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Bunbougu Pen Haul & Review (online Australian planner pen shop)

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If you’re a fellow Aussie you’ve probably come across the same problem I often have: there are very limited planner supplies from overseas that are available here in Australia for a decent price. The main planner supply I have this problem with is pens. Given I have a minor major addiction to pens I’ve spent many frustrating hours surfing the internet trying to find pen sellers.

Until at last, I found Bunbougo! (I've no idea how to actually pronounce it)

This is not a sponsored post, I’m just really excited that I found a place that sells hard to find pens in Australia :)

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Pilot Pens

I’d been wanting to try these for ages. I got the 6 pack in the 0.5mm pen tip size.

The colors are nice except for the green which is way too bright. Whenever I use the green I have to write over the top of the text twice :(

My favorite color is definitely the grape - it's a nice and bright purple!

Note that the pack doesn’t come with a black so I had to purchase that separately.

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I also purchased this pen in the 0.38mm version. It was nice and didn’t feel like it was only 0.38mm which I normally find too thin.

These pens in come in tons of colors making them perfect for color coding.

They’re also my favorite style of pen: retractable. So there’s no pen lids to accidentally lose and then worry that the pen is going to dry out.

I also purchased this pen in the metallic ink color but I was a bit disappointed in the color which writes really dull.

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Pentel Energel (0.5mm)

This pen is overrated. It was expensive at around $5 ( I think it's refillable though). It does have a comfort grip but the needle tip means if you write on an angle (like I do), that the ink will skip. There were also limited colors available.

Zebra Sarasa Clip

As soon as I saw the rainbow colors of these pens I added them to the cart. These are now my second favorite rainbow pens (after the PaperMate Inkjoy Gel 0.7mm pens) – I just wish there was a purple included in the pack instead of the navy blue (which is so dark it may as well be another black pen). You can buy them individually which is exactly what I did to make a complete rainbow set :) <3

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Zebra Midliner Highlighters

I added these to the cart after seeing every second person using them for bullet journaling on Instagram (follow me if you aren’t already!)

I have to say… I don’t understand what all the fuss is about.

They are just like any other highlighter. The only thing that sets them apart would be the range of colors, including grey which I got for trying a minimalist spread later this year for the 52 planners in 52 weeks challenge.

These highlighters were pricey at $3,50 each – you can buy an entire pack of rainbow highlighters from a cheap shop for the same price and they’ll work just fine.

I found some that look very similar to the Midliners at Daiso (pack of 5 for $2.80 - less than the cost of 1 Midliner!)- the colors are basically the same e.g. I can't even see any difference between the red highlighters of both brands.

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Uniball Signo

After trying t the 0.7mm and hating it (too inky) I was hesitant to try the 0.5mm and 0.38mm. But after seeing so many people rave about them on Instagram (it’s seriously the worst place to enable you to spend money!) I decided to give them a try.

I was pleasantly surprised and actually really liked the thinner tips of these pens. The 0.5mm was great to write with. The 0.38mm was a bit too small for my liking.

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Sakura Aqualip

This pen was awful! It’s way to inky and liquidy. I’m not really sure what to do with this pen now and regret buying it. Oh well, I suppose that’s one good thing about having a pen addiction – at least they’re cheap!

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Frixion Erasable Meal Planning stamp

I’ve been using the Frixion erasable stamps for a while (I have the present for birthdays and use the star and heart for creating checklists).

I’d only seen them at Officeworks and they didn’t have a meal planning stamp so when I saw it at Bunbougu I quickly added it to the cart.

I love this stamp - quick and easy to use - it's self inking so there's no mess! I used it for week 18 of the 52 planner in 52 weeks challenge.

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Frixon ball erasable pen 0.38mm

If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll be familiar with me mentioning this pen brand :) After having tried various styles of these erasable pens including:

  • 5mm 3 colors in 1
  • 5mm
  • 7mm retractable
  • 7mm with a pen lid

I wanted to try out the 0.38mm size because I’d seen it come in way more colors than any of the other Frixion styles. After trying it out I've found the 0.38mm tip too thin for my liking and will be sticking with the 0.7mm retractable pens.

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Pentel Fude Touch Sign

I bought this pen to try for hand lettering. I'd been using the Marvy Le Pen and the Tombow but they're quite large and I've found them harder to get the hang of than the much smaller Pentel Fude Touch Sign. Plus this pen being smaller, is better for writing headings for lists. Double plus - the pen is about half the cost of a Tombow brush pen.

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Hi Tec Maica – C

These pens are expensive and the pack doesn't include purple - one of my favorite colors that I use for color coding! I’ll admit these pens were a bit of a disappointment. I wanted to try a needle tip pen - they don't write well on an angle these pens don't come in wide enough range of colors.

I later found these at Officeworks for sale individually if you want to try them.

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If there are any places you frequent to buy planner pens, please comment below – I’d love to know!

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