The Pen Predicament

12 Aug

I have a problem that I inherited from my mother: I am addicted to writing utensils. It sounds absurd, but it’s very, very true. Not too long ago, I had an entire conversation with my mother about Pilot G2 pens. No joke. I was excited because I found 0.38 mm G2 pens and they write so much prettier than the 0.5 mm that I normally use. (I only use 0.7 in the event I can’t find my other pens.)

Given this affliction, I got really excited when I saw Sharpie Liquid Pencils. The concept of an erasable pen isn’t new. I know. I was required to have erasable pens in grade school. But it’s shiny and new! Plus, the packaging says several appealing things:

“Smooth like a pen, erases like a pencil” — When taking notes in class, I write faster than I think. I make oodles of mistakes and when it comes time to re-read those notes it’s a pain to read around the scribbles. Why not use correction fluid/tape? Because that’s even worse. If I make mistakes on top of mistakes, I get a massive lump of correction tape/fluid on my notes.

“…eliminates broken leads” — This is a major problem with me and mechanical pencils. This and squeaky lead.

“No. 2 lead equivalent” — I’m in college and Scantrons happen.

“Becomes permanent on paper after about 24 hours” — I’m hoping this means I don’t have to outline my occasional comics.

Here it is:

Pros: erases well, good for note taking, doesn't smear. Cons: writes like a sh*tty hotel pen, not good for drawing, takes effort to get started.

I don’t hate it. It’s just not what I expected. I’ll most certainly use these for class, but I guess I’ll have to stick to outlining, which isn’t too painful. Another pro? It’ll be great for blue book exams.



One Response to “The Pen Predicament”

  1. Note Booker, Esq. 08/14/2010 at 9:50 am #

    Sounds absurd? Not at all!

    And “sh*tty hotel pen” is one of the best descriptions I’ve ever read. Everyone can relate to it!

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