This is am ok gel pen. I would not use it to write to family, friends, or even write in my journal. The ink bleeds through the paper. I would however use them for art journals. You can write on acrylic paint with them. They work well for that. You can use the pens for journaling as long as you don't leave the pen point in one spot to long. It just glides across the paper with ease. They also make mechanical pencils and retractable pens. The is a great gri on the pens to help hold them. The pens have a rubberized barrel. The ball of the pens is 1.6 in size. Great for outlining a drawing. They come in packages of 2, 4, and 6 pens.