Since I live surrounded by digital devices, I usually only type. Even when we need to write by hand, we now often write on a screen with a stylus.
Of course, there are times when you need to write something down on paper.
When I go out and only have a stylus in my bag, I sometimes make incomprehensible requests to people around me, like, “Hey, do you have a real pen?”
What is that “realistic pen”?
That’s why I always have one black (blue), one red, and a ballpoint pen in my bag. Both are gel ink ballpoint pens.
For about 30 years since college, my main writing tool was a fountain pen. I like the fact that it draws lines that are clearer than a pencil or mechanical pencil, and I can scribble without using too much force.
However, recently there has been less reliance on pens, and gel ink ballpoint pens have become more popular due to their cost and maintenance-free nature. Oil-based ballpoint pens don’t seem to be good at writing, or rather, they’re not good at drawing lines.
So, that’s the introduction.
I recently changed my pen.
KOKUYO’s “WP-F100 Fine Lighter”.
This product is a new product group that the company is developing as the “WP (Writing Product) Series.” Although it is planned to be commercially available, pre-orders were held on Makuake in May of this year.
The price is 4,400 yen. In my case, I purchased it at the pre-sale price of 4,180 yen.
It’s not a cheap pen, but it’s easy to write with.
To put it very simply, it’s a felt-tip pen that doesn’t break, has a light writing feel, and has a fountain pen-like feel.
Due to the nature of my work, I often write notes in a hurry, leaving behind what people are saying, so I prefer things that I can write quickly without using too much force. On top of that, I think it’s best to draw thick lines that are easy to add strength to. Gel ink ballpoint pens have a light writing feel, but I was worried that the lines they draw were thin and unreliable.
But fine writers aren’t like that. I had a good feeling that the lines I like and the light writing feel coexisted together.
The secret is in the nib.
The fine writer’s nib is made of resin. Ink (pigment type) flows out between minute slits by capillary action. It’s not stiff, it flexes a little, but it’s not so strong that it collapses under pressure.
Because of this structure, you can use it with a writing quality that is somewhere between a felt-tip pen and a fountain pen, but with the maintenance-free quality of a ballpoint pen.
In fact, the same WP series also includes the “Roller Ball,” which is a new innovation in the ballpoint pen series. This pen has a structure that combines low viscosity ink and a pen tip, and is said to have a light writing feel.
When I bought it, I thought, “I’ll be fine with one,” so I bought just the fine lighter, but now that it’s this good, I’m starting to wonder, “What about the rollerball that I didn’t buy?”
When it goes on sale to the general public in the future, I’m thinking of buying a rollerball as well as a refill for the fine lighter.