Top Five Tuesday: Pens

Happy Top Five Tuesday! For this edition, I thought I would share my favorite pens (that aren’t fountain pens, as I will share those in another post). Much like my Top Five Pencils, my taste in pens tends to be pretty uniform: pens that are simple, have nice ink, are smooth or easy to use, and are durable.


Muji Gel Pen – 05 with Black Ink

This pen is my favorite go-to pen. I always have at least one or two with me at all times. I used to buy them in packs when I lived near a Muji, and now that I don’t I always buy a ton whenever I am at a Muji. However, you can also order them on Amazon. If I had to choose one pen to use for the rest of my life, it would be this one.


Pilot G2 – Purple

I describe myself as a prolific purple pen user, and the purple pen in question is this Pilot G2. The G2 is a pretty iconic pen, and one that is fairly ubiquitous. It comes in many colors and different tip sizes, but I am partial to this purple. I like this color because it’s more of a magenta-y purple, as opposed to a deep bluish purple that I see in a lot of pens. When I feel like using a colorful pen, I reach for this one.


Pilot Precise V5

This is the smoothest roller ball pen I have ever used, and I love the needle tip. I use it for writing notes at work, journaling, doodling, drawing, and hand-lettering. The ink is really nice and dark, and it is so smooth. You can buy them pretty much anywhere – I tend to buy boxes of them from any office supply store.


Tous les Jours Ballpoint Pen

Some situations just call for a ballpoint pen, and when those situations arise I reach for my Tous les Jours ballpoint. It’s slim, so it doesn’t take up much room in my pen case, the needle tip is smooth despite being so thin, and the french writing is just a really cute added bonus. These are more rare than the other pens on this list, but they do come in a variety of colors. Plus they kind of look like pencils, which is fun.


Sakura Pigma Micron 03

I knew I needed to have a fineliner pen on this list, because they are by far my most used pen. The 03 tip size is the perfect width for me, as the 01 tends to break under my heavy hand, and the 05 looks too thick for me. I chose the Sakura Pigma Micron pen because it’s widely available – you can find them at art supply stores and hobby stores as well as online – the ink is waterproof, fade proof, and the ink is archival. The black ink is one of the most saturated I’ve used, and I enjoy using this pen for writing, drawing, and completing my #dailydoodlesquares that I share on Instagram.


There are other pens that I would put on this list, like a Bic Crystal ballpoint pen (which I love to use for drawing!), or Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens, but for every day use these Top Five cover all my needs. What would be on your Top Five Pens list?

Top Five Tuesday: Pencils

Happy Tuesday! Since Friday this week is International Pencil Day, I thought I would start off my “Top Five Tuesday” series with one of my most recent stationery obsessions: The pencil. As you can see, my taste in pencils is pretty simple: I like aesthetically pleasing pencils, firm cores, and high quality pencils. All of these pencils are available at my favorite pencil retailer CW Pencil Enterprise, but I always recommend checking out your local art supply or stationery shop.

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My favorites are listed in no particular order, they are just the pencils that I find I enjoy the most and I reach for time and time again, especially when I’m not sure which one to use.

Blackwing 602

This pencil is probably the most iconic pencil on this list, due to its unique ferrule and as the pencil of choice for many prominent writers and artists. I personally love the core of this pencil – it’s firm enough that I don’t need to sharpen it if I write for long periods of time.


MD Paper Products 

This pencil is a little softer than what I usually go for, and I love using it on paper that’s toothier and produces a little more feedback and texture. Plus the off white color and minimal printing just makes it so lovely to look at and use.


Viking Element 1

I originally bought this pencil because it was made by Viking, and I find Vikings (the historical group of people) fascinating, and a matte black HB pencil seemed like a pretty basic pencil that would be great for work or using in my planner. I was definitely not wrong.


Craft Design Technology HB

I bought a three pack of these pencils a couple years ago in Japan, before I even used pencils for fun. There was something so appealing about these pencils – the color, the eraser without a ferrule, the simplicity – that I bought them and used them all up. They have become a go to for me for sketching or for writing, and I always have at least one in my pencil case.


Caran D’Ache Swiss Wood HB

This pencil is the most expensive of all the pencils on this list, but I find that it writes so smoothly, sharpens so nicely, and it an overall pleasure to use. The diameter is a little larger than most pencils, but not quite as large as a jumbo pencil, so it feels substantial to use without being a remarkable difference from other pencils.


There it is! My first Top Five Tuesday, all about pencils. Happy pencil sharpening! What are your favorite pencils to use?