Gawker, You’re Wrong. This is the Best Pen.

At, we have a healthy dose of underdog-edness that keeps us scrappy like a startup, despite the fact our magazine is more than 100 years old. Ordinarily, we wouldn’t take another media organization to task, but Gawker, we respectfully disagree with your choice in pens.

In “What Is The Best Pen?” posted last week on, Dayna Evans pledges her allegiance to the Pilot® G-2™ pen. We as fellow writers completely understand this unexplainable attachment to our writing utensils. But the G2? Clearly, she just hasn’t tried the uni-ball® Vision™ Exact™.

The ink in this rollerball pen dries quickly enough for use by lefties. If you have an ink stained left pinky joint, then you know what I’m talking about. The best part—it comes in a nicely weighted green. Not thin black like those stiffs in Accounting, or that red felt found in Design. I promise you’ll grow so attached to it, you will retrace your steps to find whose desk you left this green goddess on and promise never to lose her again.

—Shelby Skrhak, Director of Digital Content

Hold On, Boss. Wrong uni-ball.

The first thing I did when I sat down at my desk in the SUCCESS office was organize—because I’ve got Type A running through my blood. Digging through the file drawers, not only did I find dust and bent paperclips, but I discovered treasure. It wasn’t gold, but it might as well have been, that uni-ball® Vision™ Needle. Unlike the unreliability of other pens (no consistency!), the fine point rolled so smoothly, so evenly, onto my notepad; my to-do list glowed with a deep satisfying purple, one that’s fade-proof, mind you. Bye, BIC™—and your random pools of unwanted ink!

—Jessica Krampe, Content Coordinator

Sorry, You’re Both Wrong.

I admit it; I’m prone to mistakes. That’s my best guess why, for the past decade, I’ve shunned pens and instead harbored an unhealthy obsession for my 0.9mm Pentel ® Quicker Clicker Mechanical Pencil. I can’t help but be transfixed by it—the eraser has the precision of an artists’, the lead writes darker than your average pencil and each click makes a satisfying noise. This pencil is so important to me that I’ve never loaned it to anyone, for fear I wouldn’t get it back. So yes, I have a pen you can borrow, but don’t ask for a pencil.

—Heather Tipton, Digital Asset Coordinator

Your turn to weigh in. Surely you have a favorite pen, so share it with us in the comments. We won’t judge, we promise.


Journalist, podcaster and southpaw Shelby Skrhak is the former director of digital content and social media for Before joining SUCCESS magazine, Shelby launched the weekly suburban newspaper Plano Insider, and covered topics ranging from cops and courts to transportation and fashion. Her handwriting should be a font.

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