There are so many different kinds of pens out there. Most people find themselves on the never ending hunt for the perfect pen.
Take this pen for example.
It came with this notebook.
Therefore, I feel some sort of moral obligation to make sure it stays attached to this book. It has a kraft paper covering, and it certainly is stout enough to hold onto, but I find the length a little too short, giving it an odd center of gravity. A pen's center of gravity determines how small or large I write. I am not a fan of small writing, but handwriting that is too large tends to make its author appear a little bit juvenile - in my humble opinion.
Other things to consider when choosing the perfect pen are color, fineness of point, smoothness of ink flow and roller vs. felt-tip. (We shall leave fountain pens out of this discussion as those who prefer them seem a bit too sophisticated for this discussion. ☺)
When I pick up most pens, I generally assume they have black ink espcially since I teach school, and all records must be completed in black ink. This is why it is always a shock, as it was with this pen, to find a color other than black. Most colored pens warn you with a similarly colored lid, "Hey, I'm red, or blue or even green!" Not this pen. It was running around completely incognito with its black plastic ends and brown kraft paper wrapping, waiting for some unsuspecting victim to pick it up to complete an official "NO WHITE OUT" document only to find out IT'S NOT BLACK - IT'S BLUE!!!
So beware fellow scribes. That pen you are about to pick up may be a wolf in sheep's clothing, bleating away, "I'm BLA-A-A-ACK, I'm BLA-A-A-ACK,' only to have you pick it up and hear it howl, "I'm BLU-U-U-UE."