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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.
Pigma Micron pens are the gold standard if you don't want to bleed through pages. Even at their finest, they have a very soft tip that won't rip through pages. The only caution to these pens is that if you press to hard on the tip you will ruin the pens themselves.
This set is great, since it has six different sizes of the amazing Sakura Pigma Micron pens. It will help you decide which one you like the best for general purpose writing, and which ones you like for more genarelized tasks. Once again, these pens are the gold standard for thin pages, so you don't need to worry about anything.
The Pentel R.S.V.P. is an all around great ballpoint pen, and comes in a wide variety of colors to help you plan your day and coordinate your tasks. This pen writes ultra smooth on any paper, and has a Medium with tip that will not damage delicate pages.
If multiple colors aren't your think, you can just buy yourself a whole pack of these ballpoint pens in black or orther singualr colors. This is my favorite ballpoint pen ever, and I tend to buy a 12 pack because I do alot of writing, and these are so great that people may borrow them and forget to give them back!
This is my favorite workhorse of a gel pen ever. While it does have a fine point of .5mm, it is not sharp. If you write quick and light, you also will not need to worry about this ink bleeding through pages. Best of all, it just feels nice to write with. This is the only gel pen I reccomend for thin paper since I use it so much.
If you want a brush pen, the Tombow Fudenosuke brush pens are an absolute must. I can't say enough about the quality of their ink, it won't bleed through your pages. While the tip is harder than most brush pens, these are some of the ones I prefer the most.