Thursday, February 3, 2011
Pen Review: PaperMate Medium
Who can resist the allure of a straight stick pen for writing? The delight associated with these goes far beyond that of a simple writing utensil. These pens have been around since the 1950's, tried and true, ready for action. The PaperMate Ballpoint pen is a trooper, the known quantity of the bunch. When a PaperMate is retrieved, the author knows exactly what they are getting.
A little bit of lag when first picking up the pen, but that is to be expected. Just a few circles on a sheet of paper separates any author from their intention. These PaperMate pens have written everything, from the vastly important documents to the throwaway lists for groceries and tasks of the day. These pens are workhorses, the epitome of working class pens. Even though pen enthusiasts think of fountain pens and name brands, these are the pens that people think of when they think of pens.
The PaperMate did not become so ubiquitous by being poor in quality. It is a straight-up average pen that is quite functional. The barrel is a little thin, making the writer have to squeeze a little harder to hold it in place, but it is only aggravating for the longer haul. It is not short, which means that very little comfort is lost when writing extensively. The pen itself will write for a long time, carrying any authors through their blocks.
Sure, it's not the Pilot G2 or Precise v5. It's not a 'named' pen, one to be revered like a rare item on a MMORPG. The PaperMate does the job effectively, without hassle. A true working class pen.