Tools of the Trade
I’ve tried many tools since I started bullet journaling about a year and a half ago. At first, I used a composition notebook I picked up only for work notes. After a while, I decided a needed a personal bug, and I started using a notebook my employer gave everyone. It was lined, which I didn’t prefer. Once I filled it up, I switched into a Leuchttrum 1917 A5 Dotted Blue Notebook. I love the dots! It’s so much easier to line trackers up on the page.
I’ve used a couple of pens recently. My current is TWSBI Diamond 580 Fountain Pen, Fine Nib, which was a wonderful birthday gift. I ink it with Take-Sumo Pilot Iroshizuki Ink, Charcoal Black, which is a beautiful ink. It only bleeds through the page if I press hard. Before that, I was using a Sakura Pigma Micron 05, and before that, a Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen in S (link is to a 4-pack in various sizes). I liked the ink in both pens, however, they’re both felt-tipped; I was destroying them after about a month of use. I tend to press too hard.
For color, I’ve used Staedtler Fineliners since college. They’re beautiful, versatile, and don’t tend to bleed. Since I use them mostly for accents, they’ve lasted a while despite being felt-tipped.
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