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Quickie Glue Pen vs. MONO Glue Pen by Tombow

Reported by Susan Reidy
I love my Quickie Glue Pen by Sakura. It filled a hole in my adhesive arsenal, specifically it worked great to adhere those teeny tiny die cuts, punches and paper piecings.
But it wasn’t perfect. So my eye started to wander, until it found the MONO Glue Pen by Tombow. Not wanting to chuck my first love, I decided to let them compete for my affections.

I made them jump through crafting hoops that included various mediums (cardstock, chipboard, vellum, glitter, ribbon) that papercrafters commonly adhere to cardstock or patterned paper.
Before I did that, I had to compare their appearance. I know it’s not everything, but hey, a girl wants her glue to look good, right?
Both are shaped like pens, with small pen tip points. The Quickie boasts of a 0.7 mm line width and the Tombow a 1 mm line width. Honestly, I didn’t notice much difference in the size of glue line they each produced. If you squint real hard, you can make out the glue lines in the photo above.
The size and function of these pens is perfect for gluing small things; I don’t use them for adhering cardstock mats, photos or other large items. I particularly like them for Quickutz Squeeze die cuts, which tend to be on the small side. The glue pens make quick work of adhering intricately cut letters, lace cardstock and other delicate items.

You don’t need to squeeze to start the glue flowing; just tap the tip on your paper a few times and out it comes. Then you can write just like you would with a pen.

Because you can be so precise with where you put the glue, you don’t have to worry that excess adhesive will gum up your project.
Speaking of quick, you do need to be speedy when using these pens. By the very nature of them releasing small amounts of wet glue, they dry quickly. This is one reason to reserve these pens for small items (the other being that you would quickly use up your pens on larger items).

Here’s a key difference between the two pens: Quickie glue goes on blue, which makes it easy to see where, and how much, glue you have added. This is especially helpful when you’re dealing with small pieces and tiny amounts of glue. An added bonus is that the glue is permanent when it’s blue, but if you wait for it to dry, it’s repositionable.
Tombow goes on clear, and is strictly permanent. I found it tricky to see how much glue I had put on my pieces.
I also found it difficult to get the glue flowing, and keep it flowing, from the Tombow pen. I had to press the top several times to get it started, and after putting it down for any length of time, it took awhile to get it going again.
The Quickie was ready to go straight out of the shoot, with just one or two presses (maybe that’s why it’s called Quickie?). I this relationship, I do find faster is better. It also flowed much better, giving me a consistent, even line of glue. Remember this point, it will be important later when I talk about glittering.
So how did they do in adhering? Overall, they both did equally well in holding items where I wanted them. In my tests, I let everything dry overnight and tested them by trying to lift the items with my fingernail.

As you can see, they both grabbed onto these little chipboard letters and even metal (Quickie on the left, Tombow on the right). Normally, I wouldn’t use glue pens on metal, but Tombow said it could do it, so I gave it a try.
The hardest part was getting the glue to come out of the Tombow pen onto the slick metal surface. I had to get it started a few times on cardstock first, and found the best method was to push down on the tip and make dots of glue.
Quickie came out easily on the metal, and did a great job of adhering it.
Next up was glitter. Aside from adhering tiny die cuts, this is my favorite way to use glue pens. You can use the pens to write words, highlight certain parts of patterned paper or stamped images or just draw nice straight lines, and then dump on the glitter.
As I mentioned before, you do need to work quickly so the glue doesn’t dry before you can glitter. Finer glitter works better than the chunkier stuff.
The flow problems came into play again with the Tombow pen. Because it doesn’t come out consistently, my word didn’t glitter completely.

I also gave them both a try with ribbon and vellum. I found they worked best with ribbon if you put the glue on your cardstock first, and laid the ribbon on top. When I tried to add the glue directly to the ribbon, it soaked in too fast and wasn’t sticky.

Both did great adhering this skinny ribbon. Again, I let it dry overnight and it was still adhered the next morning. That’s better than some of the other adhesives I’ve tried; many times I find my ribbon sticking up the next day.

As you can see from the photo above, the pens probably aren’t the best for vellum. They may hold it down, but the adhesive shows through.

For this card, I used my Quickie pen to attach the tropical drink Quickutz die cut. That tiny straw and lime wedge would have been tricky to adhere without my trusty glue pen. I also used the pen on my letters, and some glittery bling around my scalloped circle.

On this layout, I used my glue pen to adhere the die cut cardstock. It worked great around all those circles, and didn’t leave any extra glue in the openings. I also drew some shapes inside the circles and added glitter.

Overall, the biggest difference I found in these two pens was how the glue come out and its color. Quickie comes out blue and flows very easily, immediately. Tombow is clear, and it takes a while to get it flowing, and keep it flowing.

For these reasons, I’m going to stick with Quickie. But in a pinch, I’ll pick up Tombow since it adheres just as well, but just needs a little coaxing to perform.

  • Small, pen like tips on both glue pens make them ideal for adhering small, intricate items without leaving messy residue.
  • Both adhere a variety of materials very well.
  • The Quickie Glue Pen flows easily, and comes out blue which makes it easy to see.
  • The Quickie Glue Pen can be permanent or repositionable.


  • The glue from both dries quickly once applied, so you have to move fast.
  • It’s more difficult to get glue flowing, and to keep it flowing, from the Tombow pen.

Both pens are widely available at major craft stores and online. They retail for about $2.99.

Have you tried the Quickie Glue Pen or Tombow Glue Pen? Which do you prefer? What’s your favorite way to use glue pens?


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