Are Cricut Pens Compatible With All Machines?

Cricut pens are a great way to add a personal touch to your Cricut projects. As with all things Cricut, there are a few factors you need to consider when deciding if Cricut pens are compatible with your machine.

The main thing to consider is the type of Cricut machine you have. Some machines, such as the Maker and Explore Air 2, use an Adaptive Tool System that is designed for use with all types of tools, including pens. However, other machines such as the Expression 2 or Explore One do not have this system and therefore cannot use pens.

Another factor to consider is the type of pen you have. All Cricut Pens are compatible with the Adaptive Tool System, but not all pens will fit in all machines. Some models, such as the Expression 2 and Explore One, may require additional adapters in order to fit larger-sized pens.

Finally, it’s important to note that not all Cricut machines are compatible with every type of pen. The Explore Air 2, for example, is only compatible with certain types of pens from specific brands.


In conclusion, Cricut Pens are generally compatible with most Cricut Machines that use an Adaptive Tool System. However, other machines may require additional adapters or special pen types in order to be used. Ultimately, it’s important to check the specifications of both your machine and pen before making any purchases.