Tips on choosing the right pen

Tips on choosing the right pen

It’s easy to quickly dismiss pens as being simple and all the same. But there are actually many different kinds of pens that serve a wide variety of purposes and preferences. There are lots of factors to consider when choosing a new writing instrument, such as color, grip type, special inks, and pocket clip types. Beyond the basics, having the right pen for the job can even have a surprising impact on your productivity, creativity, and bottom line.

1. Learn about Different Pen Types

The first logical step to making any good decision is to consider all the possibilities and educate yourself. There are many different kinds of pens on the market today, but we’re going to focus on the three most popular types for office use.

Tips on choosing the right pen

Ballpoint pens use thick, permanent, non-water based ink that does not thin while you write. Ballpoint pens use a small rotating ball made of brass, steel, or tungsten carbide to dispense the ink as you write. Standard ballpoint pens come in fine, medium, and bold options depending upon the desired thickness of your line.

Roller ball pens use water-based ink that takes very little effort to get flowing, allowing for a smooth write. These pens utilize the same type of ball as a ballpoint pen, but because the ink is much thinner, it floods the ball and “drags” a pool of ink across the paper as you write. The smaller the point size of your pen, the less ink there is to drag, thus producing a finer line. Roller ball pen ink is usually not permanent. Like ballpoint pens, you can choose the desired thickness of your lines with roller ball pens.

Gel pens use water-based ink with a viscosity or “thickness” that can fluctuate (not the thickness of the line, necessarily, but the thickness of the liquid ink itself). When a gel pen is not being use, the ink tends to have a higher viscosity, or thicker ink. When the ball starts to rotate, the ink thins down and is “dragged” in a similar manner as roller ball ink. Micro, medium, and bold are the standard terms used to describe the line thickness of gel pens.

2. Pick the Right Pen for the Job

Now that you understand the most common types of pens for office use, it’s time to really think about what you will using the new pen for on a regular basis. Remember, the most expertly crafted pen in the world won’t get the job done if it’s not suited for what you need.

How will you put your new pen to use?

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