Listen, I get it. You have been waiting for me to write this. I have had countless friends, Tom, Jack, David, and others, hounding me wanting to know what I think the best inexpensive pen you can buy from most office supply stores. So I’m going to tell you.
The Pentel Energel Needle Tip in .5 is my go-to pen. It is cheap enough so I don’t mind giving them away or losing one, but a great writer on any paper. Surprise, surprise my favorite feature is the almost instant drying time. #leftyproblems But it isn’t just how fast it drys. Pentel’s blue ink is one of the most vibrant I have seen (apart from some Fountain Pen inks, I’m looking at you Noodlers Baystate Blue!). I have been pleased with all of the colors I have used, Black, Blue, Red, and Green. Although I have seen some bleed through on the green with some types of paper. Pentel gives you plenty of options in style, pen tip (Classic or Needle tip), and width of the line (from .38 to 1.0). You can learn more than you care to know about them at a great blog post at JetPens.
I would also add an honorable mention to the Uni-Ball Signo RT1 .38 for my favorite micro gel pen. You can’t get this style in stores in the U.S. (sorry Tennessee). I discovered both of these and more from Brad’s Pen Addict list of Top 5 Pens. It is really the place to go if you want to start exploring some other options. The Signo RT1 gives an incredibly thin line (I write small!) and looks stylish and distinct.
So to recap. Throw out your terrible Pilot G2. I know they are everywhere but so is trash and I don’t see you picking that up and writing with it! Spend $5 on a 3 pack of the Energel pens. If you don’t love them, mail them to me! I will gladly use them.