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    pens for signing photographs

    i was wondering what kind of pens you guys use to sign your photos and where i can get one. i think i'm looking for something silver and fine. let me know! thanks

    brian

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    The one I use is made by Sakura, the model being "Pen-Touch". However, I doubt you'll find that exact pen where-ever you are. I'm in outback Western Australia and I bought it at my local art supply store.

    My pen is quick dry metallic permanent ink with a 0.7mm "push in" nib that helps the ink flow when it starts to dry out. I'm sure you will find something similar at your local art supplier. Look for 0.5mm instead of 0.7mm.

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    Graeme, thanks for the info!

    Brian, the Sakura Pen-Touch is available from Dick Blick HERE.

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    I use Berol PrismaColor Metallic Silver FinePoint or Pilot Silver Marker... look at this link

    http://www.glr.com/checklist/highlighters.html

    (41701 - PIL - (UPC: 0 72838 41701) Extra Fine Point Creative Markers)
    (68720 - SAN - (UPC: ) SILVER COAT EXTRA-FINE)
    (SILVER)

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    What's wrong with a Bic or Papermate -- or whatever else comes to hand? Or a #2 pencil?
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    I use a pencil...

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    well... I favor the #2 pencil too but it can be erased... the idea of using Silver Marker is attractive because my prints are silver base out of my darkroom... may be others have better idea to share....

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    FWIW, I use a conventional fountain pen and India ink to sign in the margin, and a #2 pencil to lightly inscribe print info on the back. The fountain pen allows me to write at normal speed without fear of scratching the surface - something I couldn't do with the drafting-style pens.

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    I was taught ...never ink...always pencil....but that's not to say it is right....I would question the archival properties of ink, only because I don't know. But it would be something to look into. I've always signed my platinum prints in pencil because I saw a Frederick Evans print signed in pencil years ago. Can someone comment on the archival properties of ink and a no.2 pencil?

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    "I would question the archival properties of ink".

    Some pens are designated as archival. Of course you then have to define "archival". I use pens that have similar archival properties as my prints.

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