Pens that Work with Brother Scan n Cut Universal Pen Holder

brother scan n cut universal pen holderWe recently purchased a Brother Scan n Cut Universal Pen Holder and promptly set about testing a number of different pens to see what worked and what didn’t. I have to admit, that initially I was doubtful that very many of the pens we have on hand would actually work in it.

Well, we were pleasantly surprised because we found that a number of our pens not only worked but they worked extremely well. So with this in mind, we decided to write up a blog post so that our readers who either own the universal pen holder or are thinking of purchasing one, can see at a glance which pens will work.

We will add to the list over time as we purchase different pens. If you have any pens that you have successfully tried, please let us know in the comments field below and we will add them to the list.

Pens that work with the Brother Scan and Cut Universal Pen Holder

  1. Uniball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Ink Pen
  2. Sharpie – Extra Fine Point
  3. Sharpie – Extra Fine Point
  4. Sharpie – Ultra Fine Point
  5. Pentel EnerGel Liquild Gel Pen
  6. Uniball Insight 0.7mm Fine Pen – requires masking tape
  7. American Crafts Metallic Marker Broad Point
  8. Uniball Eye Fine UB-157 – requires masking tape
  9. Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens B – requires masking tape
  10. Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.3 – requires masking tape


In the picture you will see that some of these pens required masking tape as they are too thin to sit securely in the holder. These are numbers 4,6,7 and 8.

BSNC Universal Pen Holder



Listed below are pens suggested by our readers that have worked for them.

  1. Tsukineko EMBOSS Dual Pen
  2. Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  3. Sharpie Ultra Fine Point


  1. Katie-Louise sweetlove says:

    Thanks for the info about this. I have just ordered one of these pen holders so it is very useful information.

  2. I have tried Tsukineko EMBOSS Dual Pen with great success.

  3. Patricia Karstens says:

    Where can I buy the Universal Pen Holder In New Zealand?

  4. Hi, the sakura gelly roll pens work really well with the universal pen holder, no tape required, hope this helps.
    Regards Liz.

  5. Thank you Liz. I will add this pen to the list.

  6. carole burrell says:

    Hi, is the sharpie extra fine pen the same as the ultra fine?
    Kind regarfs

  7. Have you tried any waters soluble markers in the universal pen holder and if so, which ones do you recommend.

    • We haven’t tried any water soluble pens in the past, but we do use Frixion pens on our fabric so I just went to test one and it worked. The ones we use are the Frixion .07 ball fine pens.

      Other than that, we haven’t tried any others.

  8. Mandy Hodges says:

    Thank you very much for putting this together.
    Staedtler fineliner (the triangular shapes ones) work with masking tape also.

  9. Hi – Just to let you all know – Sharpie Ultra Fine pens work with the universal pen holder – I’ve just tried them – my first play with the universal pen holder. x

  10. Penny barrow says:

    Does the universal pen holder work in scan n cut 1

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