Bullet Journal

My Pen Hoard

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.

Likes:

  • 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

Dislikes:

  • 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
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12-pack of Pentel Fude Touch sign pens

Pilot G2s

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.

Likes:

  • 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.

Dislikes:

  • Smears easily
  • Some colors stop working if used a lot even though they are not out of ink
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Before I had brush pens, I used all these to add faux calligraphy to my headers

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.

Likes:

  • 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

Dislikes:

  • 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
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Tombow Primary colors with blending pen

Zebra Mildliners

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.

Likes:

  • 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)

Dislikes:

  • 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)
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Zebra Mildliners clockwise from left – blue pack, pink pack, yellow pack

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.

Likes:

  • 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

Dislikes:

  • 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)
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Used the 36-color pack to doodle Disney!

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!

Write on!

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