I decided to try out the Kuretake Dry Erase Liquid Post Chalk Marker Pen at work to cut down on the dust and mess of traditional chalk in my already dusty cubicle at work. I have a lovely chalkboard message board handpainted by Mary Kate McDevitt which was the perfect testing ground.

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Post Chalk Pen

The pen goes on wet but clear and gets whiter as it dries.

Post Chalk Pen

It took a bit of elbow grease to rub the “chalk” off after it was dry but no worse than regular chalk and a bit more permanent. I found this helpful for the leftie hook since it made it a bit harder to smear. This pen would be great on coffee shop boards for the “coffee of the day” on a sandwich board as a light brush up against it would not smear it. Using water will wipe the board completely clean.

($2.15 per pen, available in white and several other colors from JetPens, of course.)

The Pentel Portable Brush Pen has been my favorite brush pen for some time. I picked mine up at Kinokuniya in New York several years ago. It has a synthetic, individual filament, brush tip and takes Pentel refill cartridges. It holds a great point and has worn very well. $11.95

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I’ve been a big fan of the Rotring Art Pen for years. It was one of the first fountain pens I purchased, found in an art supply store for about $20. The Art Pen has a long paintbrush-like shape which gives it nice balance and an unusual look. It is available in several nib sizes including wider, chiseled calligraphy widths, M and B “lettering” nibs and F and EF “sketching” nibs. I own the EF which has worked well over the years despite the occasional year or two of neglect. It accepts standard ink cartridges and I’ve even been able to squeeze some of Levenger’s extra-long cartridges into the pen because of its elongated shape. Our friends over at JetPens carry the fountain pen converter which allows the use of bottled inks instead of just cartridges.

Rotring Art Pen

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