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Some paper is just plain delicate. One example of this is the paper in a Hobonichi planner, and another is engineering paper. If you’re dealing with a notebook, pad, or other source of delicate paper, you know how difficult it can be sometimes. As someone who has used all these types of paper and more, I have learned the best pens for thin paper through a ton of trial and error.
Common Issues With Pens and Thin Paper
When it comes to writing on thin paper, there are a number of common issues when it comes to what pen you are using. The most common problems are:
- Ink bleeding through pages
- Pen tips ripping pages
With thin paper these issues may not just impact the page you are writing on, but the back of the page and page after as well. Generally, if you bleed through to the next page you will ruin that page, as well as the back of the page. If you are writing only on one side of the page, you may be able to get away with a little bit more than the average person writing on thin paper.
The same goes for some fine tip pens. If your tip is too fine it may have a tendency to rip through the pages, think a la pen tips less than .5 mm and extra fine fountain pen tips.
Tips for Working With Thin Paper
When it comes to thin paper, one of the easiest ways to avoid issues is to avoid certain types of pens. Avoiding permanent markers, as well as most gel pens (even if they are quick drying and smear resistant) and fountain pens will go a long way. Personally, I absolutely love both of these, so I have also learned a couple of tips to get away with using them.
First, write fast and light. If you write slow and hard, more ink will be absorbed by the pages, increasing the chances of the ink bleeding through. This took some trial, error, and well, ruined pages to figure out. If you write light, you will also be less likely to rip pages.
Now, for my favorite pens to use with thin paper.