Ah. I love pens. I can’t go into a store without looking in the pen aisle. I’ve had my fair share of pens that are disappointing. Especially ones that seem like they would be good and just didn’t deliver. So I wanted to share with you my favorite pens. These are my go-to pens when I pull out my planner. The ones that I know will deliver every time.
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There are so many options out there. And even within certain brands and styles there are some that are good, and others that are just disappointing.
Cello Smooth Pens
Starting with the most basic, I love the Cello Smooth pens! And the best part is how inexpensive these usually are! I have found them at Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Office Depot. Keep in mind though, if you find them at Office Depot, they are Office Depot brand, not Cello. But it is the same pen. I’ve tried both and they work just the same. They are incredibly smooth ball point pens! And while the ink is always black, the barrel comes in beautiful colors!
Pilot FriXion Gel Pens
When I was in school, we had erasable pens. They were awful. They smelled bad. And you could only get them in black, blue, and red.
Pilot FriXion Gel Pens are NOT those pens. These ones work, and they have no noticeable smell. Although they still come in the classic black, blue, and red, you can also find them in a variety of other colors. The easiest to find in stores are pink, purple, and light blue, but you can find a better variety on Amazon.com.
These are great to use in my planner when something could be changed or cancelled. Or when I want to write it in but know that I will rearrange my page later when I decorate it.
The downside is that they don’t seem to last as long as I’d like. Maybe I just used it a lot, but the ink ran out faster with these than any other pens. Also, there is a little bit of a weird feel when you erase something and try to write over it. Overall though, for me that isn’t a deal breaker. I still love these pens and will continue to buy them.
Next on the list would be the Sharpie Pens. When I first tried these, I was expecting them to be more like the extra fine tip Sharpies. But they are not! They are a felt tip, but it is sharp and clear. It doesn’t spread or bleed through like Sharpie Markers do. The inks come in many colors, but my favorites are classic black, purple, and the tropical set.
When borrowing a pen from a friend, I discovered Pentel EnerGel Pens. I loved it so much, within a couple of days I had bought some for myself. These are a gel pen, with a smooth, sharp gel ink. The black and blue colors are easy to find, but it took a little more work to hunt down the colors. One of the things I love about these is that you can purchase refills for them, which is a money-saver in the long run.
PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pens
The pen that I feel is the most popular, is popular for a reason. And that would be Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens. Inkjoy also has a ballpoint pen, but it fell short of impressing me like the gel pens did. When I finally decided to see why everyone was raving about these pens, I purchased a small pack of three and was sold! Within a couple weeks I had bought the large 12 pack. Yesterday, I saw a 16 pack that is now on my wishlist!
Like the other pens, these have such smooth writing! And the colors are so vibrant! They come in both .5mm and .7mm. I prefer the .7 because I like bolder pens, but both are great to write with!
There are so many great pens out there! It was hard to choose my favorites! But these are the ones that I always have with me, and use them all the time.
Which are your favorites? What makes a great pen for planners?
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