Top 5 Pens and Inks in Coral, Pantone’s Color of the Year 2019

When Pantone announced that the color of the year was going to be coral (PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral, to be precise), I was over the moon. Pretty much anything even vaguely in the pink family is in my wheelhouse. But coral is a hard color to get right. It can very easily be too red, too orange, or too pink.

Okay, I know I am at risk of sounding like a color snob, but I know my pinks.

Jet Pens Coral Pen Sampler Set

Jet Pens puts together awesome pen sets, and attempted to tackle coral with thier coral sampler set of 10 pens for $20. It’s a great deal, but most of the colors aren’t what I look for in a coral.

Side by side coral pen comparison from The Well Appointed Desk to the rescue!

The Well Appointed Desk once more saves me a bunch of money by comparing all of the inks side by side. I don’t know what everyone else is looking for in a coral, but the Stabilo pens are the only ones that fit the bill for me.

So, with the sampler firmly not the choice for me, I went on a search for pens and inks with the right balance of orangey-pinky goodness to scratch my coral itch. Here are my top 5 super coral ink and pen picks, from least to most costly.


Top 5 coral pens and inks for 2019


Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner Marker Pen, Apricot – $1.15

  • 0.4 mm tip.
  • Metal tip casing for long tip life and use with stencils and straightedges.
  • Vibrant water-based ink specially formulated to sustain long cap-off times.
  • Ventilated cap.

Zebra Mildliner Double-Sided Highlighter, Mild Marigold (NOT the “Coral Pink”) –$1.75

  • Fine and bold tips. One chisel style, the other bullet style.
  • Snap on cap.
  • Vibrant water-based ink.


Pilot Juice Gel Pen, Coral Pink –$1.80

  • 0.7 mm tip.
  • Rubber grip.
  • Fade-resistant water-based ink.
  • Retractable with button top.



JTsukineko VersaMagic Dew Drop Ink Pad, Pink Grapefruit – $2.50

  • Lightly/Semi-opaque, matte chalk ink.
  • Archival, water-resistant, fade-resistant, and acid-free ink.

J. Herbin Corail des Tropiques Ink, Tropical Coral – $5.50

  • 10 mm bottle.
  • From the oldest name in formal ink production in the world.
  • Water-based and made with natural dyes.

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