Mightier than the sword? You may scoff, but the right pen can jot down the first scribblings of a multi-million business empire, make a note of whispers that become a hot scoop, or even commit you to contracts that will change your life forever. There’s no sword that could do all that.
But, despite pens inking our signatures and ideas on these momentous occasions, most of the time we bite the lid off a clear plastic biro, it’s just to scrawl a shopping list, or doodle our way through a particularly boring boardroom meeting.
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t still invest in the best. Up the standard of your everyday pen, and it’ll kick everything else into touch — from your handwriting to your ideas. We’ve jotted down our pick of pens, so take a look and make sure that your next scribblings are done in style.
Get yourself 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 will flow 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 through 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 a Post-It — 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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