Smooth Writing: Top Shelf Pens

No more hoarding hotel pens -- it's time for something nice

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TopShelf (3)I spend a lot of my spare time writing — on paper, even. So naturally, my fingers have probably spent a year’s worth of time wrapped around the grips of various pens. Bic, office, hotel, generic chained-down pens from the bank … I’ve held them all, and more.

Most of them are junk. If I find a pen that settles nicely into my grip, and that writes when I need it to, I protect it more vigilantly than my wallet. And when I travel, pens are the only novelty item I buy — they act as a reminder of my trip, and a reflection of myself.

They also cost a lot more than the $5 pack I usually get at Target (TGT), which is why I look forward to a future where, having invested wisely, I can justify the expense of luxury pens.

After years of struggling with cheap pens that seem to dispense ink only when you’re testing them, you deserve something that writes — no, something that writes well. Something that feels nice in your hands. Or perhaps you don’t plan on using the pen, and you just want something with personality.

The S. T. Dupont Defi Fountain Pen in Carbon Fiber and Palladium Trim is a nice entry into luxury pens, with the added benefit of sounding vaguely like one of Iron Man’s accessories. This sleek pen, which is designed for everyday use, will set you back $510. (Or $310 without the palladium trim.)

For something with a more articulate design, there’s the Montegrappa Privilege Deco Large Silver Rollerball Pen. Montegrappa is one of the biggest players in the luxury pen space, and the company’s design abilities are on full display here. The elegant sterling silver and geometric design exude quality — this pen is sure to catch eyes.

Or, for a more understated alternative, there’s the Conway Stewart Churchill Classic Black Fountain Pen. This is the same kind of pen that Winston Churchill used during World War II. If it was good enough for a prime minister during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern history, it’s probably good enough for you and me. In classic black with 18-karat gold trim, this is one stately writing utensil.

If these pens have left you underwhelmed, don’t worry. You can find a pen to match any price you’re willing to pay — and probably well beyond. Tired of arguing about whether the pen is mightier than the sword? The Tibaldi Hercules Sterling Silver Fountain Pen gives you the power of both. Or, if you happen to be a fan of Bruce Lee, dragons or emeralds (or all three), there’s the Montegrappa Dragon Bruce Lee 18k Gold Rollerball Pen with Emeralds. (For executives/lottery winners only — this pen costs six figures.)

I’ll have to invest my money wisely to end up with a golden dragon pen or a memorial to Winston Churchill.

Until then, I’ll make peace with my Bic Ultra Round Stic Grip.

Adam Benjamin is an Assistant Editor at InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.

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