Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

The Best Pens For School, Work and Home From Paper Mate To Pilot

The pen is mightier than the sword, but depending on your writing (or fighting) style, the type of pen you use is up to personal preference. While many of us spend our lives in search of the perfect pen (it’s right up there with finding the perfect bathing suit and perfect pair of jeans), sometimes there’s not just one pen that can fulfill every need. There’s a reason children’s pencil cases are so big. Life needs a lot of different writing instruments.

The world of pens is a vast one, but we’ve narrowed down the list to include our favorite pens for journaling, note-taking, drawing, doodling, and helping to keep us organized. Two of the pens we’ve highlighted come in a wide rainbow of colors, making them great study aids, helping to organize calendars, excellent for school assignments, and featuring fine tips that are appropriate for older kids, teens and adults.

We’ve also included a black gel rollerball pen that we love for everyday writing and drawing, with the G2 pen better suited for high school students and older. With quick-drying and long-lasting ink, these pens will keep users going through exams, long nights of studying, and busy board meetings.

Whether you want to add some color to your notes or finally find the pen you’ve been searching for, we’ve got you covered with three great options.


1. Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Featuring 12 vibrant colors that are fade and smear-resistant (yay left-handed writers!) Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens are great for drawing, doodling, and color-coding notes.

Pros: The Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens uses water-based ink, which means no bleeding through pages, making these colorful pens a great option for notebooks and journals. The pens feature a point guard, which keeps the tips from fraying and extends the life of pens.

Cons: Because these pens are a marker style, they aren’t as fast to write with as a traditional pen.

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2. Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens

Write quickly and cleanly with the Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens, the longest-lasting gel ink pen on the market. The Pilot comes in a 12-pack with pens that are ideal for note-taking, bullet journaling, and everyday writing, with the comfortable grip perfect for all-day use. The rollerball delivers a smooth and even finish and we like that the retractable style means there’s no fear of losing your lid.

Pros: The G2 has a plastic barrel, which makes the pen lightweight. Many customers also like to use G2s for drawing. Left-handed writers will be happy to know the ink in the G2 dries quickly.

Cons: The 12-pack only contains black pens, although the Pilot is available in 27 colors.

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Roller Ball Pens

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3. iBayam Journal Planner Pens

Color code your journal and calendar with the iBayam Journal Planner Pens, which features a fine tip that creates perfect penmanship and fine lines. Made with acid-free ink, the iBayam has minimal bleed through and the pens are stored in a clear vinyl bag for easy transport and quick reference.

Pros: With 18 colors in one set, the iBayam offers the widest variety of color options on our list. The iBayam has a finer tip than the Paper Mate, which makes them better suited for writing and fine line drawing as opposed to the Paper Mate’s thicker tip, which works well for filling in images with color.

Cons: Some customers complained that the pens aren’t well-equipped for journaling because of the drag when writing, and their tendency to bleed through paper.

iBayam Journal Planner Pens

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Allison Bowsher

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