Drag. There. I said it.
While I was thinking about the crimes that pens commit, and the Easyflow, I was trying to figure out why I keep coming back to the Fisher cartridge when I realized that it had to do with the way the pen feels on the paper. Really, it’s drag.
Now lots of folks work really hard to find the right nib and paper combination to get the ultra dragless feeling of a ballpoint writing on glass, and sometimes I get that bug was well, but nowadays I like some drag.
It’s why I like pencils as well. The way a writing instrument drags is like the bokeh on a photograph. It’s background, but also part of the picture. It’s the foundation of the experience and frames subject. Like bokeh, it has a subtle but strong influence.