• Nov 28, 2013

We all know what it’s like to have a favorite pen. It’s the one that feels just right in your hands. It’s the one that writes smoothly, perfectly, with near-silken words flowing out from it. And it’s the one that is unique to each and every one of us. We might prefer a certain color ink, a certain type of ink, or even a certain pen tip. And those preferences often run strong. Entire wars have been fought between fine tip and medium tip lovers!

Okay, we exaggerate. But only slightly.

As a purveyor of fine office supplies—and as a store proprietor who has an entire Pen Bar in his shop—people often wonder what Robert Grimmett’s favorite pen is.

According to Robert, the answer changes from day to day. Sometimes, it’s a distinguished fountain pen, such as Lamy’s Briar Wood pen. With a black liqueur finish and a spring-mounted clip made of solid high gloss polished stainless steel, this pen is truly exquisite. It’s not exactly an inexpensive pen either. Retailing for $195—shocking to some, completely understandable to others—it is the sort of pen that one purchases for someone who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of such a high quality writing instrument.

Other times, Robert explains, his favorite pen can be something simpler from the Pen Bar. Even a well-designed rollerball or ball point pen can do the trick. And what Robert gives his customers is the opportunity to test out all of their potential favorites right in his store.

In fact, until you’ve found that perfect pen, it’s a good idea to give a few a test run too: a ball point pen can write up to 4000-5000 miles, so you want to make sure that you have the time and space and paper to select a favorite (or two or three) before you commit to those many miles of words you’ll be writing.