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The Significance of Ink Color on Legal Papers

The Significance of Ink Color on Legal Papers

The significance of the written word has existed for centuries: we can trace the first forms of written expression all the way back to 3500 BC. Throughout the centuries, writing has become more legally binding than oral communication in many respects. Be it a mere X or an entire name meticulously written, a few strokes of a pen can become an unbreakable promise.

It’s the Details That Count

Once someone puts their name to paper, they want the words above their signature to become indisputable law. For this reason, legal documents have strict rules intended to prevent loopholes, further negotiation, and future disputes. More often than not, for example, legal documents should be signed in pen. Use of other writing tools is rare: you wouldn’t want to sign a legally binding document in pencil—although, despite what you may have guessed, a signature in pencil is still legally binding. You could sign with a crayon, and the document would still be legitimate. However, most people know this isn’t recommended, as common sense dictates use of permanent ink. Pencil marks can be erased, and the validity of the document can then be called into question.

Most commonly, either blue or black ink is used for signing documents. While both are acceptable, many people consider blue the optimal choice. The reasoning behind this is that the color will stand out among the walls of black text on the document while still being dark enough to read. Blue ink also indicates that the document is an original and not a copy.

The Problem with Red

Red ink, on the other hand, often evokes a negative reaction—perhaps we can attribute part of that to the pens our teachers used when grading our papers. Red isn’t often used to sign documents, but not for the reason you may suspect. Red, as well as colors such as green or purple, don’t necessarily show up very well on photocopied documents. Scanners can’t always pick these colors up, so the signatures may appear very light, or they may not show at all. To avoid these possibilities, opting for the safest choice—black or blue ink—is best.

In a more romantic sense, what can make you feel more dignified and complete than creating something permanent with a tool that feels worthy of act? A sleek stainless steel pen sitting comfortably in your palm makes the magnitude of the situation that much more important. Modern Fuel’s luxury writing instruments come with luxurious black ink that will make any legal document feel even more important.