Today I was writing with a ballpoint pen and was caught thinking about my dad and his passion for pens. Everything there is to know about pens my dad knows. He started collecting them as a child. I have always admired the way he writes with such a stunning hand writing that it doesn’t look real, everything perfectly spaced, every line and curve thought out and he writes with such elegant speed it has always fascinated me.
My dad has some beautiful pens of every kind. To get me started on my own journey of learning the art of calligraphy he gave me a few pens to practice with.
The Ultimate Battle of the Pens Begins
I decided to put them to the test today and make a comparison with three pens to see what the differences are.
Starting with a ballpoint pen, these are the everyday pens we take for granted and never truly appreciate.
As you can see from the photo above the ballpoint pen. I find its hard on the paper and looks rough. There is nothing wrong with it for general use but it isn’t very attractive. One could also argue that I have a terrible hand writing and it’s no fault of the pen, this may well be true but still, its not the smoothest writer out there.
Next up we have the Parker Ballpoint Pen.
This is my husbands’ pen and much smoother then the cheap ballpoint pens. I think we can agree that my hand writing looks smoother than it did with the first one.
Last but not least we have the Sheaffer Calligraphy Pen.
This pen demands a far superior hand writing and glides across the page. I used a large nib (the part the you write with). It does take some getting used to but with a smaller nib this could most definitely be an everyday pen, there is the bonus that nobody is going to use your pen and never remember to give it back as they wont know how to use it.
I conclude that if you have a tendency to lose pens the cheaper ballpoint may be for you. If you want a reason to never lose your pen go for the Parker ballpoint its a dream to write with. On the other hand if you are willing to learn a little and like a challenge the calligraphy pen is a great choice there is the downside that you need to refill the ink yourself and it can get a little messy especially if its new to you.