Ok, let’s take a ride down memory lane again (old people tend to do that, my young readers) and if you’re below 30 years of age you will probably have no idea what I’m talking about here.
Grade school, in our time, was measured by the kind of writing material you were required to have. When I was in kindergarten we had big black pencils with soft lead tips, very friendly to five- and six- year old hands. Grade one requirement was the yellow Mongol pencil, No. 1, which I have retained a love for because No 1’s were better to draw with. But in second grade, we were required to write with ballpoint pens. And what ball pens did we have back then?
We had the Bic Ballpen. The orange body ones that had fine points, with their covers telling you what ink color they had. I rather liked the orange Bic until I discovered the crystal Bic. I fell in love with the crystal Bic. After the crystal Bic my writing life was never the same again.
Through the years so many other brands of ink pens came into the market, but none were ever quite like the Crystal Bic. Not the Reynolds and certainly not the Kilometrico. A year or two ago I went into a ballpen buying phase and would hang out at an Office Warehouse outlet or at a National Bookstore branch just trying out pens and buying four or five at a time. Sometimes I’d use them up myself, sometimes I’d hand them off to Sam or to Kuya Maui to use for school.
How about you — what’s your favorite writing implement? Are you very particular with what you write with?