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Posted 1/27/2013 by LilacGal in General Scrappin'
 

LilacGal
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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:39:24 PM
Hi Peas!

I need a good, basic black pen. I've used the Zig Millenium pens and most recently the Copic Multiliners. I'm discovering though, especially with Project Life, I end up doing a bunch of journaling at once. This is leading to flat spots on those pens. The next time I pick up the pen, it writes funny if I don't find that same flat spot. Does that make sense?

I need a pen that won't leave me with flat spots. I guess I'm looking for a ball point type? I don't know. That's why I'm turning to the amazing Peas (that could be a band name!). With buying the bigger pack of the Copic Multiliners, I discovered I really liked the 0.8 and 1.0 widths. Does anyone have some suggestions for me?

Thanks!

GeorgiaMolly
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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Posted: 1/27/2013 12:55:50 PM
I do a lot of writing and I've been liking the Pilot G-2 07 pen. Use it for everything, even art journals. Readily available in office supplies stores/some grocery stores. Very smooth; nice, dark black ink, and it's cheap!

Pridemom
Pride of the Peas

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December 2001
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Posted: 1/27/2013 2:32:10 PM
I also like the Pilot G2 pens. And they come in so many fun colors.
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LilacGal
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August 2002
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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:30:43 PM
Are they acid free?

joelsgal
Not so clever.

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August 2004
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Loc: Chicago

Posted: 1/27/2013 3:34:02 PM
Uniball Signo comes in black. I like that pen a lot.

gothamgal
StuckOnPeas

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June 2007
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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:00:09 PM
Pilot and uniball are great however, I've been LOVING my AC Precision pen, too!!!

GeorgiaMolly
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

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December 2003
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Posted: 1/27/2013 6:08:03 PM
Pilot G-2 is acid free.

Molly

bluestardesign
Garden Girl

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August 2002
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Loc: Colorado

Posted: 1/27/2013 9:05:56 PM
My favorite black pens are American Crafts slick writers (fine point), AC Precision Pens (.03 mm), and the Uniball Signo (it writes so smoothly but seems to run out of ink quickly!)
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anandirc
1 Pea, 2 Pea, Red Pea, Blue Pea

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Posted: 1/27/2013 9:14:06 PM
Target had a huge multi pack of the Pilot G2s in a rainbow of colors. I love those pens!

meagan82one
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May 2012
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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:06:52 PM
I just purchased a marvy "le pen" and absolutely love it. It writes winderfully and for some reason it seems to improve my handwriting. (I wonder if thats just in my head?) And it is acid free.

princesspaperlover
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February 2008
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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:38:41 PM
Love Sakura micron pens all sizes. Last forever and Joann sells a pack of black with all the tip widths. My AC precision pens are constantly drying out too quickly I also like Stampin Up markers. Nice tips on them. I'm a demo if u need someone

don92340
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Posted: 1/27/2013 11:46:48 PM
NO BALLPOINT PENS!!! They leave indentations and the ball does always not roll on slick surfaces. Ever sign a slick receipt with a ballpoint pen?

angelyDK
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March 2010
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Loc: Denmark

Posted: 1/28/2013 12:05:12 AM
I love the pen from Smash books. That's the one I reach for every time
For photos or other slick surfaces I use AC slick writer.
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angelyDK
PeaNut

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March 2010
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Loc: Denmark

Posted: 1/28/2013 12:05:21 AM
I love the pen from Smash books. That's the one I reach for every time
For photos or other slick surfaces I use AC slick writer.
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hollystar
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April 2008
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Loc: scotts valley, ca

Posted: 1/28/2013 2:32:45 AM
i love the medium (08) black gelly roll pens. LOVE

Jjmikrut143
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September 2012
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Posted: 1/28/2013 5:20:48 AM
I have tried every pen under the sun & my favorite has to be the AC precision pens! I have the set in black with the different size tips, I also bought a few back up sets when SC had a half off sale on pens a while back, that's how much I love them. I also like the copic multi liner not for journaling but for doodling around the page or around photos for some reason I get the best results with only that pen! I also do alot of journaling at one time and have never had a problem with the AC pens being flat! It could also be the amount of pressure your applying to the pen when writing... Take note on that the next time you write something and then choose a pen accordingly! My biggest problem is I HATE my hand writting especially when I use fine tipped pens or markers! But I can't just use a regular medium ball point pen because I feel like the ink isn't dark enough so that's why I like the AC for the different size options! AC slick writers are great too! But honestly everyone is gonna tell you something different because everyone has there own style and way for journaling and the pens they love to use, I would buy a few different ones to see which ones you like that most! HTH

caspad
peas&crackers

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April 2000
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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:49:01 PM
I like the Zig Millennium (I am using the same ones since 2004!), the Sakura Micron Pigma and the Bic Mark-it.

For shiny surfaces I like the Bic Mark-it and the American Crafts Slick Writer (though they dry up/run out pretty fast)
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rainbowmix
PeaWee

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December 2012
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Posted: 1/28/2013 12:58:58 PM
I'm partial to the Pilot G-2 0.35 pens. I loved the Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens too, but they are a little harder to find and are pricier. The G-2's are available in Staples.

JenBoom
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July 2005
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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:09:17 PM
I love the Sharpie pens for PL journaling. They are acid free, don't bleed and have a firmer tip than the Pigmas or Precision pens do last longer. And, at less than $1 a pen can't beat them (I buy 12 packs on Amazon).
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desdichaedo
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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:31:49 PM
My favorite pens are the Zig Millennium and the Sakura Pigma Micron pens. I have both the Zig and Sakura in black multi-packs with nib sizes from .005 to .08. I also have the Sakura Microns in a multi-pack of typical fountain pen ink colors in the .05 nib (brown, burgundy, red, blue, etc.).

If you're having problems with the Zig Millennium pens flattening out after marathon journaling, it's possible you might have the same problem with the Sakura Micron Pens. Then have a very similar point on the end.

The other pens I like to use for journaling are the Zig Writer "ColorTwin" markers. They have a fine point on one end and a bullet point on the other. I got a 48 color pack over five years ago & they are still going strong (I almost never use the bullet point).

I use the Zig Writers when I want a brighter color of journaling than the typical "pen" colors. These nibs are not the same as the Micron and Millennium pens. They are much firmer and the felt nib is not as exposed. They might be a good fit, especially if you would like a variety of colors and are happy with the Zig brand.
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