Every once in a while, I stumble upon the world’s greatest red pen. What does that mean to me?
1) The cap must sit firmly on the pen. I hate losing the caps.
2) The ink must flow smoothly – the less pressure I have to apply, the better.
3) The ink can’t bleed through to the back of the page.
4) The cap can’t be chewable (yes… I’m one of those people that can’t stop nibbling on pen caps).
Grading exams is never fun, but grading exams with a good pen is certainly more enjoyable than using a bad pen. After several years of using the standard (and unsatisfactory) bic red pens that my department supplies, I’ve stumbed on a wonderful pen … the Uniball Vision Elite Bold 0.80mm. Ahh … the comfort … the ink flow … the way it smoothly marks across the page. Sigh.
To tell you the truth, I have no idea where I got this pen – yikes, I hope I didn’t “borrow” it from someone and never return it.
After finding the perfect pen, the real task becomes finding (and stockpiling) more of them. I found this pen at Officeworld.com (search for SAN69023 if you want to try one). Even better, they also have the pen in many other colors, including purple (another good grading color).
With finals week coming up, I hope my supply of red pens arrives quickly!