We all have pet peeves or strong preferences in our life. It may be wrinkles in your clothes, drivers who don’t use a signal, drivers who don’t turn off their turn signals or someone shouting on their cell phone in public. One of my pet peeves are bad pens; pens drying out, skipping, smudging or leaving blobs. This was especially true when I was working full-time as an emergency manager and in the middle of an emergency. I didn’t want a pen stop working while outside on a chilly and snowy 20 degree day or receive a phone call at 2 am in the morning with no pen to write down the information. I still am selective on my pens as I am frustrated when pen ink smears on a birthday card or doesn’t work in my planner. Also being left-handed makes it difficult finding pens as well. So here is my favorite pens review with their pros and cons. Please note affiliate links are included in this post, but I am only sharing pens I would recommend to my own family and friends.
I love this ergonomic three sided pen, which work great for left handed writers. It is a water based ink with 30 color choices and a line width of .3 mm. It is a great fine tip pen that writes smoothly. If you forget to cap your pen (because I do sometimes) it won’t dry out immediately. The pens come in a great storage case and many choices in colors. It is a slim pen so if you prefer a wide pen, you want to pass on Staedtler. I have used my Staedtler in my journal, planner and also for coloring. Though you could start out with the 10 pack, but at the writing of this post it is a better deal to purchase the 20 pack.
This is another slim fine point pen with long lasting ink. What I love about Le Pen is the not only the long lasting ink but the great color choices. Le Pen has very smooth writing and a round barrel. Similar to the Statedtler, it is not a ball point pen but a marker pen. I have experienced no problems with smudging unless I write on a waxy or high gloss paper. Since it is a narrow pen it will not work well in the pen loop for Foxy Fix and Chic Sparrow. The Le Pen 10 pack is a great option to begin with.
PaperMate InkJoy Gel
After using marker pens with caps I began missing using a clickable pen, however many of the ballpoint pens in the past would have the issues I listed previously. My mind was changed by the PaperMate InkJoy Gel pen. It is .5 mm line width and the barrel is wider than the Staedtler and Le Pen. I really enjoy the bright color ink and the lack of smearing and smudges. It easily fits into the pen loop of my Foxy Fix and Chic Sparrow. As with the pens listed before, it will smear when writing on a high gloss surface. If you want to check out this pen the PaperMate InkJoy four pack is a good option.
Pilot Frixion Clicker Pens
This is an amazing pen! It is an erasable gel pen that leaves no shavings as a pencil does. The pen uses special thermal ink that is removed by friction, so there are no erasing crumbs. It does erase well but it may leave indentations and some residual pens marks if not erased well.
I have tried the FriXion Point (.5 mm line width) which has a cap and the FriXion Ball Clicker (.7 mm line width) which is retractable. The FriXion point has a great fine tip but the ink was not vibrant or bright. The Frixion Ball Clicker was a better option for ease of use and bright ink, though I do prefer the finer .5 mm point. Your selection of color is limited to eight colors.
One word of caution, I would not use this pen for signing checks or legal documents since it is erasable. Also the ink will disappear when in a very hot environment (such as a hot car) but will reappear after being in a freezer for a short time. I love using the Pilot FriXion pen in my planner or when I am concerned about making a mistake writing. This pen is not as vibrant as the PaperMate InkJoy but having a retractable fine point erasable pen is amazing. If you have kids this could be a great pen for them to use.
Now I am looking to you, what pens do you love to use and why?