Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Rant #32: Writing Instruments: Just Put the Pen to the Paper
I am a writer, so an essential tool that I use is a pen.
There are many different types of pens, but I prefer your usual, run of the mill ball-point pen. As long as it writes, I am happy. When it is empty, I get rid of it, and move onto the next pen.
I know that pen companies need to sell their product, but some of the newest "features" to pens--like cushions, wide bodies, different types of inks, and the like--kind of throw me for a loop.
Who needs all of these features--don't we just want to have a pen that writes?
Purchasing a pen is not like purchasing a car, although the pen companies want you to believe that one is akin to the other.
Personally, I just want a pen that writes.
BIC pens--France's greatest contribution to the modern world, as far as I am concerned--are the perfect types of pens for the jobs that I use them for.
Pen companies I guess must make pens more than they really are. People admit to be car salesmen, but have you ever heard of anyone who admits to being a pen salesman?
Pens should be disposable and not too thought provoking. Heck, the local bank here gives out pens for free. I don't see car dealers doing the same.
Again, just give me a pen that writes. Once it is done doing its job, it goes in the waste basket, and the next victim finds my hand.
And don't get me started on all the different types of pencils out there ...
Posted by Larry at 5:09 AM