questionswhat is your favorite writing utensil?

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This was not handed to me at a restaurant, but I love it. It is my gold and blue Waterman. It is a marvelous pen, I use it for everything.

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chisel....even a caveman could do it. On a serious note, Zebra F-301. Most stolen pen. Usually buy in bulk at Sams__.

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At work every time someone gets a new pen, we all have to try it out as we are all pens freaks. The current favorite in the shop is a Pilot G-2 07 (it writes very smoothly and does not cost a fortune). But I have found the Uni-ball Jetstream and will not let it out of my sight because someone will appropriate it.

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@catbertthegreat: I'm with you. My favorite is a Waterman fountain pen.

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I do not EVER use a pen that a waiter might hand me. I prefer my own pens. Waiters usually have pens they can lose, not pens I would want. I have so many pens that have been given to me by vendors, and I think I favor them differently, depending on the day. Currently I'm using a nice one from iDefense, but I have an excellent pen from Cisco, and one from IEEE.

I don't write much in any case.

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I might ask what the point is of your asking this, however. Identify yourself, please. We would prefer to talk to a person. You don't have to give a name, but details would be nice. You know, male/female, approximate age, what it is that you like or don't like...

[Edit] Uniball? Bic? Are you serious? What person in their right mind would steal such garbage?

I do confess a fondness for Cross. I've been given several sets, and having a matching letter opener pleases me somehow.

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@catbertthegreat: I have had a Waterman quill pen. Lovely piece of work. I liked signing things with it very much. I haven't seen it in a few years, but I'm sure it'll turn up soon enough.

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Zebra F-301 Ultra. It writes like heaven. I first found it in a neuro lab I used to work in. I bought a giant pack a while ago, and still love them.

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@wootfast: Why do you want to post this as a challenge? Usually a challenge is issued by someone who is having difficulty in finding a thing. Somehow this seems a perversion of it.

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Can't say I've test written very many. My favorite is a Cross pen I've had for 20 years or so. It's a personalized Classic Century - Medalist pen.

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Interesting that a staff member had time to ask a question but not delete the spam.

I don't really use many pens. But I have a special pen that I got for a gift from from a friend. It is pink and sparkly. I don't like using generic pens that someone else has touched.

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Looks like wootfast just got hired, lets give them a chance. Perhaps he/she will be "write" on it. Woot's looking to hire more developers, buyers, deal hunters and Member Service Rep's (which has an interesting job description) according to Work for Woot.

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@theoneill555: Definitely like this pen! Only drawback is the drying time when used to write on glossy card stock. I hoard these babies and used to be the only pens I'd use at work.
Any one ever use Fahrney's? http://www.fahrneyspens.com/ Used to frequent Fahrney's when we were stationed in DC. Lovely, lovely writing implements.

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@shrdlu: So they give you pens you won't steal. Pretty smart of them, I say.

As for my favorite writing utensil, I go with the crayon. Sepia.

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It depends on what you will be using it for. For instance my husband has to fill in a lot of tiny blanks on forms at work and he requires a very fine tip, with ink that will not run or smudge, (his favorite pen for that work is TUL). But he doesn't use these at home and I, (the pen freak in our household), hate them. I keep a PILOT G2 07 in my purse. It writes quite nicely and is useful in most situations - Don't sign a birthday card with it unless you have quite a while for it to dry....

BUT my FAVORITE pen is a nice metal pen that I got from a drug rep quite a few years back... It happens to be flesh colored and says VIAGRA on the side. It cracks me up when people notice it. :)

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favorite writing utensil? A pen
....Has this happened to you? Not at restaurants but the bank yes.
What kind of pen was it? Uni-ball? Bic? Sharpie? I have no clue.

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@nimblewalrus: One would say that, rather than being concerned about whether customers would take pens, that they simply use something that they can buy in bulk. I don't normally frequent restaurants with the kind of profit margin where they would be concerned about the loss of a pen in any case.

I do agree with your crayon choice as a good alternative, but would have to say that I prefer Magenta, or perhaps Chartreuse (I also adore Peridot, the gem, obviously).

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@catbertthegreat: I have that same pen. It is the best.

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@gmartell: Yes on the just got hired, BUT, one doubts that the posting was a sudden inspiration on his (or her) part alone. I've become VERY cynical after this weekend, thanks.

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@lavikinga: Yes, I agree with you, drying time on the gel pens really draw a vacuum!

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I am SO not a pen snob. I prefer an affordable pen that won't cause a coronary if I lose it or someone permanently borrows it. I do have a few requirements for the pens I choose to use: A very clean, very fine line, retractable, light-weight with just the slightest of "heft." Have been using the Zebra F-301 for quite awhile and really, really like it.

Edit: [I HATE gel pens because they're usually messy, take forever to dry, and the line is too thick. My kids love gel pens. A generational thing?]

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@debbiedunlap: I have a bunch of gel pens. The cool thing with them is that you can lay embossing powder over the ink before it dries.

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@catbertthegreat: Ahhhh! I can see that appeal for that special purpose, and may actually try that out on some cards. Thanks for the tip.

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@nimblewalrus: teal. forever teal. Oh cool! For a very brief moment, I smellmembered crayons.

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@debbiedunlap: Yes, they can be messy, but the G2s in the 0.7 are finer than most. I swear my penmanship improves by using that pen. It just flows so smoothly across the page.

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And the winner is PILOT G2 07! Thank you to everybody for unofficially playing 'What Pen Do I Need To Buy Because My Office Max Pen Ran Out Of Ink The Other Day And Embarrassed Me...Game'
Also for the record I do not condone stealing of writing instruments from our wonderful waiters and waitresses who have complete control over the wonderful untainted food I hope to eat for lunch and/or dinner (both).