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What to Write With on Waterproof and All-Weather Paper

Waterproof notebooks and pens
Here are two of our popular spiral notebooks, made with coated wood pulp paper. They can be written on with either a pen or a pencil.
The best instruments to write with on waterproof paper and all-weather paper are: The merits of each are explained below.

Writing With Pens:

The best pens to use when writing on waterproof paper are medium width ballpoint pens that write with waterproof ink. Waterproof ink refills are recommended because their ink will apply to wet paper and not be washed off by rain, dew, fog, sweat, spills, or an accidental dunking. Some waterproof inks have been known to survive trips through a washing machine, Grand Canyon whitewater, and, years of being lost in a forest.

Waterproof paper
We sell multiple brands of waterproof and weatherproof sheet paper that you can use for writing paper or for creating forms, maps and other documents with laser printers, injet printers or plain paper copiers.
The pens that we sell are shipped with a medium-width ballpoint refill that contains black waterproof ink. They mark on wet paper, write when upside down, and perform well at all temperatures between -30F and 250F. We also carry refills with waterproof ink in other colors and other line widths.


Medium point pens are recommended because fine point pens can dig into wet paper unless you have a very light touch. Broad point pens can lay down more ink than can quickly be absorbed by the paper, which can result in smearing.

Standard ballpoint pens often refuse to write under wet conditions. They often contain water-soluble ink or ink that becomes too thick or thin to flow under hot or cold conditions. Gel pens and fountain pens often perform poorly because the ink can bead on the paper and smear or dissolve if the paper becomes wet.

Writing With Pencils:

field desk
A weatherproof field desk with clipboard is perfect for taking notes on sheet paper or forms in the field.
Many people enjoy writing with a pencil because of its simplicity and the ability to erase. For best results on the papers that we sell a hard wide lead performs best. Soft leads tend to smear and narrow leads tend to dig into wet paper.

The mechanical pencils that we sell have a sturdy casing that is built to last and write for years through rough conditions. They write well on most types of paper, lumber, sample bag tags and many other mediums. The mechanical pencils are shipped with six HB (No.2) leads in a 1.1 millimeter width. Wide leads break less frequently and write smoothly over wet paper. They also ship with two extra erasers. Replacement leads and erasers are always available here.

Note: Pencils write well on all of the notebooks, field books and papers that we sell except iGage Weatherproof and PuffinPaper. These papers do not accept pencil and require a pen.