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    One Too Many Joel Shapiro's Avatar
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    Classic ballpoint pens for everyday use

    I'm looking around for a nice classic ballpoint pen to use on a daily basis. I know about the Montblanc but can't stomach the price. Are there any other recommendations out there? I'm looking for something currently in production but with a long pedigree. Thanks.

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    "A List" Customer J.W.'s Avatar
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    Pakers come to mind. And to me, the steel Lamys are a classic, too.

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    Incurably Addicted Edward's Avatar
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    Hard to beat the Parker Jotter for both quality and price if it's a ballpoint you want.
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    One Too Many Joel Shapiro's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward View Post
    Hard to beat the Parker Jotter for both quality and price if it's a ballpoint you want.
    Thanks -- you just saved me $341.50!

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    One of the Regulars Chaps's Avatar
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    Check out Retro51 pens.

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    Cross still makes very good BPs. Also, Pelikan produces BPs, and if they are anywhere close to their Fountain Pens in quality they will be superb.

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    I have used Parker jotters for probably 40 years, along with Cross and both are excellent. I like the larger capacity of the Parker refill and the way I work using a pen in and out of pocket constantly, the click mechanism is prefered. I have never had a Parker click pin fail.

    Recently wanting something a little more classy I have picked a Pelikan and a Platinum 3776 model, bot nice but think I prefer the Pelikan.

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    I recently purchased a new stainless steel Parker Jotter pen and mechanical pencil set.

    FUN FACT: Parker pens used to be made not too far from where I live. I believe my new Jotter was made in France.

    The pencil accepts a .5mm lead; my old Jotter pencil used a much thicker 1mm lead. This means finer lines without the lead coming free of the clasping mechanism.

    Parker no longer makes the extra-fine ink cartridge. I had been using OHTO PS-205NP Suki (extra-fine) .5mm G2 ('Parker-style') ballpoint pen refill. It is not in production in Japan; currently the only stock of this particular model of cartridge is in very limited quantities in the UK.

    I settled for Monteverde P11 Soft Roll Extra-Fine Ballpoint Refill. Not as good as OHTO but better than the broad-tipped Parker cartridge which is standard equipment. Being left-handed, I feel the Monteverde scratches across even quality papers and has a tendency to very slightly blotch every so often. The ink dries fairly quickly so there are few smudges as my hand goes over that which I have just written.

    For a cheap thrills, I recommend Sakura Pigma Micron 005 .2mm Needle-Tip. Somewhere between a graphic drawing and a technical pen. Very precise. And I look forward to receiving a Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen for formal notes and my signature.
    Last edited by Veronica T; 05-20-2014 at 09:57 AM.

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    To this day I swear by Parker. It's been around for ages, and I have a Parker Vector (both ballpen and rollerball).
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    Look on the Bay for Vintage Pelikan striated ballpoints.
    I have matching ones for my Pelikan Tortoise 400.
    They can be had for about $75. Very elegant looking.

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