The business end is no joke, either. Pen Type A is powered by the impressive Pilot Hi-Tec-C cartridge, which dispenses a sharp 0.3 millimeter stream of black ink — though you can supply the pen with whatever color and width nib you prefer. At just under 4.5 ounces, the pen and sleeve combo will give your words a direction and gravity that a free Bic simply cannot provide.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor for Supercompressor. He believes that the pen is mightier. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.