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 1.2 | Paper Mate Write Bros | Papermate ProFit |Paper Mate Profile Elite | BIC Round Stic | BIC Ultra Round Stic Grip | BIC Velocity | BIC Cristal Bold | Pilot B2P Bottle to Pen – Ball Point | uni-ball Gel RT | Pentel EnerGel | Pilot G2 | Pilot G2 1.0 | BIC Triumph 537R | Pilot Precise V7 RT | Pilot Precise Grip Bold | Paper Mate Flair | Sharpie Pen
The Conclusion: Black. The most standard of them all. How is it possible that black inks are different colors from each other? Some are grayer than others and some are bluer than others. My favorites: Papermate Profile, Pilot g2 1.0, and Pilot Precise Grip Bold.