Three Pen Styles for Perfect Penmanship

You might have the best handwriting of anyone you know, so make sure the pen you use keeps it legible.

Pilot pens and journaling
Whether you’re taking notes our outlining a sketch in color, a good pen can make the job a lot easier.Pilot

For daily notetaking, artwork, or business projects, you need a pen that is up to the job. But not all writing implements are created equal. Some pens last longer, while others do a better job of smoothly laying down the ink. While the traditional ballpoint pen is certainly a good universal choice, when it comes to more specialized writing or drawing tasks, one of these options will serve you better.

Fineliner Art Pens

Fineliner Journaling pens
A fine-tip colored pen is great for doodling or artwork that requires precision lines.Fineliner

A true artist needs an assortment of pens with various tip thicknesses, but for random doodling, illustrated journals, or other flourishes of creativity, a fine-tip pen will get the most use. Water-based ink won’t bleed through as easily, and the delicate tip is perfect for line work while still being sufficient for filling and shading.

Gel-point Pens

Paper Mate gel pens
Gel-point pens smoothly roll across paper and are suited best for long-form handwriting.Paper Mate

Like the name suggests, a gel-point pen is about the smoothest writing tool you can buy. It’s excellent for repetitive writing tasks, such as daily journaling, as well as for short-order occasions like signing documents, autographs, or anything where penmanship counts.

Erasable Markers

Pilot Retractable Pents
If you think you’re going to make mistakes as you write, think about writing with an erasable pen.Pilot

For notetaking, schoolwork, and sketching, erasable pens make it easy to refine your first draft or correct mistakes on the fly. Just be careful not to store your work in a hot environment, as some users of erasable pens report disappearing ink after a few weeks in the heat.