A lot of variety with Japanese pens
Pens
A lot of variety with Japanese pens

I switched to Japanese pens and now I'll never go back.

In my line of work, I still require the use of actual writing skills. I know many places have gone green, or are in the process of (going green) but there's just something about actually writing.
I prefer to use Japanese pens. They are by far the most superior type of pen you can get. I've tried regular gel pens or ballpoint pens, even fountain pens-- which are so messy to me! Japanese pens allow for a myriad of different writing tips and sizes, different grips, etc. With drafting pencils, you can customize them!
That's all I order now-- drafting pencils. Every step of the process is customizable. I can get a specific lead width, color, size, and grip. I get it's easier to go to the store.
But when writing is still such an important part of your lifestyle, and more importantly, your job, it's so much better to have something that you're comfortable with.
I always hate using regular pens because they will stop working for no reason-- even when there's still ink left! It's so annoying. Japanese pen engineers work on designing new pens like car manufacturers work on designing the very best new model of car. That's how seriously they take their craft in Japan.
To have so much pride in your work like that, for something that most people find mundane, is just extraordinary to me. It's truly beautiful the way they are each crafted.
A myriad of colors to choose from!
A myriad of colors to choose from!
Different widths for different pens/pencils.
Different widths for different pens/pencils.
“Every step of the process is customizable.”
A Japanese brush pen.
A Japanese brush pen.
Many different tip widths.
Many different tip widths.