I made the mistake of not performing quite enough research.
I bought a pair of my now-utterly-beloved Sanrio ballpoint pens but after a while the first ran out of ink. This was really frightening to me because it was the best ballpoint I had ever used (not that I’ve really used anything else other than cheap-o freebie ballpoint pens anyways). Looking at the refill I noticed that it was the PILOT BRFN-10F refill. So I asked my dad to get me some of those. He said that those were japanese refills and that there was an equivalent USA one. Ok, fine. So i went with that.
I’ve been using the new refills for a long while now and I -know- that they aren’t as good. The shape is different, but that shouldn’t really matter on its own…
But turns out what I got (or, more accurately, what was gotten for me) was the Pilot Dr. Grip refill, when I really wanted the Pilot Dr. Grip Center of Gravity refill. (“67% more write-out than standard retractable ball point pens”, yay).
Time to go out and get myself a crapload of these. For anyone who’s reading, you can expect my letters to all look a lot nicer from now on. Whee!
On a somewhat related note, I don’t think I will ever use a moleskine. It’s so sleek, so clean and simple and unobtrusive…it totally clashes with my inner self, which instead screams for something like this:
Kind of like how I never even considered getting an iPhone because there’s NO CELL PHONE CHARM SLOT. fail, Apple. FAIL.