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  1. Pencils I have found to work pretty well:

    Faber-Castell “Castell 9000″ HB and B
    Staedtler Wopex HB
    General’s Layout
    Faber-Castell Grip 2001 HB
    General’s Draughting
    New USA-Made Golden Bear HB
    Field Notes Pencil

    Things which smeared more than I’d like:
    Blackwing (dark one, but this is always a little smeary)
    General’s Semi-Hex HB
    Staedtler Mars Lumograph 100 HB
    Mitsubishi Hi-Uni HB
    Faber-Castell Goldfaber HB

    Surprises:
    Verithins! If, like me, you’ve always wished they were better to write with, this paper works very very well. They feel like a regular pencil on this paper, and it’s very very difficult to smear them.

  2. Davey

    I ordered these off their website, and I’m sorry to hear this information about smearing. I’ll try them with the G2 .050. the Signo DX .038 mm and the Pilot Hi-Tec C .038 mm to see if the same problem exists. Thanks for the heads up!

  3. Okay, did some more testing:

    Bic ballpoint eventually dries, but not quickly.

    But both “extra” and “ultra” fine Sharpies work great, and also Bic Mark-It, the finest point. Doesn’t even show through the plastic paper. It’s not often you can just WRITE with a marker. :)

  4. Vivian

    My findings so far:

    pens that work great (at least 30 secs to dry) — I tested this by 1) one swipe through 2) vigorously rubbing it

    – Pentel RSVPs
    – PaperMate Profile 1.4B
    – BIC Atlantis

    pens that don’t work well despite all my crossed fingers:

    Le Pen
    Sharpie Pen (fine)
    Pilot G-2 .05
    Uniball Signo DX .38
    Pentel Slicci .25

    A previous commenter said that the Sharpies work great… does that not apply to the pen version? My Sharpie pen never completely dried and just sat on the paper. It was powerless against my gentle finger swipe :(

    I have many more to try.. and I’ll update my findings later. Not much of a pencil user though.

    • I’ve had luck with “extra” and “ultra” fine Sharpie markers — the kind that write on glass. It’s bizarre — and smelly — to write with them, though.

  5. Adair

    You mention that Field Notes has developed their own Space Pen. This is exciting, but I could not find any mention of it on their website. Have I misunderstood something?

  6. Adair

    Oops, sorry. A little further searching on their site lead me to the entry on the Field Notes Space Pen, which is sold out and which is why I did not find it in the “Shop” section.
    Apologies!

  7. Steve

    Just got my Expedition edition, and you know what pen isn’t smeary on it? The Uni-ball Powertank .7 ballpoint. It writes a clean, dark line and dries quickly. With the two together I’m ready for anything!

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