Changing the way you write
Just been thinking and thought I would talk about refillable pens. I initially went this way because of the plastic issue, as pens are essentially a disposible product. I ended up driving to another town to visit a specialised shop that deals with everything pen and ink related. That was my introduction to fountain pens. Being refillable, they are environmentally friendly, but recently looking at it from a different perspective, they are also a good prepper item as well.
I ended up choosing a fountain pen over rollerball or ballpoint as you do not need to use pressure to write (which minimises pain when writing).
The pen I chose (Lamy Al-star) was appealing, not only due to comfort, but also due to the fact that every part of the pen was replaceable, meaning I didn’t have to buy a completely new pen if something got lost or broke. I also chose the adapter over cartridges, so I fill my pen from bottled ink – and this is where it is good for prepping. Once an ordinary pen runs out – that’s it. However, a small bottle if ink goes a very long way. I have had my pen for over two years and have barely made a dent in the ink container (50ml).
If you choose a fountain pen, you will need to use ink designed for it. Bonus is the range of colours that are available. As they are water based ink not all inks are waterproof, so be aware of that when choosing your ink.