what I’m loving this week: my favorite pen

My friends and family who know me well may be surprised to learn I am super picky when it comes to my preferred writing instrument.

I kid of course — I could barely type that sentence without stopping to laugh. The statement should not be surprising or new information to those who have spent any amount of time with me. I am picky about A LOT of things, and my pens are no exception. (On a related note, I love my friends and family for putting up with my weird + overly intense persnickety-ness when it comes to pens — and, really, a LOT of other things.)

Finding a pen I like used to be an ongoing conflict — especially at the office. It seemed that as soon as I discovered a tolerable option, it was no longer available in the supply closet and I was forced to expand my horizons and use other, non-preferred pens. And don’t even get me started on ink color. Yes, people, the struggle was real. Or, it was — until Paris.

In June I was lucky enough to attend a writing retreat hosted in the amazing City of Light. And, as part of the Penning in Paris welcome packages, our thoughtful retreat leader included the uni-ball Jetstream 101 in black ink. Cue me falling in love — hard — for a pen.

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Maybe it was the settings (e.g., Luxembourg Gardens, Eiffel Tower, Le Deux Magots) or the writing prompts or my amazing retreat friends or the fact that I was in Paris on a week-long writing retreat, but I honestly have to give some props to this rollerball for the fact that I filled roughly 50 pages in just a few days. The pen writes like a dream, is smear resistant and is super comfortable, even for marathon-writing sessions. And, while uni-ball offers the Jetstream in a number of variations, my alliance is with the 101.

According to the good folks at uni-ball, the Jetstream is “engineered to keep up with even the fastest flow of ideas.” Anyone else swoon over that description? No, just me?

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Also, I’m not alone in my love for uni-ball’s Jetstream. I discovered numerous reviewers who lauded the pen for its performance, affordability and ease of use to purchase (re: they’re available basically everywhere). The pen also made it on nearly every top-pen list I found. I’d recommend this review and this blog for those who want more details about the pen and pens in general.

So, what does one do when they find a product they REALLY love? They buy boxes and boxes of said product. Okay, maybe not boxes and boxes, but I definitely now have approximately 50 of these fine pieces of plastic + ink at my home. And, while I realize this purchase goes against my efforts to declutter, these pens definitely fall into the category of sparking joy, so I’m letting it slide.Plus, they’re pretty cheap, at about $15 for 12 pens.

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So, this week I pay homage to the uni-ball Jetstream 101 — in black ink, of course — as the thing I’m loving. Now, I’m going to ask you all to keep me in your thoughts when it comes to uni-ball continuing the production of this pen. I’m not sure I could tolerate another incident like a particular cosmetic company ceasing production of my favorite mascara. Because that, my friends, was a near tragedy.

Anyone else as picky as I am when it comes to pens + have a favorite writing instrument?

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