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How Popular Are Your Opinions On Pens?

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I really like pens, so I decided to create a space for others who appreciate pens to discuss/debate which one is the very best.

Three things to note before we get started: 1) I am extremely biased toward gel pens, clickable pens, and pens with tips that are 0.5 mm and under. 2) I couldn't include every pen I've ever tried on this list, so if your favorite isn't here, don't come for my credentials, nerds. 3) To anyone who says they don't care what pen they use: GO AWAY, THE ADULTS ARE TALKING.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

Three things to note before we get started:

1) I am extremely biased toward gel pens, clickable pens, and pens with tips that are 0.5 mm and under.

2) I couldn't include every pen I've ever tried on this list, so if your favorite isn't here, don't come for my credentials, nerds.

3) To anyone who says they don't care what pen they use: GO AWAY, THE ADULTS ARE TALKING.

This meeting of the Pen 15 Club is now called to order!

1. Pilot G-2 0.5 gel pen

This is one of my all-time favorite pens. It's smooth, lasts a while, can be found at pretty much any store that sells pens, and you don't have to worry about keeping track of the cap. It also comes in other sizes, but the 0.7 is too thick and the 0.38 is so thin that it drags across the paper.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

This is one of my all-time favorite pens. It's smooth, lasts a while, can be found at pretty much any store that sells pens, and you don't have to worry about keeping track of the cap. It also comes in other sizes, but the 0.7 is too thick and the 0.38 is so thin that it drags across the paper.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Pilot G-2 0.5?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I don't see that changing
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I don't see that changing
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2. Pentel RSVP 0.7 ballpoint pen

I'm gonna be honest: I'm realllllly not crazy about this pen because 1) it's a ballpoint, and 2) using it reminds me of taking notes in class in middle school. However, a lot of my friends seem to really love it.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

I'm gonna be honest: I'm realllllly not crazy about this pen because 1) it's a ballpoint, and 2) using it reminds me of taking notes in class in middle school. However, a lot of my friends seem to really love it.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Pentel RSVP 0.7?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that

3. uni-ball Deluxe Micro 0.5 rollerball pen

They're good pens, Brent.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

They're good pens, Brent.

  1. What are your thoughts on the uni-ball Deluxe Micro 0.5 rollerball pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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4. Muji 0.5 gel pen

This is my friend Nicole's favorite pen and people freaking love it on Instagram. And I concur — it's a damn good pen.
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This is my friend Nicole's favorite pen and people freaking love it on Instagram. And I concur — it's a damn good pen.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Muji 0.5 gel pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that

5. Uni Jetstream Standard 0.5 ballpoint pen

Uni Jetstream pens are relatively new to me, but I have only good things to say about them! This is actually my current favorite ballpoint pen (probably because it doesn't feel like a ballpoint pen).
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Uni Jetstream pens are relatively new to me, but I have only good things to say about them! This is actually my current favorite ballpoint pen (probably because it doesn't feel like a ballpoint pen).

  1. What are your thoughts on the Uni Jetstream Standard 0.5 ballpoint pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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6. Uni Jetstream Alpha-Gel Grip 0.7 ballpoint pen

This pen is thicc. That squishy gel grip is very nice, but this pen will also run you $10.
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This pen is thicc. That squishy gel grip is very nice, but this pen will also run you $10.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Uni Jetstream Alpha-Grip 0.7 pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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What are your thoughts on the Uni Jetstream Alpha-Grip 0.7 pen?
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that

7. Pilot Precise V5 RT rollerball pen

This is a solid pen that's easy to find in stores, which is important. My friend who recommended this pen to me said it's particularly good for lefties.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

This is a solid pen that's easy to find in stores, which is important. My friend who recommended this pen to me said it's particularly good for lefties.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Pilot Precise V5 RT rollerball pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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8. Zebra 0.7 ballpoint pen

My grandma introduced me to this pen — along with the idea that one can have a favorite pen — when I was in high school but I don't use it anymore because 1) it's a ballpoint pen, 2) 0.7 is a bit too thick for my taste, and 3) the ink is relatively faint.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

My grandma introduced me to this pen — along with the idea that one can have a favorite pen — when I was in high school but I don't use it anymore because 1) it's a ballpoint pen, 2) 0.7 is a bit too thick for my taste, and 3) the ink is relatively faint.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Zebra 0.7 ballpoint pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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What are your thoughts on the Zebra 0.7 ballpoint pen?
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that

9. uni-ball Signo 0.38 gel pen

I love this pen; it would probably be my top favorite if pen it were retractable. (Also if you're looking for a really fine pen, try the 0.28 version; it's the thinnest pen I've used that doesn't feel "scratchy" when you're writing.)
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

I love this pen; it would probably be my top favorite if pen it were retractable. (Also if you're looking for a really fine pen, try the 0.28 version; it's the thinnest pen I've used that doesn't feel "scratchy" when you're writing.)

  1. What are your thoughts on the Uniball Signo 0.38 gel pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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10. Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica 0.4 pen

Another new-to-me pen that I'm enjoying so far!
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Another new-to-me pen that I'm enjoying so far!

  1. What are your thoughts on the Pilot Hi-Tec-C Maica 0.4 pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that

11. Le Pen black pen

First of all: Le Pen pens just look good. They are slim and elegant and their name sounds fancy. I used Le Pen pens exclusively in my journal for a while last year before ultimately deciding I prefer something a little thinner. But I can say objectively that this is a very good pen.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

First of all: Le Pen pens just look good. They are slim and elegant and their name sounds fancy. I used Le Pen pens exclusively in my journal for a while last year before ultimately deciding I prefer something a little thinner. But I can say objectively that this is a very good pen.

  1. What are your thoughts on Le Pen pens?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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12. Paper Mate Ink Joy 1.0 ballpoint pen

I mean, whatever. It's your life.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

I mean, whatever. It's your life.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Paper Mate Ink Joy 1.0 ballpoint pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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What are your thoughts on the Paper Mate Ink Joy 1.0 ballpoint pen?
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that

13. Pilot Juice 0.38 gel pen

This is the pen that recently booted the Pilot G-2 from my top spot; it's thin but not "scratchy" like a lot of pens with tips below 0.5 mm are. Also, its click is deeply satisfying, which I think counts for something. After I tried it for the first time, I went on Amazon and ordered a set of 10.
Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed

This is the pen that recently booted the Pilot G-2 from my top spot; it's thin but not "scratchy" like a lot of pens with tips below 0.5 mm are. Also, its click is deeply satisfying, which I think counts for something. After I tried it for the first time, I went on Amazon and ordered a set of 10.

  1. What are your thoughts on the Pilot Juice 0.38 pen?

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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
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    I've used it and I really like it!
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    I've used it and I'm not crazy about it
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    I haven't used it but I'd like to!
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    I haven't used it and I'm OK with that
  1. What is the best black pen of all?

    Rachel Miller / BuzzFeed
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    The Pilot G-2 0.5 gel pen
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    The Pentel RSVP 0.7 ballpoint pen
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    The uni-ball Deluxe Micro 0.5 rollerball pen
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    The Muji 0.5 gel pen
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    The Uni Jetstream Standard 0.5 gel pen
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    The Uni Jetstream Alpha-Gel Grip 0.7 gel pen
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    The Pilot Precise V5 RT rollerball pen
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    The Zebra 0.7 ballpoint pen
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    The uni-ball Signo 0.38 pen
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    The Pilot Hi Tec-C Maica 0.4 pen
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    The Le Pen black pen
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    The Papermate Ink Joy ballpoint pen
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    The Pilot Juice 0.38 gel pen
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    Some other pen I'll tell you about in the comments!
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What is the best black pen of all?
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    The Pilot G-2 0.5 gel pen
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    The Pentel RSVP 0.7 ballpoint pen
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    The uni-ball Deluxe Micro 0.5 rollerball pen
  4.  
    vote votes
    The Muji 0.5 gel pen
  5.  
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    The Uni Jetstream Standard 0.5 gel pen
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    The Uni Jetstream Alpha-Gel Grip 0.7 gel pen
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    The Pilot Precise V5 RT rollerball pen
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    The Zebra 0.7 ballpoint pen
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    The uni-ball Signo 0.38 pen
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    The Pilot Hi Tec-C Maica 0.4 pen
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    The Le Pen black pen
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    The Papermate Ink Joy ballpoint pen
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    The Pilot Juice 0.38 gel pen
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    Some other pen I'll tell you about in the comments!
 
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