From The Archives: PaperMate Inkjoy 0.7mm 14-Color Set

Sometimes, we discover there are great pens that have been around for quite some time that we never got around to reviewing. This is one of them.

Review by Laura Cameron

A few weeks ago, when I was writing my review of the Ghost notebook, I went out and purchased some fun pens to test out on the paper.  I wandered the aisles of the big box office supply store until I came upon the PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pen set.  At the time, I didn’t know I’d be reviewing these pens so I confess that I ripped right into the packaging without grabbing a photo.

Luckily JetPens has me covered there:

The Paper Mate Ink Joy set I purchased contains 14 pens in a variety of fun colors.  The set is available in either a 0.5mm or 0.7mm tip; I chose the latter.  Each gel pen has a small plastic cap on the tip that is easily removable.

The pens themselves are fun to use. The ink glides smoothly without any of the gaps that ball point pens sometimes leave. The gel ink is supposed to dry super quickly and I didn’t have any trouble with smearing, which is saying something because I’m a lefty. The grips on the pens are soft plastic and very comfortable to hold.  The colors are varied enough, and provide enough coverage that I could do some coloring with them, although I think I prefer writing with them to coloring. I can easily imagine using these to take color coded notes, or to spice up notecards or planner entries.

The 14-pen set is available at JetPens for $23.50; smaller sets and individual colors are available as well.

Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.

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5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I feel like I’m the only person who has tried these pens and hated them. And I wish I liked them, because they’re pretty and inexpensive.

    1. I’ve tried some Ink Joy pens that I loved and then bought some more and definitely didn’t love the new ones. It seems that there are different models and I wish I could remember the difference to point to the one I liked so much. Organizing my trash hea…er, office is on my to-do list. If I find them, I’ll come back and share.

  2. I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one who is a sucker for getting the entire set of something to get all the colors! 😉 I’ve only tried the ballpoint version of Ink Joy, not gel pens — will have to check these out.


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