I want to spend a little time talking about…well, you know ^. I’ve always been a bit of a pen nerd, looking for new ones to try out, finding just the right one to use, etc. My discovering the Pen Addict some time ago did not help, as it led me to Jet Pens, and I’m sure you can all relate to being compelled to try all the things they have. (That’s a rabbit hole I’m not going down today…)
In the past 6-8 months, I’ve trialed several types of pens in the search for The One. I’m getting close, and I think at this point that my paper quality (that I plan to upgrade soon) is going to be the determining factor. Here is what I’ve tried:
Paper Mate Inkjoy: These were mostly a disappointment to me due to my dislike of ballpoint pens in general. I love the colors, but the thick line and tendency to spit out gobs of ink turned me off. (I ended up giving some of them to my nephews for Christmas, so they have a fair chance of being used.)
Pilot Acroball Multi Pen: This one was part of my first Jet Pens order, and I used it almost exclusively for the last couple of months. I love the ink formula, and how it writes a fine line at 0.7mm. I need it in more colors.
Pilot Frixion: These are so much better than the erasable pens I had growing up! Sadly, I emptied both the black and blue (I think) within a couple of months. Also, I find the 0.7mm gel pens to be a bit wet on paper, so if I decide to do refills I’ll have to order 0.5mm as no one carries them locally.
Uni-ball Signo 207 BLX: I love these colors, but again, they’re a bit wet on my paper. Still, they’re a nice change from plain black without being too “out there”. I’d like to try some more of the Uni-ball Signo gel pens.
Sharpie Pen: Quick-drying and available in multiple colors, these are a favorite among the planner community. I need better paper though as they do spread a bit on 20 lb paper.
Staedtler Triplus Fineliner: I just picked these up–another favorite in this community. They’re a bit finer than the Sharpie pens so they don’t spread as much. I’ve been using them off and on. I like the color selection (even though I only got a pack of 6).
American Crafts Precision Pen: I picked up one of these at A.C. Moore a while back, and I’m not impressed. Honestly, I forgot I had it.
Pilot Metropolitan: My first fountain pen. It’s grown on me with more use, but it’s another indicator that I need better paper. I think I’d also like to have a different ink color. (I decided not to order extra with the pen in case I didn’t end up liking it.) Also, I’m totally jealous of all the Retro Pops people are flaunting–I can’t justify a second fountain pen right now!
Of course these are just the pens I’ve used recently. I used to be a fan of the Pilot G2, but the 0.7mm one kills me. I want to try out some of the other fine point gel pens from Jet Pens, like the Pilot Juice.
What is your favorite or must-have pen? Tell me about it in the comments!
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