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 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.
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.
- 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.