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Category:Science and Technology
Subcategory:Lab Work
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Keywords:color, methanol, abuse, research, smear, ball point, ethanol, pen, erasing, ink, boiling water, solvent, acetone, laboratory notebook, science, pencil, stress, writing, experiment, water, gel, test
Ink bleed test

Ink bleed test

Which pens are best for using in laboratory notebooks? I wrote "123" with inks from a sampling of pens I had, then subjected strips to a variety of abuses (erasing, water, boiling water, methanol, ethanol, acetone) then glued them all back in their positions to facilitate comparison. Some sucked. I was relieved to see that my favorite pen, Zebra Sarasa Blue/Black did well, as did the entire line of Gelly Rolls, which I also love.