The 29 Best Pens 2018

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Are you a pen enthusiast?

Well, if you are then you've struck gold!

With the plethora of choices in the market it might get a bit overwhelming finding the best pen for your needs. I've spend the week playing around with different types of pens. Some of them were beautiful and amazing to hold. While others.. not so much.

I've also included the pen company all the US presidents traditionally use and some that are sadly out of my financial reach.

Best Luxury/Fountain Pens

The following are some of the sweetest looking luxurious fountain pens you can use, for signing documents, calligraphy, giving off a strong first impression or as a gift to someone respected.

This is a black silk, elegant varnished pen with a multi-layer metallic lacquer. You will notice that this pen has a look of depth and timelessness and is also individually quality checked making it one of Parker's most successful ranges that are manually assembled. This is a durable pen and with a stainless steel nib that is gold-plated.

The pen is made from certified fused steel from the shipyard where the great Titanic was built.

It is designed in such a way that it has rivets, portholes, propellers and pistons.  Each of which is a strictly limited edition.

This is a much more complicated pen which will surely make you stand out among your colleagues.

Fountain Pens

This pen is crafted with an 18-karat gold nib which is plated in a dark metal. The metal barrel is durable with a metallic finish and a retractable nib that has a hidden trap door that usually helps in preventing the pen from drying out.

The pen usually comes in a few color options and you can also choose your preferred nib as well as the ink filling system.

This is a unique pen with a cigar-shaped silhouette and a 23-karat gold-plated stainless steel nib and a converter ink filling system. This pen is very much classy and it comes with only two nib sizes to choose from, medium or fine. This can be termed as one of the best fountain pens from France and has been around since 1883.

This is the Pilot Namiki Falcon fountain pen, one of the most expensive fountain pens but the best when it comes to quality. It has an 18 Karat Gold-plated hooded nib which is much flexible. It comes with an option of choosing whether you want a fine, extra fine, medium or a broad tip. It also comes with a blue ink cartridge and a converter of the same brand.

Best Micro Gel Ink Pens

If you are new to the world of micro tip pens and this is probably the first time you are going for a pen that’s under 0.7mm, just the Signo DX. With a barrel that perfectly combines minimalism and durability, it gives you a great writing experience producing sharp lines with a dark black ink.

When you look closely, you will realize that needle tip of this pen lays down a line closer to some 0.5mm pens but this doesn't stop it from giving an incredible performance when it comes to writing. With how it is greatly designed, it is not a surprise that it also fits as one of the best microgel ink pens.

Best Rollerball Pens

Century II  -The Presidential Pen

This is the company all modern presidents have traditionally used. Even Trump. For a video of it check out this CNN article. It's beautiful, sleek and robust and comes in variations that will suit even the pickiest of penmen (or women).

This is a retractable roller ball ink pen that has a stainless steel barrel with a high gloss metallic lacquer. This pen is capless and always packaged in a sturdy graphic tube which also works as a pen stand.

It can also be converted to a ballpoint with Easy Flow 9000 (REF71) or Parker style refill. Get your hands on this pen and you won’t regret the experience you get.

This is also one of the best rollerball pens available as it gives you a conveniently smooth and free-flowing writing experience. It is durable premium with a 0.7mm fine tip for precise writing.

It also features a uni super ink which protects it against water, fading, and fraud. It has a visible ink supply window that allows you to see how much of ink is remaining and also comes in a variety of colors including black, blue, green, and red among others.

Best Ball Point Pens

Here we have the Sarasa, F/G-301, F-701, and F-402. Mostly known for their trademark all-steel, metallic design, they are also elegant and sharp looking. Not all of them are trademarked with the steel body though. The Zebra Sarasa, for instance, is a great gel pen that has a transparent body and soft grip that provides a comfortable writing experience. Zebra pens are also very much portable and attractive when it comes to the design.

Best Pens for Planners

Unlike colored pencils, this is a fade free, water resistant and a fine pointed pen. It has a uni-flow system that ensures a steady flow of ink hence a smooth and consistent handwriting. It also comes in a set of 5 pens with different colors all of which have vented refills which keep them from leaking or exploding and this makes this pen to be ideal for those who like traveling.

Best Disposable Pens

When I say pilot pens, I mean the G2, V5/V7, Varsity, and the G-Tech/Hi-Tech. these were the first pens you probably got introduced to and they might have showed you that a writing implement could be more than a utilitarian device. Pilot pens fit this category since they are highly affordable, broadly available; they are smooth and provides clean writing. For those who like fountain pens, you can go with the Varsity.

pilot pens g2

Best Pen for Handwriting

This is also one of the best pens in this category. The uni-ball Vision Elite is a very smooth pen that gives offers you a great comfortable feeling when writing. The ink leaves clear, solid and even strokes and this always results in a clean and smooth text.

uniball vision elite

Wrapping it up

Well, we all have problems with handwriting. Either we lack legibility, consistency or it’s just that we don’t like the way our writing or drawing looks. However, if you have keenly gone through this article, I am more than certain that you have picked one or two if not all the pens to help you improve your writing and art.  Remember, practice makes perfect so pick the right tool and keep practicing until you become a pro.

About the author

John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

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