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What’s your favorite smooth writing pen?

I have liked Pilot’s Precise V7 for the past 20 years, but the latest batch I bought seems to have irregular ink flow. A couple times a day, the normally-smooth ink dries up a bit and needs to be coaxed out, looking like this. I have a pretty light touch when I write, and when the V7 works it’s the best thing ever. These dry spells are bumming me out, though. Has quality control on these dipped recently? Is there another kind of ballpoint pen with the combination of smooth ink flow and a fat line I like? I lose pens on the regular, so I’m looking for something that I can buy in bunches and keep around.
posted by migurski on Jan 6, 2016 - 24 answers

How to record and have my notes transcribe?

Hi Hive Mind: I would like to record in- person meetings and phone meetings and have these recordings transcribed. How should I go about this? I know that there is a google talk and type function and dragon speak naturally, but how do I go about doing this? If there a small device that I could record on and then plug into the computer via USB and have my recording transcribed? I am looking for simple and easy here. Basically I would like a small slim recorder that is discreet. I would like to tape work meetings and then have the capability to have these meetings transcribed. Also, how can I do this if my meeting is on the phone? Thanks in advance! I am having a difficult time capturing all that transpireS in meeting and feel my notes are woefully lacking. I do have the livescribe pen, though I know it does not do what I am asking, maybe there are other ‘smart’ pens out there.
posted by TRUELOTUS on Dec 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Best slim fountain pen?

I love my Jotter, but I'm looking for something similar in a fountain pen. My number 1 priority is slimness - I hate fat pens - but I would also like to avoid cheap-feeling plastic. What are my options for under $50? Should I stick with Parker? Is the Cross Classic worthy of my grasp? What's the best non-bulky fountain pen you've used?
posted by Think_Long on Sep 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Left-handed handwriting worthy of these nice pens

Over the years, I've acquired a handful of very nice fountain pens, which I love to use. They are inspiring me to take a crack at improving my handwriting, which has never looked good or been particularly legible. I am left-handed, and I loathe Palmer script (cursive) with a fiery passion thanks to some awful shaming I received about my handwriting as a child. What are some good resources for a southpaw to improve his handwriting that don't involve the kind of cursive I was (not) taught as a child? Books, videos, websites are all welcome.
posted by gauche on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 answers

I need more of this pen!

This pen was anonymously left on my desk at my job a few months ago, and I need more of this pen in my life. [more inside]
posted by ltisz on Apr 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Good rollerball pens available?

What good rollerball pens are out there that produce a good line and are NOT the now-sucky Pilot Precise V7? See extended explanation for more on what I'm looking for in a pen and why the Precise V7 now sucks. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Dec 26, 2014 - 27 answers

Add a new Bamboo pen to Splash Wacom Tablet

I have a Bamboo Splash Wacom Tablet CTL571 running on Mac OS 10.6.8. I lost my pen and bought another pen, the Bamboo LP170ES which supposedly works with Splash. I reinstalled everything but the pen does not work. Is this a simple case that I got an incompatible pen? I know it is not the one that originally came with the Splash but the research I did do said it was compatible. I evend downloaded the legacy driver from Wacom for Splash to be safe, though I installed everything first (including ArtRage and Sketchbook Pro). I am off to work now but will monitor any wise input and take a crack at this later. Any thoughts appreciated.
posted by chicaboom on Nov 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Attaching a small pen to a small notebook.

I have a smallish pocket notebook (3.5x6), and a Lamy Pico ballpoint pen. I'd like to devise a way to attach the pen to the notebook. Help? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Nov 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Making a stylus from the bamboo in my yard is probably not going to work

I have a Bamboo tablet from a few years ago that Wacom no longer makes. I lost the stylus. Perhaps my google-fu is failing me, but it seems that a stylus that will work this is very hard to find. And when I can find it, it's $30 - and for not much more I can just get a used version of a newer pen/tablet but I don't want to buy a new one yet. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Translation of Chinese pen

I recently got an old fountain pen marked in Chinese. Please help translate the pen. Links to photos and more information below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ardgedee on Jun 3, 2014 - 3 answers

Sustainable ink pen solution for a lefty

Can you please give me advice, or share recommendations, about non-disposable, easy writing pens for a left-handed writer? Not ballpoint, and need free-flowing ink. I have tried various gel, ball-point, fountain, and dip pens, and I prefer a sustainable solution. [more inside]
posted by cupcakeninja on May 16, 2014 - 22 answers

What Android/Windows tablet should I buy for academic use?

What Android or Windows 8 pen-equipped tablet should I buy for reading scientific papers, writing scientific papers, and taking notes? (Or is the app selection for the iPad sufficiently amazing that I should let it override my distaste for Apple's walled garden and the iPad's lack of an active digitizer stylus?) [more inside]
posted by fermion on Jan 20, 2014 - 21 answers

What's the best pen to get?

I'm looking for a refillable ink pen that I can use for years to come. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for refills for my pens, from korea .38mm, Hello Kitty

So I LOVE my Hello Kitty pens. They are super fine and .38mm, I know that there has to be somewhere online where I can buy refills- I have gone to morningglory, and jetpens. No luck. thanks. I hate to keep buying new pens when I can get ink refills.
posted by TRUELOTUS on Dec 9, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me find this pen!

I received a pen from one of the attorneys in my office. It's awesome and I want more, but I don't know what kind it is! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Dec 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Spies Like USB

I won a camera pen similar to this one. I don't have any meetings I need to spy on. Is there anything interesting or useful I can do with it?
posted by Jakey on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Need Pens in Sydney - Help (Wedding Invite Disaster Version)

Where can I buy pens in Sydney, and/or who has a wide variety of pens (gel pens, paint pens, that sort of thing)? I am working on my sister's wedding invitations and am rather pressed for time... I am especially interested in the Sakura Souffle pens, if you know of anyone who carries them. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Dec 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Cheap, Chew proof, Non-toxic, hard surface for a puppy's pen

Husband & I are getting a puppy soon. Since we spend most of our time in our study, we were going to purchase this pen to keep in our study along with his crate. Unfortunately, our study is carpeted. So we need something we can cover a section of the carpet with, help us find it! [more inside]
posted by long haired child on Nov 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Ink pen recommendations?

I'd like to replace the cupfulls of random stolen ballpoint pens in my house and at work with a smaller selection of nice pens, of the blue and red ink variety. I have an art store and the usual big box retail suspects nearby. What should I purchase? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 25, 2013 - 40 answers

Advice for fountain pen n00b - smoothest-writing FP sub-$50?

I want to buy a fountain pen. A fountain pen that writes really smoothly. [more inside]
posted by skwt on Apr 27, 2013 - 28 answers

Pen+Sheets+Dryer=Laundry Fail (hope me?)

I just opened the dryer to find that my sheets (really nice, formerly tan/beige) are covered in blue pen marks. I also can see pen marks all over the dryer. I found the pen (it apparently was smuggled in by my cats, who necessitated the whole problem by throwing up on my duvet) tucked into a corner of the duvet. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Apr 17, 2013 - 23 answers

Pen cursor jumping in Intuos5

Wondering if anyone else who uses the Wacom Intuos5 drawing tablet knows how to deal with this problem. My Intuos3, which I loved, had a big dead space in the middle of the drawing pad because I used a cleaner on it that messed it up. Two new versions had been released since I bought it, so I figured it was time to get the latest and greatest. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Feb 2, 2013 - 4 answers

My pen needs ink

Where can I find a ballpoint pen refill to replace this one? I can find short refills, and twist refills, but not short twist refills. [more inside]
posted by ckape on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

pocket pen!

Looking for a sustainable pocket pen solution (for a girl)!-- I need suggests/recommendations/ideas for a pocket pen that is thin in diameter and short. It needs to either be extremely cheap and easily replaceable, or easily refillable (fountain pen ink, pencil lead, or non-proprietary refills). I would ideally like to carry this in my pants pocket, and will probably carry it all the time. I can't spend more than 20 dollars on this, and really, less than 10 is even better. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Oct 10, 2012 - 24 answers

Please help me find this pen.

I am searching for a ballpoint pen - Papermate Pendulum. Can anyone help me find some? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Copyright Permission Question

YANML, but can I still remain anonymous while seeking Copyright permission from my sources? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 7 answers

When did these pens come from?

Cleaning out the supply cabinet at work and I come across a box of dried up old pens. They look sufficiently old enough to be interesting. When might these pens have been made? Are they gel or standard ink? [more inside]
posted by deezil on Jan 25, 2012 - 8 answers

I want to colour big pictures again

Childhood memory filter: as a kid in the early 80's we would get these fantastic posters to colour in. Each poster came in a cardboard tube with a unique set of felt tip pens to colour it. Where can I find these now? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Oct 14, 2011 - 11 answers

Mont Blanc capped pen hacks?

I love the idea of using Mont Blanc ink in pilot G2's, but I prefer pens with caps. Do any capped pens work with this wonderful trick?
posted by Strass on Oct 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Help me find my favorite pen?

Help me identify and find this writing pen I remember. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 7, 2011 - 9 answers

The pen is not mightier than a two year old.

Ever heard of a Leap Pad? We have a few that we picked up at garage sales and such. The pen no longer works. How can we fix this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Pen shiny. Me like.

Where can I get fluorescent green translucent polypropylene suitable for injection-molding a case with a living hinge? Failing that, what is the industry term for this luminescent/fluorescent effect? [more inside]
posted by designbot on Aug 19, 2011 - 4 answers

How to track down this particular highlighter?

I got a brand-less highlighter some time ago at a trade show booth, and it's the perfect highlighter, but it's running out and I would like to replace it. However, I've only found it where it seems you have to order by the thousands. [more inside]
posted by elif on Jul 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Refill cartridge for thrifted pen: "PIC non-dry refill ceramic"?

Refill cartridge for thrifted pen: "PIC non-dry refill ceramic"? [more inside]
posted by LKWorking on Jul 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Mystery Pen Inscription

What is this language or cipher found on a pen, and what does it say? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jun 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there an opaque white pen?

Is there a truly opaque white (or bright colored) pen or marker? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Jun 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Smooth Writer

Looking for a great pen. Something that writes very smoothly, (as in low friction to paper) with consistent ink flow, which won't stain the outside of one's pinky. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d on Apr 2, 2011 - 30 answers

Pen for someone with developmental dyspraxia

Could someone recommend me a pen? I have developmental dyspraxia which means my hand aches after a short period of time. I also have poor hand writing.
posted by nam3d on Mar 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Looking for a pen to draw Tarot cards

I have this blank deck of Tarot cards and I need a black, ultrafine felt tip pen to draw on them...recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Toad on Jan 25, 2011 - 11 answers

FoldzFlat replacement

I've long wowed friends by pulling my amazing FoldzFlat pen out of my wallet. But it just ran out of ink. Now that the cheap plastic ones have been discontinued, I don't want to pony up $25 for a metal one that's not even refillable. Is there an alternative? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Sep 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Cake Decorating Help Needed!

I want to make something special for my mother's upcoming birthday. I've been looking around and I got inspired to make a cake with rad decorations on it. I've got a few questions tough, namely regarding icing, and I'd love some pointers. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Aug 15, 2010 - 6 answers

It's a series of (really poorly labeled) tubes. . .

Biomed folks! Please give me your tips, tricks and tools for writing legibly on Eppendorf tubes! [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Aug 5, 2010 - 17 answers

I need a pen that will change my life!

I'm looking for a good pen that I can use for sketching/rendering/etc. The main requirements: ~1mm thickness and it has to play nice with watercolors. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by cvp on Jun 23, 2010 - 7 answers

Got a pen?

Looking for the MOST comfortable pen I can buy! [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jun 1, 2010 - 22 answers

Can a pen name protect me from legal repercussions in writing a personal nonfiction book based on previous petty crimes?

Can a pen name protect me from legal repercussions in writing a personal nonfiction book based on previous petty crimes? [more inside]
posted by kleenkat on Apr 7, 2010 - 8 answers

I need some information on marking up documents on my computer

I need some information on marking up documents on my computer [more inside]
posted by abbat on Mar 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Thin pencil anyone?

I'm looking for a 'thin' pencil... [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Dec 15, 2009 - 4 answers

White pen for marking photographs?

Is there such a thing as a white pen that can be used to write on a photograph? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Dec 4, 2009 - 7 answers

I quit my "pen pal"--do I need to explain why?

I feel weird about dropping my foreign pen-pal-but not weird enough to want to change anything. Am I too cruel? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 11, 2009 - 11 answers

Pencil-like pen, please?

Are there any pens that write like a pencil? [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Nov 5, 2009 - 16 answers

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