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GUIDE / What pen is the best one for you?

A lot of people are surprised that people use pens and pencils anymore, but in fact we've found pens to be our most popular buy. There's something about putting pen to paper that makes us slow down and think about what we're writing, more so than quickly tapping away on a screen.

Knowing what pen to buy can sometimes be a difficult decision and with all the different varieties, it is hard to know where to start.  You might have noticed that the price of pens can vary greatly from a couple of pounds, to a couple of hundred.  The biggest explanation for the price difference, usually, is how smooth the pen writes.  Often, the cheaper pens varieties come with a scratchy nib which you’ll notice when it writes on the page, and the premium pens are a little smoother.  Another thing to consider if you’re investing in a “forever pen” is whether the pen comes with ink refills.  The last thing you’ll want is for your ink to run out in your new favourite pen, and have no option to refill it.  In this post we’re going to talk about everything you need to know before you invest in your new pen. 

 

BALLPOINT PEN

This variety of pen is the most comment pen-type out there that you’ll find.  They are often easy to purchase and inexpensive such as a biro-style pen. They have a rounded tip that has an oil-based ink inside. This type of ink writes smoothly and dries quickly so they’re great on the go.  

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ROLLERBALL PEN

They are similar to a ballpoint pen, but the ink inside is water-based so it writes on paper with sharp, dark lines.  They are often favoured over the other varieties as they provide the practicality of a ballpoint pen but also the thin lines and precise of a fountain pen.  They are often made with a finer tip which in many cases can make your writing look a little neater.   The drawback of a rollerball, over a ballpoint pen is that they can leak easily if put in a pocket or stored upside down. 

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FOUNTAIN PEN

The fountain pen is a firm-favourite among letter-writers and is one of the first type of pen invented.  As a result, they are still considered to be the best by many today.  The pen holds a cartridge of ink and the tip includes a metal nib where the ink flows through.  The joy with using a fountain pen is that they are extremely customisable - they come in a variety of different nib widths which provide different thicknesses of ink on the paper.  You can also buy different coloured ink cartridges if you wanted to mix it up one month to the next.   

The biggest disadvantage of using a fountain pen is their tendency to leak, due to the way the ink is stored and transferred. They can also be somewhat difficult to learn how to write with but with practice and perseverance you’ll soon see why they are a favourite with many people.  A good fountain pen is a piece of precision instrument. Any regular pen can help you write, but a fountain pen allows you to write and enjoy the excitement of writing at the same time.

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BRUSH PEN

Brush or felt-tip pens have a spongy fabric tip which creates darker lines.  They often come in a permanent ink option and their tips come in different sizes.  The thinner tips are best for everyday writing where as the thicker options are best for arts and crafts, or using the pen as a marker on a surface.  The watery ink in a felt tip pen has a tendency to run and bleed on thinner paper types. If you need to do some fine precision writing, such as using the pen to sign your name, you may want to look elsewhere.

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