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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    I usually sign the mats, but I just sold 2 very large prints which cannot be matted so my client would like me to sign right on the photograph. I have a couple of Sharpie pens. Can I use these to sign on the print? If not, can someone please recommend a pen that I can use and tell me where to buy it? Thanks!

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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    Graphite pencil or this
    jbhogan

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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    PS: Nein Sharpie, unless it is on a label pasted to the backside of your Non-Paper archival mount, ie: plexi, sintra, aluminum, etc.
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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    No. Not Sharpies. Not archival. Will fade.

    What you want is an acid-free, lead-free, archival (light fast) pigment pen. Solvent based is probably better for most surfaces - you don't want to use a water-based paint on a gelatin surface as it will probably swell the gelatin and mar the finish.

    I use one called "DecoColor" made by Uchida of America Corp. out of Torrance CA USA. Most hobby/craft/art supply type stores carry them:

    http://www.uchida.com/what/deco/deco.htm#300

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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    I use Pigma micron pens from Sakura color products. The ink is pigmented and archival. I get mine at Michael's, a chain craft store.

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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    I also use "Pigma Microns" for signing my prints. Other times i use silver or gold depending on the print background tonality using "dip pens".

    Speedball is a major player in archival inks and there is french manufacturer that produces high quality inks also ( can't recall their name ).

    David Crossley/Crossley Photography....

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    Pen for Signing Photographs

    India Ink with a calligraphy pen.

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    Re: Pen for Signing Photographs

    Sakura Gelly Roll pens are excellent for photo signing. They are pigmented acrylic, and dry almost instantly.

    Buck Lovell

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    Re: Pen for Signing Photographs

    Not ink or pigment, but Veach Development used to market a heated pen with either silver or gold foil for signing prints. Still have mine after thirty some years and it works fine. You might try Googling them for info on this and their gold stamp machines.
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    Re: Pen for Signing Photographs

    Quote Originally Posted by lenser View Post
    Not ink or pigment, but Veach Development used to market a heated pen with either silver or gold foil for signing prints. Still have mine after thirty some years and it works fine. You might try Googling them for info on this and their gold stamp machines.
    I believe this is the current version of your pen:

    http://www.veachco.com/goldriter_pen.htm

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