Pen Junkie

I am a pen junkie.  Actually, it’s much bigger than that.  I’m a stationery/office supply/anything to do with paper/writing junkie.  In high school I aspired to become an administrative assistant because they got to file, organize, fill out forms, type, staple, 3-hole punch…well, you get the picture.  And when I was even younger, my cousin and I would play office all summer long.  Some people played doctor…I played office.  Unlike other kids, I loved the “Back to School” season because it meant new notebooks, pens, pencils and pencil cases.  While other girls were coveting the newest fashions and proclaiming nothing came between them and their Calvin’s, I was busy checking out the latest models of Parkers, Bics and Paper Mates.

Today I have more pens than I can possibly use in this lifetime.  The number of journals I have is staggering – most of which are empty vessels waiting for their turn to hold some great secret or “The Next Best Novel”.  If you were to look in my desk drawer you’d find countless clips, push pins, post-it notes and thingamafloggies all neatly organized.  I don’t use half the stuff, but I like to look at them and organize them.  Sometimes it’s by color and sometimes it’s by type.  Sick, I know.  Places like Office Depot, Staples, and Office Max are some of my favorite places to shop.  I can easily waste away an hour just browsing the isles.  My newest favorite find is the on-line store JetPens.  I’ve spent so much money there in the past 3 months that I should own stock!  Seriously.

Now that you have the back story on my obsession with all things stationery , I thought I’d review some of my favorite things over the next few blog entries.  I’ll start of with pens.  Why pens?  Because without them the rest are rather useless.  What would be the point of stapling together blank pages, or sticking blank post-its all over the place??  Hang on, there’s actually a valid use for blank post-its.

But I digress.

Right now, one of my favorite pens is the Uni-Ball Signo Bit 0.18 (in blue).  This pen touts itself as the world’s thinnest gel pen.  So thin, in fact, that you can write legibly on a grain of rice.  I’m not sure why anyone would need to write on a grain of rice, but lets face it – that’s just crazy cool.  It’s why I love this pen so much.  It’s got that bad-ass factor.  When I first started writing with the pen I felt like I was going to tear through the paper.  The tip is that fine/sharp.  But after adjusting the pen angle just a bit, I found it was easier to write.  The only drawback I’ve found is that it’s a bit “scratchy” when I write, which makes for a noisy pen.  But I don’t really care, people.  The pen can write on a piece of rice!  I mean, come on!  What’s cooler than that??

Written on greenroom eco recycled paper.

11 Comments on Pen Junkie

  1. dowdyism
    December 5, 2008 at 11:19 am (9 years ago)

    Always great to see another pen addict!

  2. Pax
    December 5, 2008 at 11:51 am (9 years ago)

    I agree with you. Pens are AWESOME. I’m looking forward to your next article, mainly because I know what the subject is.


  3. Pax
    December 5, 2008 at 11:52 am (9 years ago)

    OH! I forgot…..


    ….and the second, I guess.

  4. debiwils
    December 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm (9 years ago)

    @dowdyism: Thanks! Love your site, btw.

    @Pax…another head-fake. You were the second and third. Somehow my settings to allow comments are goofy and I had to go in and approve them all.

  5. chris
    December 6, 2008 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago)

    holy shit, can we be friends?? i swear to god, i use a laptop and do all my research for my thesis online, so it’s really quite pointless… but i spend hours a day on pen websites. literally hours.

  6. Office Supply Geek
    December 6, 2008 at 1:09 pm (9 years ago)

    Great pens, I love to use them for when I need to make an addition to notes I’ve already taken or if I need to make a comment on a document someone has given me. These pens give me the ability to write in the smallest of spaces when previously I had to draw lines and arrows all over the place.

    Great blog btw.

  7. debiwils
    December 6, 2008 at 1:35 pm (9 years ago)

    @chris: LOL! It’s crazy, isn’t it? And I love that I can look at this stuff ‘legitimately’ while at work. For all anyone knows, I’m looking for office supplies!

    @Office Supply Geek: I now feel the need to go back and take notes on my notes just so I can use this pen. Great idea! =)

  8. Barb
    December 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm (9 years ago)

    Aaahhhh, I’m not alone in the world!! I have an obsession with office supplies! Nice to know I can discuss with other like-minded people.

  9. debiwils
    December 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm (9 years ago)

    @Barb: There ought to be a society for people like us! =)

  10. Ruby
    December 15, 2008 at 6:37 am (9 years ago)

    A meeting of kindred spirits! Keep up with the blog!

  11. debiwils
    December 17, 2008 at 9:18 pm (9 years ago)

    Well I was all set to put up the new article but I got side-tracked. Got a new iMac and I’ve been playing around with getting all my programs, etc. So…that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it! =)~

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