r/oddlysatisfying 10d ago

The simplicity, colour and precision of the pen and handwriting is so satisfying.

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u/justamie 10d ago

Next I want to watch the ink absorb into the paper, please.

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u/blacksoulblueheart 10d ago

Is this the step up from watching paint dry?

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u/CourtHowz 10d ago

yes and its amazing

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u/PM_PICS_OF_ME_NAKED 10d ago

Watching paint dry at a microscopic level is actually fascinating.

https://youtu.be/hSq-5mSG0pY

https://youtu.be/aPkiFhLGMWg

https://youtu.be/OW5wB8rJ8Zc

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u/alien_clown_ninja 9d ago

I work as a chemist for a paint company and sometimes my job is to literally watch paint dry. We have to quantify dry to touch and dry to handle times. Which we do by dropping cotton balls on the paint every 10min until no cotton sticks when you pull the cotton ball off.

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u/lawnmower11 9d ago

One of my favorite things about Reddit is when someone replies “actually this is my job IRL, let me tell you something interesting about it.”

Someone actually watches paint dry for a living. Huh.

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u/alien_clown_ninja 9d ago

I mean I also develop paint formulas. But yeah part of that is to see how quickly they dry

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u/otiosehominidae 9d ago

Are all fast-drying paints basically “just” a pigment/colourant that’s been mixed with some binders (plus stabilisers and other magical chemical things) along with a solvent that easily flashes off? Because I don’t think I’ve ever used a paint that was described as “fast drying” that didn’t smell like it was sweating solvent.

I’m assuming it’s not nearly that simple and that there are other chemical reactions (or types of paint) which behave more like an adhesive that reacts with water, the air or lack of oxygen, etc.

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u/alien_clown_ninja 9d ago

Unless you are working with a 2 component paint, where you mix with a hardener first, then yes. For single component, the solvent is there to give a nice looking even coating, and then it evaporates while the paint resin reacts with oxygen in the air to cross-link and cure. Fast drying means that you can touch it sooner without messing up the finish, but it does not necessarily mean that the paint is cured faster. Usually you sacrifice some performance with fast dry.

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u/otiosehominidae 9d ago

Hmm interesting. I didn’t realise that there was some sort of polymerisation(?) reaction going on in addition to the solvent evaporation.

I guess it makes sense though, now that I think about it, because otherwise the “paint” would probably be more like a finely spread powder than a cohesive surface.

Thanks!

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u/Icy-Secret-42 9d ago

If you run out of cotton balls you can just use your own and tea bag it until no hair sticks?

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u/how_many_letters_can 9d ago

Can you please provide your insight into why it's impossible to find a paint that isn't tacky when applied to shelf surfaces? I am a Home Depot guy but one time I went to Benjamin More and asked for the best paint money could buy that wouldn't be tacky on my shelves and it was STILL tacky. :(

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u/alien_clown_ninja 9d ago

You should try a 2 component paint, which is paint mixed with a hardener, commonly at a 4:1 or 5:1 ratio. It would be called 2k paint. Are the shelves wood or metal? If metal definitely 2k, if wood, avoid waterborne alkyds

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u/zimm0who0net 9d ago

Can you tell me why paint seems to change after it has dried, but over the next few weeks? It seems to get harder and stick to the surface more tenaciously. People always talk about paint drying over 24-48 hours, but no one talks about what happens over the next few weeks. It’s almost like the paint is “curing”, but I’ve never heard people describe paint as curing.

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u/alien_clown_ninja 9d ago

Oh yes, paint cures, like any other cross-linking resin. We always tell customers that you don't have a full cure until 7 days after application. That's when all the properties we test for are guaranteed as described in our product data sheets. Adhesion, corrosion resistance, humidity resistance etc... can all be worse before the 7 day cure is finished. It depends on the paint of course, some will cure faster than others. But to be safe we always say 7 days.

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u/realityinabox 10d ago

Idk, that second link still feels like watching paint dry

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u/bearbarebere 9d ago

That's because it literally is

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u/xoharrz 10d ago

wheres the rickroll op

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u/UPdrafter906 9d ago

Seriously feel like I’ve been bamboozled out of my rick. I watched all three of those and no roll to show.

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u/alstrause 9d ago

Those are awesome. Thanks!

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u/jellyjollygood 9d ago

omg, who knew?? that third video is amazing :)

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u/broccoli-love 9d ago

That was almost as cool as watching paint dry

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u/lux_painted 9d ago

My boss: what did you get done today. Me: I... was busy.

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u/acog 9d ago

Check out this close up video of gold ink drying. It’s beautiful!

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u/ButtScientist69 10d ago

it looks like frosting. I want to eat this.

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u/damonoribello 9d ago

Yes and then watch a tree and a squid make passionate love to one another.

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u/JudyxMoody 10d ago

THESE are the gel pens that I miss!

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u/kermityfrog 10d ago

The pen is now out of ink.

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u/_121 10d ago

downvote farmer

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u/theartoflsd 10d ago

What’s even the point of farming downvotes?

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u/madalienmonk 10d ago

To raise awareness for Autism I think

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u/bobofartt 9d ago

Holy shit. This is the funniest comment I can remember seeing on Reddit. Good god.

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u/I-might-get-banned 10d ago

Upvoted because fuck it

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u/bobnine 10d ago

how do you know they're a farmer? and why would you downvote someone just because they're a farmer? we wouldn't have any food without farmers!

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u/kermityfrog 10d ago

Obviously lobbying by the ink farmers association. Run out of ink, farm more, sell, profit.

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u/adhdBoomeringue 10d ago

How do you know that we wouldn't have any food without farmers?

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u/WhiteLex 10d ago

At what point does your life become so pathetic you think to yourself "I'll become a Reddit troll"? Gotta be rough man.

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u/xKevinn 10d ago

I think you're just an idiot.

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u/Deadsteel52 10d ago

Do people actually follow trolls because they think they're funny?

damn people have low bars for comedy lol this shit isn't funny

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u/Pleasebother 10d ago

What’s the name?

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u/Samboni94 10d ago

Don't know much about gel pens myself, but my gf specifically gets only Gelly Roll when she gets gel pens. Not exactly the cheapest, but apparently really high quality

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u/redditor-for-2-hours 10d ago

Gelly Roll is great. I have one that I got 22 years ago and it still works. Obviously, I didn't use it that often considering I still have ink, but the fact that it never dried out after 2 decades is something.

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u/StarsDreamsAndMore 9d ago

When I was 5-6 my Grandma passed away. When we cleaned out her house she had a purple pen. It didn't write but I'd never seen a purple pen so I kept it. Kid stuff ya know. Anyway I kept it for years and would randomly try it here and there. Idk why?? One day out of nowhere it started working and I kept it till we moved when it got lost.

Idk why but you reminded me of this lol

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u/Pissed-Off-Panda 10d ago

Tell your girlfriend that an angry online panda thinks she’s awesome.

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u/sheiiit 10d ago

And single!

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u/The2Sohx 9d ago

As a Pringle!

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u/WackyMister 10d ago

Gel pen

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u/aManPerson 10d ago

i forgot these were a thing. thank you.

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u/TreeWithNoCoat 10d ago

Gelly Roll Glaze should provide a similar effect

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u/aManPerson 10d ago

OH MY GOSH. i forgot about these pens. thank you so much. i think a friend gave me one, or i found one in highschool and I CHERISHED it. so i guess i'm buying many of them now.

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u/heyitsmecolku 10d ago

This post and subsequent comments have reminded me of my glorious collection of gel pens from 5th grade that were stolen out of my desk one day while I was out at recess. I never got them back, either. Fuck you, Todd.

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u/skippengs 10d ago

Time we pay Todd a visit. And demand your pens back!

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u/alstrause 9d ago

Todd is THE WORST. I'll find some dog poo, paper bags, and a lighter if you want to look up where he lives now and send a message (Not really though)

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u/needs_a_name 9d ago

It's always Todd

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u/ghutterbabe 9d ago

I didn't even like them. Just threw them in the trash.

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u/ZenFook 9d ago

Thanks, am gonna invest in some for my kids ever growing stationery collection. Anyone got any advice on best (or worst) kinds of paper to use this ink with please?

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u/GiveUpOn 10d ago

Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze

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u/BarnacleGo0ose 9d ago

Man, I must’ve got a shit batch of these off Amazon or something. I bought some a while back bc of the hype and they sucked so bad ):

I think there was maybe one or two pens that could actually write without gaps in the ink, and even then I wasn’t super impressed with the flow.

Hard to find a good gel pen these days. I am still trying to find some cool marbled ink ones since my last one is about to run out!

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u/nyequistt 9d ago

Head on over to jet pens, they have loads of reviews and test their products. Plus if you're in America, you can probably find the items on amazon too

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u/BarnacleGo0ose 7d ago

Thanks for this! I’m definitely gonna check that out, I’m excited! (:

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u/misspiggysmom 10d ago

Added to Amazon cart. Thank you!

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u/AGENT0321 10d ago

Thomas

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u/death_of_flats 10d ago

This is clearly a dismembered hand controlled by a robot in a ghastly mockery of what we have lost by moving to keyboards.

Great stuff.

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u/nphased 10d ago

That amount of ink coming out of the pen gives me low grade anxiety thinking about smears

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u/Blndi3 9d ago

As a lefty, same

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u/RichardsLeftNipple 10d ago

You can still get a set for like $10 at Walmart.

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u/JudyxMoody 10d ago

Do they write like these tho?

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u/trwwy321 10d ago

Probably not, but now you’re a proud owner of Walmart-quality gel pens!

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u/Mossy590 10d ago

Which are great when they're working well.

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u/Inside_Commercial 10d ago

So like, the first 2 minutes after opening?

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u/Faglord_Buttstuff 10d ago

They’re exactly like this, yes. They make a terrible mess if you’re left-handed. Not for everyday writing.

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u/RichardsLeftNipple 10d ago

$10 is a pretty cheap experiment to find out.

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u/trireme32 10d ago

I take it you’re not left-handed

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u/Rynodawg54 9d ago

As a left handed person I can only imagine this smeared across the paper and the side of my palm.

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u/trireme32 9d ago

In 4th grade we had to use those damn erasable pens, and we had to write on our loose leaf while it was secured in 3-ring binders. Absolute torture.

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u/BadNoddy 9d ago

Also as a fellow leftie I envy the ability to write in ink like this. 11/10 my effort would only be this good in pencil. Biro is the closest I'd be able to get with minimal smearing but even then I'll probably mess that up.

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u/lkjdas 10d ago

تعلم اللغة العربية

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u/Only_BlackTShirt_Guy 10d ago

Wow that ink is really wet

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u/nicktron9 10d ago

Exactly, it's totally going to smudge!

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u/Jeslovespets 10d ago

That's why I hate these types of pens so bad... just give me the cheapo free pens companies give away. They often work perfectly.

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u/PM_ME_UR_VAGENE 10d ago

Must have got it from www.penisland.net

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u/Ephandrial 10d ago

That seems like some sample website someone made for a class that isn't real

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u/sparkzsims 9d ago

“We specialize in wood”

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u/Evonos 10d ago

Pls tell me that website is ironic it looks and reads like directly out of gta v like the Internet there.

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u/mysteriousmetalscrew 10d ago

That website has been around since 2001. It's a joke that's been circulating forever. This is what people used to share via email before memes.

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u/Charlzalan 10d ago

Dude it's literally pen island

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u/T3MP0_HS 10d ago

Hello step ink

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u/ImNotASmartManBut 10d ago

Did anyone think it was going to spell "over"?

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u/mandiexile 10d ago

For a second I thought it would be oven.

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u/NacMacFeegle 10d ago

For a second I thought it would be oven.

I sincerely hope you will find your true oven one day, and that you will have a long and happy life together.

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u/trwwy321 10d ago

I want an oven that distributes heat evenly, is that too much to ask these days?

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u/IAMGINGERLORD 10d ago

I know this is slightly different but I wish the second large burner on my stove worked.

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u/MotaHead 10d ago

You can fix it. If you need parts, just yank them from the first large burner.

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u/Matti_Matti_Matti 10d ago

For me it’s the medium burner at the front. Sad.

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u/macrosofslime 9d ago

convection my friend

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u/greenGorillla 10d ago

I wanted to see an oven too... Can't bake bread in a love

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u/Crafty-Patience 10d ago

I thought it would go owo

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u/Oatybar 10d ago

yep, the Portlandia sketch was the first thing my mind leaped to.

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u/Jbinksy 10d ago

I really thought it was going to say ovelaraljetranx.

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u/Deep_Grady 10d ago

OvertDickNipple

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u/rhet17 10d ago

Hand shoots up--Me! ME!! Then it was over...

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u/Paradise_Princess 10d ago

I was expecting “over” for some reason too!

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u/drKush- 10d ago

I read it as ...ohhh...ver love . “Over love” yup

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u/Almighty_Sand_Dollar 10d ago

Love always ends so it's appropriate 👍

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u/Lketty 10d ago

No, but I’ve spent too much time on Pinterest.

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u/IndustrialThumbelina 10d ago

It’s so annoying. Probably watched this 8 times now and can’t get enough.

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u/bandofmisfits 9d ago

Then check out r/penmanshipporn

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u/IndustrialThumbelina 9d ago

Wonderful. Looks like I’m gonna watch all of these and do nothing for the rest of my life. :)

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u/missmaxalot 10d ago

Right? I’m like why do I keep watching this? Because it’s effing amazing!

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u/otterfucboi69 10d ago

The e tickles me in my nether regions

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u/Potential_Debt9639 10d ago

Meanwhile, my handwriting looks like cuneiform. And I don't mean that in a fancy way. It's a mess.

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u/Pleasebother 10d ago

I would absolutely fuck it up if I tried to write love with that pen

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u/feed_me_churros 10d ago

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u/SarcasticAutumnFae 10d ago

stunning.

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u/garenisfeeding 10d ago

Me v. the love heart she told you not to worry about.

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u/Hello-Hi-Walter 10d ago

I guess sperms kinda fit the theme, so well done?

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u/40325 10d ago

write slower and more deliberately.

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u/_nod 10d ago

Anybody know what brand gel pen this is?

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u/TreeWithNoCoat 10d ago

Gelly Roll Glaze

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u/colour_fun 9d ago

Whelp, there goes my budget for the day.

Thank you kind stranger.

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u/greyrobot6 10d ago

Is it kerning when it’s hand written? Because that spacing is really doing it for me.

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u/Other-Cantaloupe4765 10d ago

If anyone wants to see more stuff like this (like I suddenly did so I just now dug up some good penmanship/calligraphy subs):

r/penmanshipporn r/handwriting r/calligraphy

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u/merrell0 10d ago

what happened to the popularity of these subs? I remember at least seeing a pen post hit /r/all weekly but then it just fizzled a year or so ago

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u/ataraxic89 10d ago

I think reddit is totally fucked its front page algorithm.

Many of these subs have millions of people but often only have posts <100 or >10,000 karma.

I often will go months without seeing posts from big active subs then go to them and see theyve been fully active the whole time.

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u/se7enonesixxx 10d ago

Probably for the best. Niche subs that get popular enough to hit r/all quickly degrade after doing so. I don't have any evidence, just an observation.

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u/poisionde 10d ago

All the serious calligraphers moved off r/calligraphy to r/scribes after classic mod drama and reddits super old rules about seniority

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u/FirstFarmOnTheLeft 10d ago

Joined them all, thank you!

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u/Cpt_Mike_Apton 10d ago

Man, I really wanted them to write "oven".

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u/Azumi_Lynn 10d ago

Is it wrong that I kinda want to taste the ink?

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u/puddlejumpers I'm Oddly Satisfying, Too 10d ago

Forbidden icing

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u/Ski-Bummin 10d ago

IS IT WORTH IT CAN YOU EVEN HEAR ME

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u/Tall_trees_cold_seas 9d ago

STANDING WITH YOUR SPOTLIGHT ON ME

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u/sliceofamericano 10d ago

Q: How old are you?

A: I am Gel pens years old.

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u/Ayamehoujun 10d ago

Did you also nhave a friend who would write her notes super neat and using multiple gel pen colors? Bullet journaling before it was cool.

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u/ruu-ruu 10d ago

This is extremely dissatisfying being left-handed, that ink is going to be on everything and everywhere in every point of your existence

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u/geograce 9d ago

I had to scroll down way too far for this comment

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u/Snoo36988 10d ago

That’s so sweet. 🥰

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u/pmcd_com 10d ago

That cat is going places!

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u/Mecmecmecmecmec 10d ago

I hate when ink sits on top of the paper

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u/[deleted] 10d ago

I can smell this video! The smelly gel pens are apparently forever etched in my memory

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u/KeyAdministration900 10d ago

Oh sure... in the hands of someone with good handwriting... sure... but give me that motherfucker and you won't think it's so elegant anymore. This person could write like this with sidewalk chalk

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u/Ok_Tumbleweed_2689 10d ago

I want to smear this soooo bad.

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u/ChaoticDucc 10d ago

why was i expecting "owo"?

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u/QuarterTarget 10d ago

I thought it was gonna say owo

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u/yee-rissa 10d ago

Same lmao

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u/chapmanator 10d ago

‘What does ove mean? Over? Oven? Oh is this gonna be a heart? Oh love! But how are they gonna fit an L in there? Ohhhh, nice’

Man, that was one hell of a ride

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u/[deleted] 10d ago

THAT'S A WHOLE LOTTA INK COMING OUT. THAT THING WON'T LAST AT THAT RATE.

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u/Pleasebother 9d ago

Since this has blown up, I want to clear that it’s not my video, I have not made it. I received it on my WhatsApp and I really liked it. Hence, I posted it here. I tried to search the creator of the video but failed to do so. If anyone knows the original creator, please do mention them.

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u/doomsdaymelody 10d ago

Ovary.

Oven.

Aw fuck, it’s love. Time to reevaluate my life.

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u/kidcribbage 9d ago

My 4 year old saw me watch this, she’s obsessed to learn how to make it now!

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u/ArchaicWolf21 9d ago

This person has remarkable hand control

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u/mindfulmiss 10d ago

I squiggly-L-ove this

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u/wasteofahumanbeing 10d ago

Aaa that was so clean 🤩

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u/Sirpatron1 10d ago

Drag your finger across.

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u/johnniewastaken 10d ago

I were expecting "over"

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u/Rainbow_Calx 10d ago

Fuck it didn’t spell “OWO”

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u/cerdcerdm 10d ago

Like a perfect qtip in the ear

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u/heidniks 9d ago

What brand are these?

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u/Asunder_ 9d ago

As a lefty this going to get all over my hand, the paper, the desk, and somehow my clothes.

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u/mtsmash91 9d ago

“Over”.... oh wait it’s heart must be love at the end somehow.

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u/PurpleOwlBlueEyes 9d ago

Looks like icing on a cake

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u/ARx12 9d ago

I can’t sleep until I have that pen.

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u/itsmythrowawaysayhey 10d ago

Commenting to know the pen too. I have terrible penmanship but it looks cool.

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u/EndVry 10d ago

It's just a gel pen.

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u/SpaceCowboy2177 10d ago

Why are people down voting this guy? it really is just a gel pen

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u/EndVry 10d ago

Yeah I don't get it. it's just a generic run of the mill gel pen.

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u/MKuin 10d ago

It doesn’t actually look that run-of-the-mill, though? I’ve never seen a gel pen so liquid-y before, it’s like a mix between a gel pen and a fountain pen.

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u/EndVry 10d ago

The ink looks exactly like every run of the mill gel pen I've ever used.

I think you've just never noticed before because you weren't seeing it so close up like in the video.

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u/Mays2020plus 10d ago

Is it one of those fancy, expensive gel pens?

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u/Lavenderixin 10d ago

I’m kinda upset the heart isn’t closed properly

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u/TheRealRickC137 9d ago

My ex and I used to write words on each other's bare backs with our fingers and try to guess what the word was. It wasn't guessing the correct word, it was just that sensual feeling of someone's finger gently tracing across your bare skin.