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If it is your first time purchasing a pen, you may feel a little overwhelmed by all the different types of pens available in the market. Cross Singapore has a wide range of pens which are rollerball, ballpoint, fountain, multi-function, gel as well as stylus pens. These pens are designed for different purposes as the sizes and materials used for the pens can vary. There are a lot of options for you to choose from to suit your need. Scroll below to learn about how to choose a new pen.
Other than the obvious use of writing with a pen, it is also important to know what the other purposes of using the pen are. For example, if you are working at a construction site, the pen you choose is going have to withstand being dropped on the floor, kicked around, or even having to be written on uneven surfaces. On the other hand, a multi-pen is suitable for daily use so that it does not leak everywhere and is sturdy. For those who write a lot, than a good pen would be those that allows you to write quickly. Moreover, it should be lightweight and have an ergonomic shape so that hand cramps can be avoided.
With the many choices of pens available in the market, it can be slightly overwhelming to choose one for him or her. The chunky and weighted pens are more suitable for men as it feels more comfortable to hold in a larger hand. As for women, they tend to prefer pens with feminine lines as they have smaller hands. If you are choosing pens for children, the best option would be those made with an ergonomic shape so that it will help correct their writing posture as well as avoid the hand from cramping up.
It is not uncommon to take a liking for a pen based on the aesthetics. Nonetheless, you can still look at the overall shape and the model of the pen. Also, you may look for other available colours.
Type of pens
Generally, there are a few main types of pens that are categorized by the types of ink and the delivery system. The most common types of pens are fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and rollerball pens. Fountain pens utilise a water-based ink that is contained in the reservoir of the pen and then dispenses through a nib. The ink reservoir typically takes the form of a disposable ink cartridges or a piston converter that are used with bottle inks. The features of fountain pens are that it delivers smoother writing, required little to no pressure to write and improved handwriting.
Other than that, ballpoint pen dispenses a thick oil-based ink for the tip with its small sphere through a rolling action. When it comes in contact with paper, the ink instantly dries and prevents any smudges. They are very convenient to use but requires more writing pressure on paper and is not so suitable to be used particularly if you are writing for a long time.
Instead of oil-based ink, rollerball pens utilises water-based liquid ink or gel ink. Combining the smooth ink flow of a fountain pen and the convenience of a ballpoint pen, the rollerball pen requires less pressure to write. Furthermore, the ink is also brightly coloured and takes a while to dry, so it is more likely to smudge if you are left-handed. Thus, a cap is required to avoid the liquid ink from drying out.
Weight & Size
The best way to test the weight of the pen is to hold it in your hand. If it feels heavier than the pen you are used to working with, do consider another model. If you are purchasing online, it is advisable to read the description of the product first. Go with pens that are made of lightweight materials such as resin or plastic. It would be also beneficial if it has a soft grip. However, if the pen was meant to be bought as a gift, it would be advisable to consider heavier and larger pens as it is an indication of a more feel.
Inks & Refiils
The best place to you can find inks and refills is to source online as you can choose any ink colours available. This is because; the local stationery shops generally carry blue or black ink colours. There are certain pens that may be used with comparable refills. As for fountain pens, consider whether you prefer to use disposable ink cartridges or a converter.
Do check out Cross paper products so that you can test out your writing instrument.