Here are a few pens that give you a little taste of luxury without sending you to the poorhouse.
Pens range in price from a few pennies to over a million dollars. Some pens you wouldn’t mind tossing after one use, others become life-long accessories.
Finding a pen that writes well, feels comfortable, lasts long, and doesn’t destroy our bank accounts can be difficult, but I’ve found a few that you might want to try.
Uni-ball Signo Bold 207 Retractable Gel
This pen is retractable, lightweight, and B-O-L-D (1.0 mm line)! I like this pen because of how thickly it lays down ink. In my near-decade of working in social services, having a pen that marks thick means copies of signatures and form fields come out clear and legible copy after copy. Also, you are purchasi
ng that level of quality for the price (around $1 per pen), but that amount might not break your finances completely. This is especially true if you buy a 12-pack
instead of one or two at a time.
Watch Out! – I’ve not been able to find refills for this pen (if you do, please email me
). So once it’s empty, you can toss it. I haven’t found this to be a problem because I value those thick lines and the writing comfort so much. If a pen not being refillable is a deal-breaker for you, steer clear!
Pilot Dr. Grip Medium FullBlack Retractable Ballpoint
Sleek, sexy and smooth, this is a ballpoint pen that I love to write with. It puts down a sophisticated, 1.0 millimeter line and the ink flows like silk. The grip is comfortable and the pen itself is has a thicker body that helps decrease my hand fatigue. This pen is refillable and comes in a black-on-black style with only the clip being silver. I’ve seen this pen sell for as little $6 online, but usually between $8 and $10 from a physical store. But since it looks great, writes well, is comfortable, and is refillable, it’s an investment I didn’t mind making.
Pentel EnerGel Alloy RT Liquid Gel
So far, the ultimate favorite of mine! I can’t resist a metal barrel, so this pen immediately caught my eye when I saw it on the shelf at WalMart
. This is an aesthetically pleasing pen that comes in (so far as I’ve seen) pink, three difference shades of blue, purple, black, red, silver, and gold. All of these colors have silver accents.
This pen is retractable. It has a heavy body that has a classy vibe. Every time I pull this pen out to write with it I get either a compliment or a question about it’s construction or where I found it (most times, I get all three!). Even for people who aren’t office supply geeks like myself, the sight of this pen screams “quality.” It sells for between $6 and $20, sometimes the difference in price is solely based on the color (the gold body, for instance, will be on the higher end). But, being refillable, you can just pick your favorite color and use it ad infinitum!
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