Sakura was the first to manufacturer a Gel Pen, over 35 years ago and this was officially recognised in the early noughties when Sakura was presented with the “Award of the Director-General of the Japanese Patent Office”
The road to success was not an easy one, prototypes failed, the team’s ideas led to many dead ends & tested more than a thousand materials whilst trying to perfect the ideal gel ink.
The method for manufacturing gel pens uses a process called centrifuging which put simply is rotating at speed which has to be carried out with precision to achieve the required performance.
Gel ink contains pigment suspended in a water-based gel. This type of ink achieves strong vibrant colours available in a wide range of colours including metallic & fluorescent shades.
Thanks to innovation, skilled engineers & technology some 3 decades ago Sakura Gelly Roll Pens remain the choice of many and are still regarded as the best gel pens around. They have a vast range to choose from but here are a few popular examples:
Sakura Gelly Roll Basics
The waterproof ink is fade resistant & of archival quality & are ideal for arts & crafts. These smooth writing pens are available in a choice of two colours
Black with a fine 0.7mm tip writes a 0.3mm line. View at Amazon
White with a medium 0.8mm nib writes a 0.4mm line. View at Amazon
Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen
The unique formulation of the ink in these pens creates a sparkle effect.
It is non-toxic to ACMI standards, fade & water resistant & won’t bleed through most paper. With the exception of the black ink, Stardust Pens are archival quality. They have a 1.0mm tip, write a 0.5mm line & are available in 25 glittery colours that twinkle like stars on light or dark surfaces.View at Amazon
Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic
An excellent smooth writing rollerball with a 1.0mm tip that is comfortable to use & ideal for light, dark, glossy & matt surfaces. They are available in 14 gleaming colours including copper & sepia, the opaque metallic ink is waterproof, fade-resistant & doesn’t smear or bleed through most paper.View at Amazon
The Gelly Roll Website is abound with how-to videos creating things from cards to notebooks you can find them here
9 thoughts on “Sakura Gelly Roll – Invented 35 Years Ago & Still the Best Gel Pens”
Would love to write my Christmas cards with these pens. Would make them extra special.
brilliant! loads of lovely gold & silver pens to be won in all kinds of shapes & sizes, yes please! x
brilliant! loads of luvly gold & silver pens to be won in all kinds of shapes & sizes. yes please! x
I find that if you write with a good pen then it makes your writing look so much better. A great pen makes the writing look so much neater and clearer. x
These pens are fantastic and quite irresistible to a crafter like myself !! I woul be over the moon to win these.
Will look very professional on my Personal Christmas Cards.
Come on think out side the box! These pen can be used for so much more them just writing Christmas cards and tags – I used them to add detail to furniture and write place names on table cloth.
as a family , tiger pens is one of our brands; we used it so much that we always ran out, a few extra ones would really be appreciated