Hi, my name is Kate and I am a pen addict. My addiction started in high school when my mom gifted me two Costco packs of Pilot G2 pens for Christmas. I still use those pens today and now, I have so much more! I wanted to show you guys all the pens that I use and what I like or don’t like about each ones.
Pentel Fude Touch Sign Pens
These are my go-to, favorite brushlettering pens. Any recent lettering I have been doing my bujo has most likely been with these. I love them so much, that I use them in my school notes as well to make them look extra fancy.
- Incredibly smooth writing, especially in a Leuchtturm1917 notebook
- The tip responds easily to pressure changes, but gives enough resistance to create smooth lettering
- Comes in twelve bright colors
- They’re sparkly! ;P
- They are very difficult to find for a reasonable price. Amazon has single pens for $5! I found all 12 on Etsy for ~$20 (worth every penny)
- The black pen for some reason is incredibly inky so it takes some time to dry
- Beware of the difference between Pentel Sign pens and Pentel Fude Sign pens – only the fude are actually brush pens
I like using these pens for color coding and accent colors because they are 0.7 mm point and that allows me to write in smaller words than headers. I mostly use these for dailies.
- Super smooth writing, especially when writing cursive!
- So many different colors!
- Has a few sizes – 0.38 mm, 0.5 mm, 0.7 mm, and 1.0 mm. My favorite size is the 0.7 mm, but I do use my black 1.0 for a more bolded look.
- Smears easily
- Some colors stop working if used a lot even though they are not out of ink
Tombow Dual Brush Pens
I like using this pens for my main header and bolder colored lines. They create a thick line that helps create some really pretty brushlettering.
- Dual tipped with a nylon fiber brush tip on one end and a fine-tip point on the other
- Comes in a variety of color packs like pastels, bright, primary colors, secondary colors, and greyscale. I have the primary color pack and really want the greyscale for shadowing.
- Don’t bleed through my bujo
- Colors stay bright even after being mixed
- Kinda of expensive (the primary on Amazon is $15 for a 10-pack)
- It takes a lot of practice to get the brush tip to letter well, if you do it wrong, the tip begins to fray and doesn’t give a clean line
Although I don’t use these much in my bullet journal, I love using these to help me spruce up my school notes. I am very much a learner by color so I use them to color code subjects or highlight important information.
- Dual-tipped with a highlighter on one end and a finepoint on the other
- 3-packs of different colors (my favorite is the pastel pack!)
- Can have dark or bright colors
- Don’t smear ink when used as a highlighter (except the bright yellow)
- Good price for the quality (~$16 on Amazon for all 15 colors)
- If you push too hard, they will bleed through a Leuchtturm page
- Not good for coloring because the more they overlap, the more they bleed
- The finepoint end frays too fast for my taste (but that may be from how I hold my pens)
Staedtler Triplus Fineliners
When I first started bullet journaling, I heard that these were amazing pens so I bought a four pack of the black ones on sale at Target for about $5. Now, I absolutely love them! I am saving up for the full color pack now because they are awesome! My mom has the 36 colors pack and I love borrowing them for fun lettering and accents.
- SOOOO many color choices!
- My black 4-pack came in this cool little case that lets you prop the pens up so that you can easily take them in and out
- I can leave the cap off all day and they won’t dry out!
- Fine tip of 0.3 mm allows for fine precision in detailed work
- The tips break off easily, I went through the four tips in four months
- Once the tips break off, the only way to write with them is completely vertically
- A little expensive for a college budget for all the colors (~$40 on Amazon for 42)
I hope this helps in choosing the pen that’s right for you! I’m always looking to expand my hoard, so if you have any recommendations, please! Let me know!