Originally Posted by cptjeff
I don't get why for so many people, there's no middle ground. It seems that pen usage is a dichotomy for most: you either use complete crap, or an in your face status symbol. It seems odd to me that there aren't more people using stuff like the Parker Jotter- a nice looking ballpoint or gel that looks like something a mature adult would use, writes well enough (and far better than a bic), and doesn't cost a fortune.
Well, you either give a damn, or you don't. No one I know of lusts after a Cross ballpoint - they're in the no-man's land of 'everyone can afford it' and 'most everyone's gotten one at some point in their life'.
Sometimes I use a fountain, sometimes a ballpoint, sometimes it's nice and other times not. It just depends on situation and setting. But I've gotten to the point where I don't want Really Really Nice, since I tend to not use those kinds of things.