3.12.2010

Making Life Easier, Prettier, and Better

Sprittibee posted about things that make her life Easier, Prettier, and Better and she invited others to join in the fun. Ironically, I was already planning a post about one of the little things in life that make me ever so happy.

Fine point pens.

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I mean TRUE fine point pens, not what is currently touted as such in office supply stores. (Note to Bic, Pilot, Pentel, Shaffer, and whoever else participates in this charade - 0.7mm and 0.8mm or, gasp, 1.0mm tip pens are NOT fine. Stop calling them fine. Cause it's a lie.)

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Until recent years, the standard has been 0.5mm was fine, 0.7mm was medium, 1.0mm was bold, and if you could find them, 0.38mm was extra or ultra fine. Along the way, thicker pen tips have been added. 1.2mm, 1.3mm, 1.5mm, whatever. And that's just fine. Call them bold. Call them extra bold. Even ultra bold. But don't lie to us and claim that 0.7mm or 1.0mm is fine.

You may be wondering why I care what they call the tips of pens. Or you may be clicking away, thinking I'm off the deep end here. Regardless, it's not what they call the pen that matters. It's that when 0.7mm or larger becomes fine, they stop carrying anything smaller. That means it's difficult to find 0.5mm and almost impossible to find 0.38mm.

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However, I'm ever so happy to say that I discovered Jet Pens and they are awesome!! They carry a wonderful assortment of pens, including the coveted 0.38mm pens, and lots of 'em.

Side note: when you can find 0.38mm pens, even 0.5mm, they're usually only in black ink. Maybe blue. Definitely no fun and groovy colors. Because apparently pen manufacturers have been duped into believing that only boring people like fine points. Nothing could be further from the truth.

As I was saying, Jet Pens is super cool because they carry fine tip pens AND they carry them in excellently fantastic colors! Like Lavender Black, Light Blue, and Blue Black, to name a few. AND you can order just one of a pen, meaning you're not tied into an assortment package that may have pens you don't really want so much. You get to pick and choose. AND you get free shipping if your order is over $25. If you're a penholic like me (and other family & friends), it's pretty easy to get that order together. AND they're fast. I placed the order on Friday night and had my pens the following Thursday afternoon.

Oh yes, the theme of all this - making life Easier, Prettier, and Better.

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Easier - because I write with great ease when using a 0.38mm pen

Prettier - because I can write much prettier when using a 0.38mm pen

Better - because I am much happier when I'm using a 0.38mm pen


Obsessed? Perhaps. But definitely, easier, prettier, and better.

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Yes, there are other things that make my life easier, prettier, and better. Maybe I'll share those another day.


10 comments:

Beth said...

I had an (American) friend in Korea that was just as um, INto, pens as you. :) I always knew what to get her.

Anonymous said...

You are SO right...I hate that it's so hard to find REAL fine point pens and none of the fun ones are ever in the stores in FINE anymore! Thanks for letting me share in the order of these pens!
mom

Suzanne said...

Just another obsession I share with you, sister! Great pictures.

Tracy said...

So true! I LOVE a good ( NON- spilling and smearing) pen!!!

Melissa Stover said...

i love pens too.

Molytail said...

I totally agree with you! I write my best with a FINE tip pen ~ and they are, indeed, getting harder and harder to find.

The dB family said...

I think I have these, but I have them in -- I hate to say it -- black. Sooo boring I know :S!

Blessings!
Deborah

carrie said...

I love that you know the numbers to all the pens. And that you are kind of a pen nazi. That just makes me trust you all the more.

Carmi said...

The writer in me has always been somewhat retentive about pens. The finer the better. Sadly, market trends have been working against us in recent years. I guess it's yet another sign of the shift toward technology: Penmanship is an increasingly lost art.

I'll look for these pens next time I'm at the Staples/Office Depot. I need to reload...my wife's Bics are driving me insane :)

Annie said...

Here I thought I was the only one so, dare I say it, "obsessed" with pens tips. I've been noticing the trend of fine points not being truly fine anymore. That is so frustrating for me!!

I can't wait to get my hands on some of these pens!!

:-D Thanks for sharing!!

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