A Dummy’s Guide to Choosing the Right Pen

Do you ever feel totally overwhelmed when walking into a stationery store, knowing you need a pen- but totally unsure of which particular pen actually best suits your needs? Staring blankly at the large shelf arrayed with thousands of pens, totally overwhelmed by the various brands, colours and types- you grab the cheapest option available. It’s just a pen, right? How much more complicated could it be???

Wrong! There are so many different types of pens, and each kind will be best suited to a particular need! But how could you know how to choose a pen that best suits your needs?

We’ve decided to break it down for you in 3 simple points. So here we go…how to choose your perfect pen:

1- Pick your ink type

So you get 3 different types of inks:

  • GEL – specifically our G2 pens, give you a very smooth writing of 1 100M. In this range we have a variety of colours including pastels, metallic and fun colours.










If you’re prone to making mistakes, a Frixion pen might be for you! This pen writes in Ink but can also be erased. This pen is used for various uses from schools to architects to marking on fabrics for sewers.






  • Rollerball – this is the most common pen on the market as it’s a more economic range. However, Pilot have the Acroball pen that is an oil base, quick drying pen. This is useful or students that running around at break times sweating and need to still write in their books. This pen is also highly recommended for left-handed people as its quick drying and doesn’t smudge!


  • Liquid ink – this is for clients that want a smooth and easy flowing ink. Liquid ink is a very vibrant colour as it’s liquid.


2- Pick your stick type

When choosing a pen, you need to take into consideration if you are wanting a retractable or a standard stick with a cap. If you tend to lose the lids of your pens, then a retractable pen is for you! You can even consider getting a stick with a rubber grip to make writing more comfortable.

3- Pick your nib type

You get can various “nibs”! A standard rollerball is the most common nib. Rollerball pens are pens which use ball point writing mechanisms with water-based liquid or gelled ink, as opposed to the oil-based viscous inks found in ballpoint pens. These less viscous inks, which tend to saturate more deeply and more widely into paper than other types of ink, give roller ball pens their distinctive writing qualities. The writing point is a tiny ball, usually 0.5 or 0.7 mm in diameter, that transfers the ink from the reservoir onto the paper as the pen moves.


You can also get fountain nibs. For people that can still use this, it’s a way of having a neat hand writing and to use this nib is an art.




You can find nibs in various sizes,

  • .04mm
  • .05mm
  • .07mm
  • 1.0mm
  • 1.2mm
  • 1.6mm


Each person will have a personal preference as to what thickness they prefer writing in. Test some pens out at Diskonto, to see what nib size you prefer!


We hope this blog has been able to clear things up a bit! For more information, check out our website! Happy shopping.

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