In the advent of so many gel pens, the ballpoint pens get left behind. One of the problem we often encounter with ballpoint pens is how sticky the inks are. Zebra F-301 is very smooth and almost as smooth as a gel pen.
When I worked at a big box store of office supplies, I have met this guy who works as a trucker. He said all of his trucker friends only buy this pen. I have also met a couple of traveling nurses and they too, use this Zebra ballpoint pen.
It starts right up and never skips. It's not the darkest ink I've used, but it's not a big deal to me. The pen is made of metal with a knurled, plastic grip for non-slip feel. Unfortunately, for dry hands or older hands like mine, I prefer a thicker body, so I wrap mine with one piece of rubber band on the grip area or you can get a pencil pillow to improve the grip.
It really has a good cult following. It's available at Wal-Mart, but not at Target. More expensive at Office Depot or Staples.