Mightier than the sword? You may scoff, but the right pen can jot down the first scribblings of a multi-million business empire, record the hushed whispers of a hot scoop, or commit you to contracts that will change your life forever. You’d be hard pushed to unsheath a sword that could do all that.
But, despite being used to ink important signatures and sweeping ideas, pens are also daily tools. We bite the lids off a clear plastic Biros every working day; to scrawl a shopping list, jot on a Post-It note, or doodle our way through a particularly boring boardroom meeting.
However, you should still invest in the best. Improve the standard of your everyday pen, and it’ll kick everything else into touch — from your handwriting to the quality of your work. We’ve jotted down our pick of pens, so take a look and ensure that your next scribblings are scrawled with style.
Uncap an intricately-designed fountain pen
The fountain pen — surely the height of writing sophistication? It’s just one step down on the flamboyancy scale from the quill, and has been putting thoughts and theories to paper for well over a century.
Now, it’s your turn to take up this age-old instrument — and get one that’s as decorative as the script that flows from its nib. From Ystudio, this brass and copper offering is tipped with a German-made filigree gold nib. Chopard’s palladium-plated option boasts a unique ruched pattern on the barrel, and Parker’s offering features a precise laser-etched chevron pattern.
Ystudio Portable Brass and Copper Fountain Pen
Chopard L.U.C Palladium-Plated Fountain Pen
Parker Duofold Lacquered Chevron Fountain Pen
Upgrade your ballpoint with some precious metals
Ballpoints get a bad rap. But not every one of these particularly handy pens are basic Biros. Invest in the best ballpoint money can buy, and you’ll have a reliable pen to last you for many years to come. And that means going for a precious metal.
Be it Montblanc’s Meisterstück pen — finished with platinum-plated details, or this weighty gold-plated pen from Caran D’ache, a precious metal is a sure-fire way to upgrade your pen game. Smythson’s sterling silver pen is the ultimate expression of decadence, house in a velvet-lined case to make your desk that little more sophisticated.
Montblanc Meisterstück Platinum-Plated Ballpoint
Caran D’Ache Ecridor Gold-Plated Ballpoint
Smythson Sterling Silver Ballpoint
Opt for a simple, monochrome rollerball
Of course, if you’re not into flashing your cash — or just feel a little silly using a golden pen to doodle on the back of a receipt — opt for something a little more restrained. Go for a rollerball, one step up from a ballpoint, and keep the colours restrained.
For example, Graf von Faber-Castell have used platinum and ebony to craft an understated, yet thoroughly expensive pen. S.T. Dupont’s Line D pen boasts a palladium cap, and this rollerball from Cross combines design ingenuity with jewellery-quality craftsmanship.
Graf Von Faber-Castell Ebony Rollerball
S.T. Dupont Line D Rollerball
Cross X Series Rollerball
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