SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) As a soon to be M1, I've been searching for the best black ballpoint pen to use during my studies. I need to be assured that I have the most reliable, comfortable, smooth-writing instrument to give me the best shot at preclinical honors and and a high Step 1 score. Now, I understand many students typically use laptops as their main notetaking tool, but for annotations and drawing diagrams, flowcharts, and other such figures, I will not settle for any but the best. I've assembled six of the top competitors to participate in an extended study this summer prior to the start of classes, and will be conducting experiments to determine their suitability. I have, from right to left: Pentel WOW! Papermate ComfortMate Zebra Z-Grip Pilot EasyTouch Penac SleekTouch Papermate Profile These are basically the pens I've been able to pilfer from work, women's purses on the subway, and the like. I know to be a serious student that I might need an even more premium pen such as the Zebra F-701, which is nice as it has an all-steel exterior (obviously I would do the standard 701/402 mod) Or just stick with the regular F-402 The Pilot G2 Limited also looks promising, though it is pricey at $15 a pop. The upper limit with what I'm comfortable spending is about $20, which could get me something like a Pilot Axiom So what have everyone's experiences been? I mean, the Z-Grips or the Pilot EasyTouches are available in bulk, which is nice, but I would really hate to miss a few points on a test and always be stuck wondering "what if" I had gotten an F-701 or one of the higher end Pilots. Thanks in advance for responses. I'm getting increasingly anxious about this as the weeks go by.