PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Fine Point Gel Pens, 12-Count

Last updated date: September 4, 2020

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8.8

PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Fine Point Gel Pens, 12-Count

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Overall Take

The ink goes on bold but dry with these popular gel pens. A cushion on the lower half of the pen allows for a firm grip. A light press is all it takes to get the ink flowing. In our analysis of 0 expert reviews, the PILOT PILOT Rolling Ball Fine Point Gel Pens, 12-Count placed 5th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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From The Manufacturer

G2 is the ultimate pen for the everyday overachiever. The Pilot G2 writes smoothly, comfortably and includes 4 point sizes, 27 color options, and multiple barrel styles to suit every personality and situation-including a pen+stylus option. So pick your perfect G2 because after all – pens aren’t one size fits all.

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PILOT G2 Rolling Ball Fine Point Gel Pens, 12-Count
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An Overview On Pens

We’re deep in the information age, and as the name implies, we have more ways to communicate than ever before. We text, we post, we send voicemails and emails — and those of us who use voice assistants may not even have to lift a finger to do any of them.

But if you’re trying to get your thoughts recorded quickly and with style, there’s still no better way to do it than with pen and paper. If you doubt the enduring popularity of the old reliable pen, just look at the range of products out there. Entire aisles of office supply stores are devoted to them, from disposable ballpoints to sleek executive vanity pens.

So what’s the right pen for you? Those who use pens regularly will tell you there’s no “best” type of pen. But there is a best one for your particular writing style.

Ballpoint pens have been around for a while, and they are still among the most popular. That’s largely because of the oil-based ink, which dries quickly on most any type of paper. The tip (or nib) at the business end of these pens is a ball that rolls along you write, creating friction which allows the ink inside the chamber to flow out. While cheaper pens of this type can blotch a bit as the ink chamber empties, decently-made pens are usually fairly consistent. one thing to watch out for is durability: Dropping the pen directly on its tip will damage the ball and render it useless pretty quickly.

Rollerball pens work much the same way but use a water-based rather than oil-based ink. That creates a bolder and darker line, which is great for those who prefer more of an expressive look. On the downside, this ink might bleed through if your paper is thin enough, and tends to dry less quickly. (Left-handed writers, in particular, want to watch out for this, as their hand may drag across their writing and smudge the ink.)

A more recent type of writing implement is the gel pen, which also uses water-based ink. In most pens, it is a thicker formula that goes on smoothly with a certain feel that users swear by. The formula also holds pigment better, so you can find gel pens in a range of different colors. Smudging can be a problem with cheaper pens of this style, and they may run out of ink a bit quicker.

There are also less common pen styles such as the felt-tip pen, which uses water-based ink and a fibrous nib to give an even thicker line. And of course, lovers of boutique writing can still buy old-school fountain pens. The elegant mechanism of these pens and the viscosity of the ink produces a feel that can’t be replicated, but they do require plenty of care and refills.

DWYM Fun Fact

Pens can be a status symbol for high-powered executives, and there are none that make a greater statement than the Aurora Diamante pen. The Italian company Aurora makes only one of these fountain pens a year, and its casing is encrusted with 30 carats of diamonds. The nib? Eighteen-carat solid gold, of course. Unsurprisingly, it is the most expensive writing implement in the world at a price tag of $1.3 million. Definitely not the pen you want to forget to take out of your pocket when you do the laundry.

The Pen Buying Guide

How you write and how often your write might be big factors in determining what kind of pen you use. Where you use them isn’t usually a concern — unless you’re doing it on a plane. Seasoned travelers already know that pens can leak or even explode while in flight. This is due to the change in air pressure, which can push ink out of the pen. The pens most at risk for this are those with water-based ink, especially rollerballs and fountain pens. Gel pens and ballpoint pens are less likely to experience any severe leaks, but it can happen. You can buy pens that are specifically engineered to be airplane-safe, but if you don’t want to shell out the extra dough, you can seal your pens in a plastic bag until you land.