mechanisms are very stiff on the new ones. I guess they will break in if and when I ever use them.

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    I've started EDC'ing a Parker Urban Stainless Steel. Feels nice and solid. It should hold up to spending weekends in the pocket with my keys (shirt pocket during the week). I'm not fussy about which refills I use. Usually I'm signing a geocache log, or filling out a job sheet for work, so as long as ink comes out of it, it's ok for my needs.

    I love the look of this pen, and picked the SS, hoping it'll hold up to some abuse.

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    Zebra F-701. It's a good-looking, sturdy, all-stainless pen with a knurled grip. I don't see it as a "tactical" pen, though it could be used in a pinch. It goes through airport inspection and federal building entrances without a second glance. As a pen, it's just the right size, shape and weight for me.

    I've carried one every day for a couple of years and finally had to change the refill. It looks as good as the day I first clipped it to my pocket. Pen and refills are inexpensive and available at Walmart.

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    EDC pen in my pocket 24/7 is a Zebra F-301 COMPACT, the little one that stores inside the cap. I loved the Fisher space "bullet" pens for awhile until I realized that every single one of them would leak, so when I went to use it, a big linty ball of ink would splotch onto the paper. The Zebras ALWAYS work and a great bang for the buck. They're like 4 or 5 bucks for a 2-pack so it's no big shakes if you lose it.

    For a full-size pen, I love the Parker IM Rollerball. I have mine clipped to my shirt right now. Handy, smooth writer and cool lookin'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sween1911 View Post
    I loved the Fisher space "bullet" pens for awhile until I realized that every single one of them would leak, so when I went to use it, a big linty ball of ink would splotch onto the paper.
    In the last 10 years or so that I've used space pen refills, I've only known of two that would occasionally have a blob of ink at the tip when they've been sitting for a while. Is it inevitable that all of them will eventually exhibit this behavior? Is it an indicator that they're running out of ink?

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    Zebra F-301! Love it but it's unavailble in Australia I think. Bought four on my last trip 9 months ago, only one has low ink (I've only used one out of the four). Great EDC pen for university.
    That, and my Shrade tac pen always stays in my right pocket in public.

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    I have managed to avoid the pen issue for a long time now. I used to be obsessed with them when I was teaching high school.

    I used to love Rotring pens for their heft, but you really needed to replace the inks because their stock inks weren't the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatline View Post
    In the last 10 years or so that I've used space pen refills, I've only known of two that would occasionally have a blob of ink at the tip when they've been sitting for a while. Is it inevitable that all of them will eventually exhibit this behavior? Is it an indicator that they're running out of ink?

    --flatline
    Several years back, Fisher refills used to be about as smooth as writing with a piece of chalk. The company has changed the formula so that the ink flow is much smoother now. Perhaps a bit too much so. The blob issue doesn't exist with their fine-point ballpoint refills. Easiest fix is to use the Fine instead of the Medium.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    Several years back, Fisher refills used to be about as smooth as writing with a piece of chalk. The company has changed the formula so that the ink flow is much smoother now. Perhaps a bit too much so. The blob issue doesn't exist with their fine-point ballpoint refills. Easiest fix is to use the Fine instead of the Medium.
    Excellent! I only use Fine point refills, so perhaps I will be spared this behavior.

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    To answer the original question:

    I purchased several Zebra 401 pens and modified them (cut down the spring and enlarged the hole at the tip) to accommodate space pen refills. I would have preferred to do this to the Zebra 701 (I like the knurling), but there's a little rubber gasket at the tip that I can't play nicely with the space pen. Anyways, I'm am pleased with the result.

    I just recently purchased an aluminum Embassy pen from CountyComm and put a fine point black space pen refill in it. Extremely comfortable pen to write with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flatline View Post
    To answer the original question:

    I purchased several Zebra 401 pens and modified them (cut down the spring and enlarged the hole at the tip) to accommodate space pen refills. I would have preferred to do this to the Zebra 701 (I like the knurling), but there's a little rubber gasket at the tip that I can't play nicely with the space pen. Anyways, I'm am pleased with the result.

    I just recently purchased an aluminum Embassy pen from CountyComm and put a fine point black space pen refill in it. Extremely comfortable pen to write with.

    --flatline
    I know folks who have cut off a piece of that rubber gasket, and have been able to use Fisher refills in their Zebra F701.

    The details can be found at EDCforums.com

    Many CPFers have accounts there as well. Very family-friendly.
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    I carry one of those Tec Innovations Pica Pens on my keychain... I like that I can just pull it off my keychain without having to twist or press buttons... Plus it's tiny and writes well enough... As far a full sized pens, I really liked my Benchmade, but ended up selling it as I couldn't really justify carrying around a pen I paid $80 for when I barely wrote with it. I've since switched to the amazing Botach Scorpion, which at $12.95 shipped has to be the best deal out there in "self-defense" pens...

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    Several years ago I discovered vintage fountain pens and quickly fell down that rabbit hole. My favorite is a Parker 51 vac with a wonderful stub nib that I found and restored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shao.fu.tzer View Post
    I carry one of those Tec Innovations Pica Pens on my keychain... I like that I can just pull it off my keychain without having to twist or press buttons... Plus it's tiny and writes well enough... As far a full sized pens, I really liked my Benchmade, but ended up selling it as I couldn't really justify carrying around a pen I paid $80 for when I barely wrote with it. I've since switched to the amazing Botach Scorpion, which at $12.95 shipped has to be the best deal out there in "self-defense" pens...
    I also carry the pico pen. Its small size makes it easy to always have it on me, but at the same time, it's so awkward to use that I only use it as a last resort (I almost always have at least one more reasonable pen on me). I've got a red space pen refill in it so it's useful for highlighting even when I've got another pen on me. I figure when I've got another pen, I'll only use it if I need non-black/blue, but when it's my only pen and I'm desperate, I won't care what color it is.

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