Tools of the trade?

Just wondering what everyone uses when writing shorthand--pen or pencil. I've read that using a pencil will slow you down and to always use a pen, then I've read other places about people using a pencil, so I thought I'd see what everyone here thinks about the subject. I'm using a cheapo Bic ballpoint right now, and it seems fine, but I thought I'd ask about everyone's preferences here just for fun.

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