I am testing five White Gel Pens Woodware, Inkssentials by Ranger, Pergamano, Pentel Hybrid and Uni-Ball Signo Angelic. These are all fine line pens the nib sizes are 0.7 or 0.8, the aim is to see how well these pens work for parchment crafters. In parchment craft white gel pens are used for tracing; they are quicker and easier to use than a mapping pen and white Tinta ink but sometimes they can be frustrating if they do not work as expected.
The requirement for a good pen for tracing on parchment paper are: a very fine line, no blots of ink, a constant smooth flow of ink – no skipping of colour.
Opaque inks such as white are quite thick and it is difficult to get an even flow through a narrow pen tip. Fine tipped white gel pens sometimes get blocked with the thick ink.
All pens were scribbled a bit at the top of the parchment to warm them up – check the actual writing on pink parchment paper at the bottom.
The Pergamano pen did not skip at all, the nib is 0.7 and gives a good fine line I think the result was smooth and bright.
The Pentel Hybrid did skip a bit when doing loops and the straight line, the nib is 0.8 and gives a nice white line. The pen has a comfortable grip.
The Uni-Ball Signo also skipped a bit but produced a better white line than the Pentel. The nib is 0.7 and is very smooth to use.
RANGER INKSSENTIALS WHITE GEL PEN
The Inkssentials pen would not work at all at this trial, the results on the parchment are below the Uni-Ball but you cannot see anything because the ink did not flow at all. I have used the Inkssentials pen before and have always found it skips a lot. I can’t recommend it.
WOODWARE WHITE GEL PEN
The Woodware pen also would not work at this trial, it started off ok but then after the third letter the ink dried up. This pen is much more inexpensive than the others.
WHITE GEL PENS FOR PARCHMENT CRAFT
At this trial the Pergamano pen definitely worked the best, though I think I prefer the Uni-Ball as it seems to give a finer line. The Pentel pen skipped a bit too much and did not cope with the straight line at all. All pens were given the same warm up and were the same age. It seems to be difficult to find a consistent and reliable white gel pen.