THE BEST Pens

Move Mini Bolt Action Pen

Move Mini Bolt Action Pen

A 3.3″ pen made of hard anodized aluminum. It has a bolt-action mechanism and a hole for threading a keyring or a lanyard through. It will only work with Lamy M22 refills though (one is included with each purchase).

Livescribe 3 Smartpen

Livescribe 3 Smartpen

The new Livescribe 3 smartpen pairs to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Together with the Livescribe app and notebook, it will digitize what you write in real time. The app converts your handwriting to text, calendar events and more.

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Grime Writer

Grime Writer

Create legal street art by writing messages in the layer of dirt and filth coating many smooth-surfaced urban objects. This fat-tipped marker writes using soapy water, so your art will be washed away in the next big rainstorm.

Polar Magnet Pen & Stylus

Polar Magnet Pen & Stylus

Andrew Gardner invented a pen and stylus combo with a body made of 12 small cylindrical magnets. Use its body as you would any other magnet or just play around with it. The pen is compatible with 0.3mm gel ink cartridges.

S&W Tactical Stylus Pen

S&W Tactical Stylus Pen

Smith & Wesson’s Tactical Stylus Pen is made of anodized aluminum. The body has a sharp pointed butt and a screw-on cap with a stylus tip. The pen uses a Parker-style refill.

Pilot FriXion Erasable Pens

Pilot FriXion Erasable Pens

FriXion pens use heat-sensitive ink that can be rubbed off. If you left your paper exposed to heat, Boing Boing says you can recover what you wrote by placing the paper in the freezer. It won’t work if you rubbed off the ink though.

Outdoor Journal Kit

Outdoor Journal Kit

Rite in the Rain’s Outdoor Journal Kit consists of a water- and dirt-repellent notebook, an all-weather pen that can write upside down or on wet paper and a durable carrying case. Available in different notebook sizes.

Titanium Click Pen w/ Stylus

Titanium Click Pen w/ Stylus

Ti-Click pens have titanium bodies and interchangeable capacitive stylus tips. The Ti-Click PRO works with 45+ types of rollerball refills while the Ti-Click RTS works with 35+ Parker-style refills.

The CoCoPen

The CoCoPen

An elegant and substantial pen crafted from solid aluminum alloy and the shell of an actual coconut. Each piece of the tropical tree nut is CNC machined and hand-polished to become part of the grip and cap of the pen.

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen

The 3Doodler uses technology similar to that of 3D printers to heat and cool a stream of plastic as it passes through the pen’s nib and allows you to lift your imagination off the page by writing in thin air.

Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Pen

Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Pen

A new Livescribe pen that can record and digitize whatever you write or hear, and send it wirelessly to Evernote, so you can instantly view and search it anywhere in the world, on just about any device.

Stab-Resistant Prison Pens

Stab-Resistant Prison Pens

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not currently locked up, but if you find yourself incarcerated, these bendy pens are designed to let you write, but not turn them into deadly shivs.

Bolt Action Tactical Pen

Bolt Action Tactical Pen

A weapon-themed approach to click pens. Instead of a simple push, the pen tip is locked in place using a bolt action mechanism similar to the ones found in rifles. Made of anodized aluminum.

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Ink’d Biodegradable Pens

Ink’d Biodegradable Pens

A ballpoint pen made of biodegradable material that decomposes into carbon and water when discarded. Its triangular shape improves writing comfort. Coming in a variety body and cap colors.

Journal Bandoliers

Journal Bandoliers

Etsy seller Cleverhands makes straps with small loops for carrying pens and pencils while wrapped around a book, sketchpad or journal. There’s also a version that carries cellphones.

Ink Dot Portrait

Ink Dot Portrait

Check out the quiet beauty (and flowing camera and editing work) in Miguel Endara’s video of the making of “Hero,” a drawing of his father which he created from 3.2 million ink dots and a single pen.

Predict-a-Pen

Predict-a-Pen

Like a Magic 8-Ball, but in pen form. Just ask this pen a question, shake it up, and watch as your writing instrument deals out advice you will no doubt follow as if it came from Confucius himself.

PHX-1 Artist’s Tool

PHX-1 Artist’s Tool

Chadwick & Joe’s PHX-1 tool combines the Hi-Tec-C and Signo DX pens, a hobby knife and a designer ruler with 7 measurements into a stainless steel body and a sustainable bamboo case.

Continuous-Line Drawings

Continuous-Line Drawings

We’ve got a theory that your equipment enhances your performance; case in point, these drawings by Chan Hwee Chong, created in a single stroke with a Faber Castell Artist’s Pen. Action video here.

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

Ballpoint Pen Paintings

We’ve seen how awesome a drawing made using a ballpoint pen can be. Artist Shane McAdams shows that it’s also possible to use the simple writing instrument to make stunning paintings.

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Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen

Carbon Fiber Fountain Pen

The Kaweco AC Sport fountain pen is made of solid matte-finished aluminum and genuine carbon fiber. It measures 4.1″ when capped and 5.2″ when posted. Available in a variety of nibs.

Butterfly Knife-Styled Pen

Butterfly Knife-Styled Pen

A ballpen with a butterfly knife-style case that you can twirl, flip and spin without fear of hurting yourself (or anyone else). It’ll probably get you a couple extra gropes with the TSA though.

Metal Pen Key Ring

Metal Pen Key Ring

A more portable version of the inkless pen, with a key ring attached to its cap. Just like its big brother, instead of using ink it leaves bits of metal on paper. Great for quick and short writing.

Graffiti Ballpoint Pen

Graffiti Ballpoint Pen

The blue and orange splatter design case on the Kaligraffiti pen holds an easy flow pen refill that deploys using spray nozzle click top. The signature on your TPS reports will never be the same.

Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensils

Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensils

A boon for multi-taskers, Fred’s clever Dine Ink Pen Cap Utensil set is modeled after the classic Bic ballpoint stick pens, but in this case come with food-safe, reusable fork, knife and spoon caps.

Edible Pen Concept

Edible Pen Concept

Like many people, Dave Hakkens has a habit of chewing on his pen. He eventually found a type of candy that doesn’t stick or melt easily and used it to create his edible pen, which also uses edible ink.

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