8 Pentastic PensJune 20, 2017December 17, 2019Sky

When you are a planner addict it is almost impossible for you not to become obsessed with planner accessories.  To be honest when I first started planning I did not understand the need or desire for lots of pens or even washi tape.  Was there any doubt that it would happen and I would get sucked in to the pen fascination and have my own rainbow pen collection?  I have tried several different brands of pens and I always come back to these top 5 that I prefer to use.

Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens

#1 Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens


  • Dries 3x faster for reduced smearing
  • Comes in lots of different color options
  • Available in 0.5 mm fine point or 0.7mm medium point
  • Writes smooth so the ink just flows across the page.

I find myself reaching for these pens most and if I could only have one brand of pen it would be this one.


Pilot G2 Pens

#2 Pilot G2 Pens


  • Writes 2X longer than other branded gel pens
  • Contoured rubber grip for writing comfort
  • Available in 0.5 mm fine point or 0.7mm medium point
  • Retractable and refillable for continued use

This is my second favorite brand; it is very similar as it writes just as smooth as the papermate inkjoy. The only difference is that feels different in my hand.

TUL Retactable Gel Pens

#3  Tul Retractable Gel Pens

  • Comfortable Grip
  • Doesn’t bleed through paper
  • Dries quickly
  • Writes smoothly
  • Available in 0.5mm fine point and 0.7mm medium point

When I have a lot of writing to do and I want precision ink that flows nicely and not very thick, I turn to this brand.  It has all the benefits as the first two and stays within my reach.

Sharpie Finepoint Pens

#4 Sharpie Finepoint Pens

  • Water and smear-resistant marker pens
  • Delivers the same bold, smooth, high-quality writing experience with the performance of a pen that doesn’t bleed through paper
  • Durable, fine tip delivers precise and consistent writing with minimal effort
  • Acid free and non-toxic

I recently just discovered this brand and I have found that I like to use this pen on my gloss stickers in my planner and when I need a bold statement.


Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

#5 Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

  • Point Guard to prevent the tip from fraying even after repeated use
  • Quick-drying, water-based ink resists smearing
  • Specially designed ink will not bleed through paper
  • Medium point produces bold and expressive lines

I must admit that I was not very impressed with this pen.  I actually returned the purchase because of my dislike for them.  I know several planners that love this pen and swear by it.  Unfortunately it was just not for me.

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

#6 Staedtler Triplus Fineliner

  • Water-based ink is in an ergonomic triangular shape pen for relaxed and easy writing
  • Can be left uncapped for days without drying up
  • Available in 0.3mm fine point

When I tried this pen I quickly found it wasn’t for me because the way ink flowed was too thin and I’m not a big fan of the .3mm point.


Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens

#7 Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens

  • Combines the convenience of a retractable with the incredible FriXion erasable gel ink
  • Erase and rewrite repeatedly without damaging documents – Eraser is at the top of the pen, tip is retractable by pressing clip down
  • Unique Thermo-Sensitive gel ink formula disappears with erasing friction

At first I was amazed that this pen actually erased the ink without destroying the paper.  If you are a pencil user, this pen might be for you.  My biggest dislike of this pen was that in extreme heat the ink would disappear.  If only they could figure out a way to make the ink stay in heat, I might like this pen a lot more.


Big Diamond/Crystal – Metal Ballpoint

#8 Big Diamond / Crystal – Metal Ballpoint

Recently, I was introduced to these pens and I fell in love.  They are so pretty, write smoothly and fit nicely in my pen holder for my deluxe planner covers.  Me being me, I had to research and find out more information about them.  Because I love this pen so much I decided to sell them in my shop.  Effective next week, these pens will be available for purchase at My Life Planners Etsy Shop.

My Pen Collection

There are so many brands of pens out on the market and what it all comes down to is your personal preference in what you like.  Hopefully, my reviews have given you new insight into a pen before you buy.  Until next time.


Happy Planning,