I have an obsession with office supplies and I’m a bit of a pen hoarder. One thing that I enjoy doing is swatching out my writing utensils to see how the colors compare between brands.
The Test: Each pen is used on white notebook paper and a yellow legal pad. You can click on the image below for a larger view.
The Pens: (links are affiliate) Paper Mate InkJoy 100 | Paper Mate InkJoy 300 RT | Paper Mate Profile Elite | BIC Round Stic Grip | BIC Cristal Bold | Pilot B2P Bottle to Pen – Ball Point | Pentel EnerGel | Pilot Precise V7 RT | Pilot Precise Grip Bold | Paper Mate Flair
The Conclusion: Oh those purples. I love them all. Purple is the ink color that you can get away with using at work for fun while still being taken seriously. The colors are dark and bold and when you write, you can actually see what’s going on. Of note, the Papermate Profile Elite (and regular Profile) gives a redder tone than all the other purples out there.