Pen Options for the Bullet Journal

Hi there!

By now you have probably grabbed your notebook of choice and a writing instrument that you love. If you don't love it, then you're in luck! Today we are going to discuss popular options to use in the Bullet Journal. I will share ones I have used and loved with the Bullet Journal or have heard from others that they like to use as their Bullet Journal pen or just have a hunch they'll be great Bullet Journal pens.

Here's a fun little quide to help you look through options. Here is the outline for this post:

What writing instrument to use

Which do you prefer? Pens, pencils, or styluses?

Which do you prefer, Kim?

Which do you prefer? Pens, pencils, or styluses?

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(L-R: Parker Jotter, Cross Click, Pentel Energel, Le Pen, Cross Bailey, Pilot FriXion, Bic Multi, Pentel Twist-Erase, Ticonderoga pencil, Adonit Jot Pro)


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(L-R: Uni-Ball Jetstream, Cross Click, Pilot G2 Mini, Papermate Flair, Pilot Prera, Pilot FriXion, Bic Multi)

There are several types of pens (to the best of my knowledge, I had to ask the pen addict in the relationship for help with this post):

- Ballpoint

- Rollerball

- Gel

- Felt

- Fountain Pen

- Erasable

- Multi


Parker Jotter (Adorable arrow clip!)

Uni-ball Jetstream (Great pen for lefties)

Pilot Metropolitan

Cross Century II

Pilot Axiom

Pilot Dr. Grip


Bic Cristal


Pilot Metropolitan

Parker Jotter (Rollerball refill)

Retro 51 (Gorgeous pen!)

Uni-ball Vision Elite


Pilot Hi Tec C

Pentel EnerGel

Zebra Sarasas

Uni-ball 207

Pentel Slicci .25

Sakura Gellyroll

Pilot G2

Pentel Hybrid Technica


Papermate Flair

Staedtler triplus finepoint

Le Pen

Stabilo 88

Faber Castell Pitt pen

Fountain Pen

Pilot Metropolitan

Cross Bailey


Franklin Covey


Pilot Prera

Pilot Varsity

Delta Serena


- Lamy Safari

Here is a great article from JetPens to figure out the best fountain pen for you. 


Pilot FriXion (These are honestly the only erasable pens I can recommend, they work so well!)


Pilot Acroball


Pilot Hi-Tec C Coleto

Pilot FriXion

Unistyle Fit


Papermate Inkjoy Quatro

Here is a great article from JetPens for an introduction on multi-pens.

For an alphabetized list on the many different pen brands, here's a handy resource.

If you love pens, here is a lovely top 5 pens list from Brad of the Pen Addict blog.


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(L-R: Pentel Twist-Erase 0.5, Pentel Twist-Erase GT 0.7, Foray 0.7, Dr. Grip, Pentel Graphgear, Cross Century II, Ticonderoga)


Pentel Twist-Erase 0.5 (Best eraser on a mechanical pencil ever)

Pentel Twist-Erase GT 0.7

Dr. Grip

Pentel Graphgear 500 0.5

Cross Century II


Ticonderoga timeless :)

- Palomino Blackwing 602

- Tombow MONO 

- Staedtler Lumograph

Styluses (if you're a digital Bullet Journalist):

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(L-R:  Logiix, Adonit Jot Pro, Targus)

Some people like to use an iPad or tablet app that resembles paper along with a stylus. For this a few different styluses are recommended. (To see apps recommended for use as a Bullet Journal look at this post and scroll to question 7).

Wacom Bamboo Stylus (1st gen)

Intuous creative stylus

Pogo Connect

Pencil by 53

Adonit Jot Pro



Which do you prefer, Kim?

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(L-R: Cross Bailey, Papermate Flair, Pilot FriXion, Uni-ball Signo 207, Le Pen, Staedtler)

Thanks for asking. I like all sorts. Erasable pens, fountain pens, felt pens, and, as an artist, I have a soft spot for pencils. For Bullet Journaling though, I've gone through different pens, starting with Pilot FriXion pens to dip my toes into using pens. I liked that I got the best of both worlds, the liquid authority of a pen and the erasing capacities of a pencil. It also helps that it is excellent at what it does, by that I mean that it erases cleanly. I enjoyed writing the dates with either a Uniball 207Papermate FlairLe Pen or Staedtler pen. Nowadays I use fountain pens every day in my Bullet Journal. My current favorites are the Mini TWSBI filled with Faber-Castell Stone Grey and the Cross Bailey filled with Waterman Inspired Blue (which unsurprisingly was in the top 10 most coveted inks of 2015!) Lastly, the pen I take while I'm out and about is the Parker Jotter with a gel refill, this one is my absolute favorite "I just need to write something down, quickly!" pen.

Update: I now have a supplies page that I update regularly to check out my latest favorite pen(s) :)

Your Turn!

What's your favorite writing instrument for the Bullet Journal?

I know that there are tons and tons of pens, pencils and styluses out there and I would love to know your favorites to use with the Bullet Journal. Share your favorites as a comment.

Also, I am not a pen expert by any means, I tried my best to keep accuracy but I may have missed something. So! If I gave the wrong information, please feel free to let me know, I'd appreciate it!

Have a sunny day!


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