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Which Pen Is Mightier: A Survey of the Top Cheap Pens

Rank Pen Tip Ink Type Approx. Price Comment
1

Pentel Energel RTX Liquid Gel Pen

Energel
.7mm Hybrid $3.49 An uptown pen at a downtown price. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 569 reviewers on Amazon, but we tend to lean toward 5/5.
2

Uni-ball Vision Elite

.8mm Liquid $3.25 The Uni-ball Vision .7mm tip (UPC 60020) is also a good choice, but is inferior to the .8mm tip.
3

Pilot Precise V7

pilotprecise
.7mm Liquid $2.62 Very nice pen. Jeff has had some that seem ink-poor for a while, then regain their original flow.
4

Pilot G2

g2
.7mm Gel $4.76 / 2 Touted as “America’s #1 selling Gel pen.” The G2 is a solid choice, but is inferior to the liquids above.
5

Uni-ball Signo 207

signo
.7mm Hybrid $2.10 Some reviewers complain about skipping and inconsistent ink flow, while others rave at its dashing good looks. At just over $2.00, you can’t have it all, eh?
6

Zebra Sarasa Dry X 20

dryx
.7mm Gel $1.95 A slightly cheaper alternative to the G2, and it shows. Lacks longevity, but economical enough to keep a few around.
7

Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pen

frixion
.7mm Gel $8.35 / 3 The manufacturer doesn’t recommend using this pen on legal or office documents. Still, there’s plenty of other applications for these legitimately erasable pens. They’re probably too infantile for the likes of Jeff and Jake, but Sara really likes them!

Which Pen Is Mightier: A Survey of the Top Cheap Pens

Rank Pen Tip Ink Type Approx. Price Comment
1 Pentel Energel RTX Liquid Gel Pen

Energel

.7mm Hybrid $3.49 An uptown pen at a downtown price. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by 569 reviewers on Amazon, but we tend to lean toward 5/5.
2 Uni-ball Vision Elite

.8mm Liquid $3.25 The Uni-ball Vision .7mm tip (UPC 60020) is also a good choice, but is inferior to the .8mm tip.
3
Pilot Precise V7

pilotprecise

.7mm Liquid $2.62 Very nice pen. Jeff has had some that seem ink-poor for a while, then regain their original flow.
4 Pilot G2

g2

.7mm Gel $4.76 / 2 Touted as “America’s #1 selling Gel pen.” The G2 is a solid choice, but is inferior to the liquids above.
5 Uni-ball Signo 207

signo

.7mm Hybrid $2.10 Some reviewers complain about skipping and inconsistent ink flow, while others rave at its dashing good looks. At just over $2.00, you can’t have it all, eh?
6 Zebra Sarasa Dry X 20

dryx

.7mm Gel $1.95 A slightly cheaper alternative to the G2, and it shows. Lacks longevity, but economical enough to keep a few around.
7 Pilot FriXion Ball Erasable Gel Pen

frixion

.7mm Gel $8.35 / 3 The manufacturer doesn’t recommend using this pen on legal or office documents. Still, there’s plenty of other applications for these legitimately erasable pens. They’re probably too infantile for the likes of Jeff and Jake, but Sara really likes them!