T here are a lot of journaling pens out there. But how do you know which ones are the best? Well, I have some good news for you.

I recently asked my Instagram followers which pens they LOVE to use in their bullet journal.

And guess what? I’ve summed up the top 10 answers below!

… but now I want to buy EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. 😜

Remember, it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an advanced journaler — all these pens are awesome.

Enjoy this collection and let everyone know what pens you recommend in the comments below!

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Top 10 Pens

The best of the best.

Cheap Pens

The best bang for your buck.

No Bleed Pens

These don’t bleed or smear.

Other Best Pens

Notable mentions worth your time.

Brush Pens

Perfect for modern calligraphy or brush lettering

My Favorites

I’ve tested a LOT of pens 🤣

Just so ya know, each link I provide is an affiliate link, meaning I get a tiny percentage if you click through and buy, but that’s ALL put back into the blog and giveaways. 😁

The Top 10 Pens

These pens received the highest reviews & ratings – everything from brush pens, to fine point and felt tips, to gel pens.

#1

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
.3mm, Metal Clad Tip
$18.13 for a 20-Pack

#2

Sharpie Pen
Fine Point, Black
$13.23 for 12

#3

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Wallet Set, Black
$9.56 for 4

#4

Sakura 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set Black
$6.68 for a box of 6

#5

Stabilo Pens 88-Fine Point. 30 Color Wallet of Coloring Pens/Fineline Markers
$22.50 for a box of 30

#6

Felt Tip Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point
$17.99 for a box of 24

#7

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Pens
Ultra Fine Point
$11.77 for 12

#8

Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens Fine Point
$8.50 for 8

#9

Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen Medium Nib
$17.12

#10

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers Bright
$16.88 for 10

No Bleed Pens

These pens are perfect for bible journaling or other art on thin paper – look for quality gel pens and fine points that will keep your ink from smudging or smearing.

Sharpie Pen
Fine Point, Black
$13.23 for 12

EK Tools Journaling Pens Black
$11.49 for a 5-Pack

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
.3mm, Metal Clad Tip
$18.13 for a 20-Pack

Tombow Mono Drawing Pen
(3-Pack, Black)

$8.67 for a 3-Pack

Pilot G2 Retractable Premium Gel Ink Pens
Ultra Fine Point
$11.77 for 12

Stabilo Pens 88-Fine Point. 30 Color Wallet of Coloring Pens/Fineline Markers
$22.50 for a box of 30

Brush Pens

These guys are made for modern calligraphy, brush lettering or even designing your own fonts.

Check out the video to see my brush pens in action. 😉

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers Bright
$16.88 for 10

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen
$4.39 for a 2-Pack

Royal Talens Ecoline Liquid Watercolor Brush Pens
$21.88 for a 10-Pack

Pentel Arts Sign Pen Touch, Fude Brush Tip, Fashion Colors
$11.07 Pack of 6

Artline ETX Stix Brush Connecting Pens
$21.80 for a 16-Pack

Zebra Highlighter Mildliner, 5 Color Set
$6.40

Cheap Pens

If you’re on a budget, you can find these pens on Amazon (or at Target or Walmart) for an affordable price.

I’ve bought them all and use them for everyday journaling tasks.

Stabilo Pens 88-Fine Point. 30 Color Wallet of Coloring Pens/Fineline Markers
$22.50 for a box of 30

Felt Tip Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens, Medium Point
$17.99 for a box of 24

Ballpoint Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pen 0.7mm Fine Tip, Black Ink
$7.24 for a box of 12

Other Best Pens

Here are a few more options definitely worth mentioning – these guys are multi-use and can be used on a ton of different projects, so let your creativity run wild!

Sakura 6-Piece Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set Black
$6.68 for a box of 6

Pilot FriXion Point Erasable Gel Pens
Extra Fine Point
$5.13 for a 3-Pack

TWSBI Diamond 580AL Silver Fountain Pen Nib F
$65

My Favorites

Alright, it’s time for my favorites! These are my go-to pens that I journal with all the time.

They are great for either beginners or advanced journalers… and they are worth every penny.

Sharpie Pen
Fine Point, Black
$13.23 for 12

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
Grayscale
$16.86 for a 10-Pack

Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens
.3mm, Metal Clad Tip
$18.13 for a 20-Pack

Tombow Mono Drawing Pen
(3-Pack, Black)

$8.67 for a 3-Pack

EK Tools Journaling Pens Black
$11.49 for a 5-Pack

Let’s Recap

So it turns out you guys LOVE your Pilots! This brand came in 1st, followed by the Staedtler, Sakura, Papermate and Faber Castell.

Personally, the Tombow pens are my favorite for lettering – you can use the code LIFEBYWHITNEY15 at checkout if you shop at Tombow’s USA site. You’ll save 15%!  🙌

What pens do you use? Share with us in the comments!

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