Yeah, I suppose it's a little unusual but... I really like pens. I like going to the pen store and looking at lots of pens, trying them out, kind of the same way as I do with guitars or headphones. I'd like a super expensive pen, but I don't feel right using that money on something I could easily misplace, at least at this point in my life right now (economically). Right now I'm in the market for a nice midranged price pen, but I'm still in the process of looking for that special pen that I don't mind dropping a load on. I'm searching for a fountain pen that isn't too short when you take off the cap (I have big hands). LAMY makes one that seems ok for a reasonable price, but I just don't care for the looks of it, and it's too short. I also like to be able to press on the top of the clip to open it wider and slide it into my pocket without it catching on anything. So until I find what I'm looking for I use a variety of inexpensive pens. But as with guitars, even in the budget spectrum there are a variety of specific situations where certain pens win over others. I like pens that spit out a lot of ink. So this means water based ink. Oil based ink (most normal ballpoint pens) will last a lot longer, but they're thin and the characters look flimsy and cheap. Even though my 0.7mm water based ink wasn't very expensive, I think the way the ink flows out of this, as well as the quality of the ink, is similar to what you'd find in most high end fountain pens. Living in Japan, I am often obligated to write very complex chinese characters in tiny tiny spaces, and in these situations I have to use a super fine point (they sell 0.3 mm here). And I hate it. Generally I prefer to use a larger 0.7mm or even 1mm, but when I'm faced with writing Japanese in a small space I still try to use a water based .5 mm and just hope that they can guess what I'm writing based on the stroke order. Now, getting to this threads secondary function: I only write in cursive. I can't understand why anyone would write in block lettering. Cursive is faster, easier to read, it looks better, and especially when you use a nice pen it's practically artistic. Recently, in the place where I am from originally (Indiana USA) they have removed learning and use of cursive from the educational system. I am outraged. I think cursive is important culturally and practically. I feel that block text should be reserved from computers, and that written words should be exclusively cursive. In an ideal world, even text on a computer ought to be converted into cursive. So what kind of pens do you like? Or do you use markers or pencils instead? Do you write in cursive? why or why not? post pictures of your pens, or your handwriting! ^aforementioned pentel that I picked up the other day. Take it from a guy that likes pens, you could spend 20 times as much money (40$) and get a pen that writes with a similar quality. However, ball rollers got nothin' on fountain pens. Here's the LAMY fountain I was talking about. This color looks cool enough (even though I don't like the other colors very much), it just doesn't have the length I'm looking for. The clip does seem good for sliding into pockets though, even though you can't press on it. I think this one looks BA. I like how the nib barely sticks out. It's like "What kinda pen's he got!? It's a mysteryyyy". I don't care for the clip though. Also this is out of my price range anyway.