This is another instalment of my favourite stationery items, this time, pens. I thought it would be a short list. But after I had collected them all up from various journals and pencil cases, there were actually quite a few. There’s some that I really like and I buy them on repeat, or buy refills for them if I can. Others that I don’t use as often but still, I keep them handy.
So without further ado, in no particular order:
- Muji gel ink ballpoint pen, cap type, 0.38mm. This is the pen I keep in the pen loop of my planner. I love the super-fine tip and the ink. Muji pens are easy to come by if you live close to one of their stores, but they’re also available on amazon.
- Uniball Signo 207 or 307 retractable gel pen, 0.5mm. This is the pen I use most frequently, I have one in every pencil case plus others lying around. I must have bought a big pack of them at one time, and I have a package of refills too.
- Pilot G2 retractable premium gel ink roller ball 0.38mm. This is possibly my very favourite gel pen. A 0.38mm tip is my favourite and the pen body is the most comfortable in this list. I only have a couple and I keep misplacing them, but I don’t want to buy more whilst I have so many of the Uniballs. In the meantime I’ve been using them with Uniball refills in them.
- Platinum Preppy fountain pen, black centre, extra fine nib. I haven’t gone down the road of collecting fountain pens and inks. But writing with a fountain pen is lovely. This is about the least expensive one on the market but it writes beautifully.
- Sakura Pigma Micron. These can be found in any office or art supply store. They come in different numbers which I haven’t entirely figured out, not being an artist. My current package is 08. They’re waterproof, so they’re nice to use with other mediums like paint or glue and they won’t run.
And honourable mention to three other pens:
A white Uniball Signo gel pen, 1.0mm, which I don’t use very often but when you need a white pen, this is the one to use.
Also a random mustard or sienna coloured gel pen which I bought here. It only has Japanese kanji on it so I can’t find it online, but the “camel yellow” from this set might be similar. On the infrequent occasions I want a pen that’s not black, this is the one I use. Not all pens need to be name brand. If you like it then you like it.
And finally, the Tombow Fudenesuke brush pen with a firm nib. I’ve had this for a long time. It’s meant for brush lettering but I found it hard to use. Recently I’ve been practicing more and I think I’m getting better. The trick is to write incredibly slowly.
The life lesson I’ve learned is to stop buying pens I don’t like.
Stationery In The Photo
- pens all linked above
- pencil case
- skeleton clips
- date stamp
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