I played around with some new pens and my Klic-N-Kut machine. I used the same pressure, speed and file for most of the pens and changed to a thicker letter for the markers. If you click on the image to the left, you can see the results I found along with the name of the pen that I used.
They were all tested at a speed of 500 and pressure of 200. You may have different results by lowering the pressure but I wanted to be fair to all of them and just start with 200.
I also used a Foohy Elements grip on the outside of the pen. I did not bother taking the barrell out to see if it would fit in the Accugraphics pen holder. I removed my blade holder, and stuck the pen in the blade carriage with the foam grip and then tightened the screw to hold it in place. I have a pack of 24 grips that I will be selling individually at the store, that way you don't have to buy a pack of 25 grips. You only need 1 per machine anyway. :)
I'll go from top left to bottom left, and then top right to bottom right with links to the pens in my store if you'd like to learn more about the pens. They are all either in stock, or you can pre-order the pen sets that I carry.
1) American Crafts Ultimate Gel Pen - This one looks a little funky because it took 3 times going over this file to get the ink flowing correctly. I used a brand new pen, so I'm sure it will turn out nicer once you have used it a few times.
2) Fiskars Gel Pen - This one did very well. The pack I pulled from is a pack of 48 which has a number of different kinds of pens inside including glitter, regular opaque pens, etc.
3) Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust - I used the Midnight colors set this one didn't do as well. There is a few times at the start of the "cut" where it blobbed a little ink. I think it may have worked better on a less detailed file.
4) Sakura Gelly Roll - This pen did the best out of all the pens I tested. A nice even line all the way around, and a nice fine line as well.
5) Yasutomo Gel Xtreme metallic roller - this pen did pretty well too. Nice even lines all the way around the cut.
6) American Crafts Metallic Marker Medium Point - GREAT marker to use with this machine! Nice even lines all the way around the letters and isn't too thick so that you could use it on a bit of an intricate cut.
7) American Crafts Glitter Marker Bold Point - Again a very nice marker but you can see where the carriage started each "cut". That may decrease if you use less pressure and I do like this marker a lot, but because of the bold point, it would need to be used on a bold font. I do like the bit of glitter contained in the bold marker too!
8) American Crafts Precision Pens - This one did the best out of the fine markers. I used the 01point for this intricate "cut". There are 5 different sizes in the black set, and you can get the fine points in a variety of colors.
9) American Crafts Slick Writers Fine Point - These pens are meant for use on slick surfaces like vellum, acetate, plastic, photos, glass, stickers, etc. It is a very quick drying ink and I use it a lot in my paper crafts. For this test, I used the fine point, and it is a little too broad for this particular cut, but I think a broader "cut" on a piece of transparency or something would look awesome! This marker did very well, other than it was too broad of a point for this particular file.
10) American Crafts Ultimate Glitter Gels - This pen did the best of the glitter pen varieties I tested. Nice smooth lines all the way around, but the 1.0 tip was a little broad for this particular file. I think it would do very well on thicker "cuts".
So, there you have it! I do have some Glaze and Souffle pens by Sakura that I would like to test out as well, but these are the ones that I have gotten for the store and wanted to test them first. If you have any questions, or any other brand of pens you'd like to see tested with my machine, please let me know!
The KNK machine is great for cutting, but using a gel pen, marker, etc gives it so much more variety of things you can do with it! With the thicker markers, you could first draw your title, and then replace your marker with the blade in order to have a beautiful colored lining all around your diecut!