I like pens. I’d say it’s a fairly common addiction among writers and academics (or nerds in general), and I am all these things.
I went through my collection and identified my pens of choice.
In no particular order…
Stabilo point 88 (in mini and regular) – colored ink
I’m especially partial to pinks, purples, and green in this range. I pick these up at my local Michael’s, but have also bought the minis on Amazon (if you have pen friends, the minis make great gifts). Will ghost through thin paper.
PaperMate InkJoy retractable ballpoint pens – colored ink
Bright colors and smoothie smooth ink. These are great for color-coding. I like the gels too, but the ballpoint pens won’t bleed through delicate notebook paper. I buy the 8-packs.
TUL retractable pens – black gel ink
I use these exclusively for my nightly journal. The ink is stark black and quick-drying. It will ghost through thin journal pages, but I’ve never had it bleed. All in all, A+. You can find these at Office Depot or Amazon (the white barrel was a special edition that I refill).
Sakura Pigma Micron 05 – purple and black ink
Microns are the darlings of ink-based artist (or so it seems). The 05 tip is the perfect thickness for a nice, bold line without scratching (common with the thinner tips). No bleed or smearing, but will ghost through thin paper. I usually buy these at Hobby Lobby or Michaels, but Amazon has them in packs.
Who does not love a Ticonderoga? I prefer pens, but when I want a pencil, I reach for these. I am especially attached to the ones I find around campus (it’s like the fry at the bottom of the bag).
Are you a pen addict? What are you favorite brands? Let me know 🙂