A notary’s pens may be purchased in the cheapest style or in the highest qualify she can afford. My personal favorites for notarizing for the public are my Scentsy promotional pens that cost about $.50. They are comfortable, smooth-writing, have blue ink, and were cheap. Most of all, I don’t mind letting signers keep them.
You need to strike a balance between using great pens that you love and cheap pens that you can afford to lose. You’re going to lose a lot of pens during your tenure as a notary public.
I recommend giving away cheap pens with your phone number on them. My Scentsy pens have all of my contact information on them. I couldn’t pass up the price when I signed up to sell Scentsy and the pens were offered so inexpensively—notaries know when to grab a pen bargain!
A final word about my Scentsy pens...I would not use them at notary signing agent appointments simply because it would feel like I was promoting a business other than that I was sent there and paid to do. It's just unprofessional, in my opinion.
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Signatures on documents that will be recorded should be signed in blue or black ink. Brown, dark green, or dark red (like maroon) would probably be acceptable. Cherry red, hot pink, and fluorescent orange would probably not be considered dark enough if the documents were to be recorded by the county cleark.
Over the years I have seen loan documents signed in maroon ink using a Zebra SARASA Gel Pen by a Texas A&M employee who ignored the request to sign in blue or black ink. I have observed real estate documents signed in bright turquoise fountain pen ink by a wealthy man who was involved frequently in land transactions. That ink was as much a part of his signature as the writing he put on the documents. (By the way, the point of those comments was to say that to my knowledge, neither of those unique colors were rejected for recording.)
My advice on ink color: Be safe and steer signers toward blue or black ink when they are executing legal documents.