There are some things everyone carries everywhere, usually a cell phone, keys, and a wallet. Many people have some sort of bag or purse to hold more than just the essentials. A common everyday carry item is a writing utensil, but those who enjoy the act of writing know that there is more to a pencil than a stick of graphite or a pen a tube of ink. It isn’t just what you write but what you are writing with that enhances the experience. A good pen makes me want to find an excuse to write something just to use it more.
I’ve been carrying all of these items for a half-year now and love them. Maybe you can get inspiration from that and can have a more enjoyable everyday writing experience.
First, let’s look at the case itself. You need something to hold all of those writing utensils so that the bottom of your purse isn’t cluttered with cylindrical objects rolling around so you can never find what you are looking for. My pencil case has a cute kitty cat!
The cat is definitely the best part, but it has another nifty feature: when you unzip the top of the bag and pull the tabs, the bag becomes a cup! It is the most convenient pencil case I have ever owned, and I’ve gotten so many compliments on it.
You can find it here.
For quite a long time, my father insisted I invest in a pencil that wasn’t a BiC #2 0.7mm mechanical pencil. I used that BiC brand all through college, dealing with stuck erasers and snapped clips. But this was much better than the wooden yellow #2 that I was required to use through primary school. When I entered the workforce, I finally craved and purchased a 3 pack of Pentel P205m 0.5mm pencils. I fell in love, and I’ve never looked back.
The eraser is like many other metal pencils where the eraser comes out of a metal barrel, easy to remove from the pencil and easy to replace, also protected by a metal cap. An unexpected bonus with this feature is watching friends who have borrowed your pencil get frustrated over the lack of an eraser and their look of astonishment when you pull off the cap.
You can find it here.
I also always carry a retractable stick eraser, just in case I need something a bit more heavy duty.
I discovered the beauty of rollerball pens when I was working for corporate America. They were a rare find in the office supply cabinet, but when I spotted one, I snatched it. I’m someone who has issues gripping too tightly and pressing my pen to paper too forcefully. When you write for long periods of time, this can damage the wrist. A rollerball helps me be less severe with my pen pressure, saving me the pain.
My favorite is the Pilot Precise V5. I usually have all three available colors, black, blue, and red, even if I tend to stick to black. The pen doesn’t look fancy or aesthetic, but it does have a cool window that you can see the ink splashing around the barrel. A downside to this pen is something you will find in a lot of rollerballs, and that is that the ink may bleed through normal printer quality paper. It does just fine on thicker stock, but be aware that if you work with cheap paper, you may have bleeding.
A V7 is also available. You can find them here.
As someone who’s been cartooning since I was a child, I am very familiar with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, and I have yet to find a fineliner that writes as smoothly and has such a rich black. Not only is this a great pen to outline doodles with, but it makes my writing look tidy as I can choose the proper pen thickness for my script size, as there are many size options available. I tend to carry the older ones I have (I can tell the age because the printed labels wear with use). I carry an 03, 05, and 1.
You can find them here.
I like having a good highlighter around. Not only for note taking and color coordinating, but it’s like a marker that I can use on my doodles. But I’m going to be honest… neon colors stopped being of interest to me when I was 9-years-old. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t like neon colors, but as a very boring person who enjoys the color gray more than she should, I don’t prefer that bright light in my face.
So I was thrilled when I found Zebra Mildliners. These pens have become extremely popular, so if you are into stationary, you are probably already familiar with them. If not, Mildliners work like highlighters but the colors are much more subdued so it’s easier to look at. They come in packs or in open stock. I started with the “cool pack” and have slowly grown my collection with open stock and that’s also how I replaced my dried out colors. Side note, I’ve seen people on the internet say that they have gone years without needing to replace their mildliners, and all I can think is how they much not use their supplies very often, cause I have to replace my most used colors about every 9 months (which is still impressive).
I always carry these colors: Red, Vermilion, Gold, Green, Dark Blue, Violet, and Gray.
If you like pastels or even neon, they have those colors too!
You can find them here.
Now, what works for me might not work for you, and if you asked me what my EDC is in a year, it will probably be totally different. But perhaps this gives you some ideas of your own.