Best Pen Thickness for Writing

Whenever you use a ballpoint pen to jot down a note, sign a check, or doodle in your free time, you may not think the size of the pen’s tip matters all that much. However, it does matter and makes a difference. Tip size determines how thick lines will be when you write on paper. It can make your writing experience that much more pleasant, depending on your preferences. But how do you know which pen thickness is best for writing? Here, we’ll answer just that. 

 

Small Pen Tip Sizes

Smaller pen tip sizes are called fine or extra fine. This pen tip size is best for those with smaller handwriting. It can also be better if you prefer writing on paper that is more porous and has a higher absorbency rate. Fine or extra fine nib sizes are great for fine detail, such as in drawings, diagrams, or Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters (called hanzi, kanji, and hanja, respectively). 

 

Artists typically prefer 0.5 mm pen tips so they can add light touches and fine details to their artwork. Calligraphers can also benefit from using finer nibs. 

 

Another small pen tip size is the 0.7 mm pen. This is best for everyday writing as it lays down a clear line that is not too thick. Whether you have big handwriting or write smaller letters, this fine pen tip can get the job done. It’s perfect for writing out grocery lists, scribbling notes, and even journaling. 

 

Medium and Broad Pen Tip Sizes

Medium pen tip sizes lay down lines that are about 1.0 mm to 1.2 mm in width for ballpoint pens and a bit narrower for rollerball pens. This type of pen tip is best for medium to large handwriting, drawing or writing with no fine details, and writing in alphabetic languages. Retro 51 or LAMY ballpoint pens are great options to choose from. 

 

Broad-tipped ballpoint pens are not as common because ballpoint pens are already broader than rollerball and fountain pen nibs. However, some pen manufacturers still produce pens with these nibs to cater to some users’ needs. Broad-tipped ballpoint pens are great for signatures since they lay down a bold line that is needed on documents. They are also suitable for art styles that rely on thicker lines, such as caricatures, and ballpoint calligraphy with bigger lettering sizes.

 

The Bottom Line

When comparing small, medium, and broad pen tip sizes, it all comes down to your needs and preferences. If you need small, detailed, and fine writing, then smaller pen tip sizes are more suitable for you. For those that want bold, thick lines, medium to broad ballpoint tips are the best option. There are many advantages to writing with a ballpoint pen no matter the nib size, so testing a few to see which one strikes your fancy is worth it. 

 

Happy writing!

 

 

Written by EndlessPens Blogger Ramona Kabigting

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