Ask DN: Favorite Pens for note taking and/or long-form writing

over 9 years ago from , Design @ Voyager Studio

There is an endless feed of DN threads going over pens & pencils for sketching. Does anyone have any favorites for taking notes? Emphasis on pens that write consistently, don't smudge and/or are comfortable to hold for long periods of time.


  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    All links are to JetPens, which is an awesome store for buying pens, stationery, etc.

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  • Aaron CalzadoAaron Calzado, over 9 years ago

    Space pen. There are a ton of different ones out there. Try them out. They never smudged on me or stop ink flow until the ink actually runs out.

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  • Kai HalfingerKai Halfinger, over 9 years ago

    I use these everyday at school and really like them! They are very comfortable to hold, even for a long period of time, and I find it easier to have a good looking handwriting with these than with any other pen I tried (although my handwriting is still far from beautiful, but I guess that's my fault).

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  • Nice ShoesNice Shoes, over 9 years ago

    Pilot G Tec C4

    Flows beautifully .

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  • Laurie CaiLaurie Cai, over 9 years ago (edited over 9 years ago )

    Uni-ball 207 and Pilot G-2 were my favorite pens in college for note taking, except for the fact that I'm a lefty and the ink always smudged because my hand would go over it before it dried.

    I absolutely love Sharpie Fine Point Pens (0.5mm). These are felt tip so they dry quickly and don't smudge (another plus is you can vary line pressure so it's great for sketching)

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  • Simon LarocheSimon Laroche, over 9 years ago

    It's all preference. Different inks, and tips will behave differently and make the pen feel different on paper. I like smooth feeling pens, so I go for large ball points with viscous ink. My favorite so far is the Fisher Space pen. They always work, are all metal, they have a really comfy shape (no hard edges), and are quite portable. It's gonna cost you more than a pack of uni-balls, but if it's something you care about that shouldn't stop you.

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