I used to be a huge pencil/pen fanatic in middle school, and I was constantly searching for the best. Every time that I went to Tokyo, I would check out all of the new options, as Japan tends to have the cheapest and highest quality mechanical pencils. While I have somewhat stopped, I still have a bunch of good pencils and pens that I enjoy writing with.
My personal favorite pencil is the A-Gel series. It is a series made by uni, and the grips are super squishy and comfortable. Also, writing with them feels super smooth and easy. I think that with computers nowadays, handwriting has gone a little by the wayside. However, I still like to do it on certain occasions, and if I am writing a lot, I really appreciate using a good pencil.
There is a difference in price; for example, BIC pencils tend to be less than $1 each, while A-Gels can be anywhere from $8-15. Still, you will likely never have to buy too many pencils (you mostly just have to buy lead to refill it), so even $8-15 is not too big of an investment. Especially if you are writing for extended periods of time, your hands will get tired if you are not using a good pencil; this is also when you will really begin to appreciate the comfort of using an A-Gel.
Another cool thing about A-Gels is that they come in a bunch of different color schemes. This means that you can pick ones that suit your style. I think the best place to buy them if you ever go to Tokyo are stores such as Tokyu Hands, Kinokuniya Book Store, etc.; however, I think you can also buy them online on sites like Amazon now.
Overall, if you do any writing, I would recommend at least trying out an A-Gel once. Once you use it, you probably will not want to go back to a normal pencil ever again.
A-Gel Pencils and Pens Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
This is a blog for myself (and hopefully others) to keep track of all of the places, restaurants, books, movies, etc. that I do not want to forget. I am a college student who has lived in the US, Asia, and Europe for extended periods of time; I am very lucky to have had these experiences, and I want to share my recommendations with people interested in any of these locations.
NONE of these posts are advertisements. I do not have any discount codes or promotions for anything I write about; however, this should be considered a positive because it means that everything I write about reflects my true feelings. In order to keep this blog positive, my posts will only be recommendations for the things I enjoy the most in life. The topics will vary between whatever subjects I am interested in at a certain time, and I will have 1-2 new posts per day.
I wish I could have started this project earlier while some of my memories were fresher in my mind, but it is better late than never. I hope that other people will have the chance to visit or experience things that I write about, and I hope that people will have a similar taste in life to myself!