You finally found the right journal. After mapping out your bullet journey you discover that all your pens and markers bleed through the page, sentencing all of the back pages to be destroyed. When paper is thin or low quality, this can happen but with the right pens you don’t have to guess if your notes or sketches will be ruined.
You want to find pens that use pigment ink. This kind of ink dries quickly on the surface of the paper as opposed to soaking through. It is also water-proof and fade resistant. These pens will have fine nibs (line width) and tip sizes that will make it easy for you to write in the margins if you need to. Here are some of the top pens and highlighters to choose from.
Sakura of America Pigma Micron
This pen comes in a variety of colors and points. There are six nib sizes to choose from, 005 (0.2mm) to 08 (0.50mm). Smaller sizes are best for underlining and taking margin notes. You can purchase sizes separately to try out what you like.
Copic Sketch Marker
This marker comes in over 350 colors and has replaceable nibs. One end has a chisel nib and the other is an “art” brush for calligraphy or brush lettering. It works well over a variety of technical pens and blends well with other markers.
Staedtler Triplus Pen
These come in a nicely neat package that serves as its own stand! Staedtler comes in 20 vibrant colors with easy identification on both ends. These pens are great if you want to add a splash of color to your planner or notes.
If you like to use the Pilot Hi-Tec pens but want something a little cheaper, MUJI pens are the solution. The exterior is sleek and can withstand lots of wear and tear in a purse or backpack. When you write, the ink flows consistently and dries quickly. It is not keen on being highlighted however, so it is best for journaling and margin notes.