They say that a pen is mightier than the sword! And I always wonder which one of them is the mightiest!! The world is full of different types of pens - different colours, different shapes, different sizes, different technologies.
Each literate mortal who uses a pen, has their own preference. Someone likes the fountain pen, because of the finesse and style it exudes. Some prefer the ball point pen for their convenience and affordability and some like me are hardcore gel pen fanatics.
Gel pens make your writing feel like it's wearing skates on an ice skating rink. Your signature lopes and glides on to the page with grace, never blotching or snagging. With most of us chained to keyboards, gel pens remind us of the tactile joys of hand-writing. They make us want to keep adding noughts to that cheque, kisses to that card.
Gel pens were introduced in the mid 80's in Japan. The pens soon became popular among graphic artists and architects, who could use the control of a ballpoint pen while getting the brilliant colors of a marker. The general design of a gel pen is similar to that of a regular rollerball pen, with a barrel containing the writing mechanism and a cap, and a reservoir filled with ink. The barrels can be created in many different sizes and designs; some have finger grips of rubber or plastic. The size of the nib or pen tip ranges from 0.18 mm to 1.5 mm.
Quality gel pens allow for smooth writing as opposed to felt-tip pens which can drag as you write. With gel pens, you can control the ink flow with the roller type tip as you write for consistent quality.
Gel pens are also easy to maintain. They do not require being stored vertically or horizontally as do other pens. One thing to keep in mind when putting your gel pens away is to keep the cap on when not in use and if you keep them in pen cups, try not to drop it into the cup. This can cause shock to the gel inside by disturbing the pen's vacuum and is commonly known as "ink drop". If you do store your gel pens in a cup just make sure to place it in gently and you will be able to use the pens even longer.
Years of research has been put in by the leading manufacturers, to provide authors, students, executives and artists with superior gel pens in every color you can imagine. Companies like Elkos Pens & Add Gel have heavily invested in Technology to keep ahead of the market in regularly churning out the latest models in Gel Pens which provide the user an experience that simply lingers on.
Remember, when you choose a gel pen, it is quality that matters not simply quantity or a low price. The world of gel pens is alive and well with only more excitement to come.
The story of the gel pen so far has been an intriguing one, and despite the best efforts to move data recording beyond pen and paper into the cloud, its last chapter is still a very long way off.
October 9, 2020
Gel Pens - Putting life in life!
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