But of course, I am always on the quest for the holy Daily Writer (DW), and the Sharpie pen is beautiful enough that it always catches my eye in the store. However, I can't like the Sharpie pen for it to ever be a serious contender for the DW. There are lots of reasons for this, and I have not come to this decision lightly. For one thing, it's a felt-tip pen. My earliest recollection of trying to like a felt-tip pen was when the Flair pens came out in my childhood. I didn't and don't like them either, although I will grant you that a Sharpie pen is head and shoulders above a Flair. It's mostly an occupational reason: I deal with 3-part NCR forms on a routine, if not daily, basis. Felt-tip pens are usually not suitable for these kinds of forms because they require a certain amount of pressure to make the transfer to the sheets underneath. So when I have to fill out one of these forms, it's always a ballpoint for me. (Maybe I should experiment with one of the Sharpie pens and see if it might possibly work?)
(Do you think this point would stand up to an NCR form?)
So black it is. But it has to be the darkest, truest black that there ever was. Blacker than the outer reaches of space, or the heart of the most evil person on Earth. I find myself pining for the black ink that Rudyard Kipling required for his writing. And here is where the Sharpie pen falls short most grievously, in my book. The ink goes on the page fairly black, but it quickly dries to a lighter shade of black, verging towards a dark gray. Dark gray will never be black, to me. I suppose it has to do with the "no bleed through" formulation of the ink, since Sharpie marker ink writes jet black and stays jet black.
All the Sharpie pens are beautiful -- their style is consistently one of their best features. This one is no exception: the sleek, attractive stainless steel body, the small black button endcaps that subtly tell you the color of the ink inside the pen, and the slightly cushy rubbery grip. The whole pen feels good in the hand, and it's lightweight enough to write with for hours. For what they are, the Sharpie pens do what they advertise. But they are not anywhere near the competition in the quest for the Daily Writer.
Sorry, Sharpie pen! We can definitely be casual friends, but that's about all you can expect from me.
(This ink probably would not have been black enough for Mr. Gandhi, either.)
Ink: C (black is not black enough)
Writing: B+ (smooth enough for a felt-tip pen, lightweight in the hand)
Blobbiness: A+ (not really a problem with felt-tip pens)
Chance that this will become a Daily Writer: 0%