Comparing Pens for writing in the Bible

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In the Q&A section in our monthly newsletter, we recently got a question asking what pen we recommended for writing in the Bible and also for a journal. Of course these will definitely be two different recommendations because of the contrasting page thickness.

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We decided to use crowdsourcing to compile a group of your favorite pens to put to the “best test.” Turns out you all feel very strongly about your favorite pens! {grin}

Here are the pens you love …

Pen comparison for writing in the Bible or a journal

We divided the pens into groups and experimented with 8 pens for the Bible page test.

Note: We’ll save all the gel pens for the journal test.

Comparing Pens for Writing in the Bible

The main criteria we looked for was bleed-through. Bible pages are usually very thin and we don’t want to see any writing or underlining go through to the back of the page. Right?

We also looked for a thin fine tip for this test, which we consider essential unless you have a large-print Bible.

Here’s our back-of-the-page-bleed-through test …

Pen comparison for writing in the Bible

The pens we tested (in pictured order above) are …

The Uniball Jetstream RT pen finished second in the ballpoint category of the bleed-through test. This pen touts “water- and fade-resistant ink that helps you compose long-lasting, high-quality documents you can archive” – which is always a good thing. It has a smooth writing experience, but we could faintly see the writing from the back of the page.

The TUL BP3 pen came in third for the ballpoint category. It had a slight bleed-through. This pen has a nice feel and “super-smooth and longer lasting ink that provides a consistent flow to help your writing look as it should.”

The Pilot Acroball pen, which came in fourth, has what they call “hybrid ink” which may explain why it bled through more than the other ballpoints. The package says “the advanced ink combines the vibrancy of gel ink with quick-drying, ballpoint ink to let your writing glide across the page.” This pen was wonderful for writing on regular paper, but not for thin Bible pages because of the bleed-through.

The Zebra F-301 was the clear winner of the no-bleed-through test. It was the only pen that didn’t show through to the back at all AND it had a skinnier fine tip even though we tested all .7 tips. We also liked the stainless steel barrel. The only concern we had was that the packaging didn’t mention their ink at all – except that it was black. So nothing to brag about there.

Now for the felt-tip pen category …

The Sakura Pigma Micron is our favorite pen for a journal but it finished second for writing in your Bible due to a slight bleed-through. It has the best available “Permanent Pigment ink suitable for archival applications” and is “quick drying on porous surfaces, fade resistant and waterproof.”

The Staedtler Triplus Fineliner bled through the most and we don’t recommend it for writing in your Bible. We will add it to the journal test instead.

The Stabilo Point 88 also bled through quite a bit and we don’t recommend it for Bible writing. We will add this one to the journal test too.

The iBayam Fineliner surprised us by not bleeding through at all! If you prefer a felt-tip pen, this one finished #1 for writing in your Bible. This pen advertises “minimal bleed-thru water-based ink” and a super fine tip.

Best Pen for Writing in Your Bible

So to recap, the best pen for writing in your Bible is the Zebra F-301 ballpoint pen or if you prefer felt-tip, the iBayam Fineliner pen.

The runners up are the Uniball Jetstream RT ballpoint and the Sakura Pigma Micron.

Are there more pens you’d like for us to add to the testing? Let us know!

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Next up, we will be comparing pens to determine the best option for writing in your journal.

Stay tuned!

Those results will be added next month right here.

*My prayer for you is … that this blog will inspire you to open your Bible every single day to seek God’s face and write His Word on your heart – because HE’S the key to lasting heart change!

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