I am even more high maintenance about my pens than I am about life in general (which is saying something). I like fine points, and I like pens where the ink flows smoothly out of the pen for a rich writing experience (no scratchy pens for me!). I have tried everything from Bics to Mont Blancs and many pens in between.
The pens that I like most (as of April 2015) are the Pilot Frixion pens, fine point (0.7mm, which is actually fine point by American standards but not by Asian standards). The pens come in a multitude of colors and in sets. And they are erasable (a friend whom I introduced these pens to insists that I mention that).
But the characteristic that sets these pens apart from all other pens is the glorious way they flow smoothly across the paper. The pens are so smooth that writing with one of these pens makes writing a rich, almost creamy, experience. The color is rich and vibrant, and you never catch yourself snagging the pen on the paper or failing to loop or dot your letters where you want. The Pilot Frixion pens belong, in other words, to the royal family of all pens.
And on the right kind of paper, they write even more gloriously, but that is the topic for another blog post…