One of my mantras as a crafter and a product reviewer is “There is no BAD products- only finding the right one for the job at hand.” And by and large, that is true. The only time when you really need to know “which is better than that” is when you have multiple choices in the same product category. So when folks as me “What is the best glue pen?” of course, I have to test them all out and see which one is best for which job!
So let’s start off by learning a bit about the six glue pens I’m comparing here. Each will have a number assigned to it that will correspond to the swatch cards.
(Note: some of the links below MAY be affiliate links, and if the product is listed as acid free/photo safe, I have noted that.)
- Precision Point Adhesive, Creative Memories. Retails $18.00- available only on Ebay now. Discontinued from CM as the company has been sold.
- Craft Bond Fine-Line Glue Pen, Elmer’s. $2.50, Oriental Trading. Photo-safe, acid free.
- Aleene’s Tacky Glue Fast Dring Glue Pen,( 2-Pack) ($3.50 for 2).
- Tombow Glue Pen $5.25
- Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, $3.76
- Sailor 2 in 1 glue pen
Now let’s look at those nibs! All but the Tacky Glue has a rolling-ball style pen nib.
Left to right, 1-6.
Because this is such an expansive comparison, it’s easiest to show you in a video:
Now let’s look at those swatches again!
- The discontinued Creative Memories pen performed best overall.
- Tacky Glue leaves a raised glue line. Not great if you are using delicate items.
- Elmer’s glue and the Tombow glue were the thinnest and most transparent.
- The Sailor glue did not perform particularly well, but it might have been an older bottle.
All performed equally well with text weight paper.
- The Creative Memories glue seemed to adhere most securely.
- Surprisingly, the Tacky Glue did not wrinkle the paper!
- Sailor Glue fail.
- Again, the Creative memories worked the best.
- Some lifting noted with the Tombow Glue Pen
- Sailor Pen Fail.
- Best perfomer for glitter- the SAILOR PEN!! Who would have thunk it?
- Best adhesion- Tacky Glue (but thickest line.)
- Quickie Pen and Creative Memories good runners-up.
- Best adhesion for the thick ribbon- Tacky Glue. But it squeezed through the thin ribbon.
- Better-than-expected results from Elmer’s considering how thin and light the glue is!
- Creative memories has a great hold on both, too.
So… now we know:
- Best overall- Creative Memories- BUT IT’S DISCONTINUED!!
- Tacky glue- great for chunky ribbons, things with texture, and paper.
- Quickie glue- great for writing, thin lines.
- Elmer’s- a great overall thin glue with a wider ball point
- Sailor- great for writing and glitter adhesion.
I was least impressed with Tombow, as it dried really fast and was the most difficult to see.
SO…there’s the first installment! I’ve found 3 other brands of glue pens online, and as soon as they get to CTD WHQ, I’ll be running the exact same tests with them. (One is the Zig Glue Pen, which looks suspiciously like the discontinued Creative Memories pen. Let’s hope it’s the same product in a different package!)
Let me know your thoughts below and if you have a favorite glue PEN (ball-style nib.) I’m all ears!
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