5 of the best pens

Even though we live in a QWERTY world, don’t write off writing. Get your scribble on with one of these ace pens

Parker Ingenuity

£135, harrods.com

It looks like a fountain pen, it writes like a fountain pen, yet the Parker Ingenuity isn’t a fountain pen. Despite the nib aesthetic, the Ingenuity uses the Parker 5th system, a soft tipped refill that adapts to your cursive style. We also love the weighty rubber finish and chrome trim.

Just Mobile AluPen Pro

€40, xtand.net

Part retractable ballpoint pen, part tablet stylus, the AluPen Pro not only combines jobbing jottings with a geek benefit, it’s also the right size (its predecessor, the AluPen, was a stylus fashioned after an Argos catalogue pen). We like the new look and the new skills.

Lamy Pico Ballpen

£36, johnlewis.com

Alas, there’s no projector, but the Lamy Pico’s rounded ends and bijou styling make it our nano pen of choice. Plus it comes with with a carry case to protect that red metallic finish from unsightly scratches.

Bolt Action Tactical Pen

US$50, thinkgeek.com

The Bolt Action Tactical Pen boasts a “flat head for stabbing orcs” and a lock-and-load sequence for initiating writing duties. A milled aluminium finish adds to the military-grade feel.

Pen Type-A

US$100, cwandt.com

This successful Kickstarter project houses a minimalist pen (which takes a stock Hi-Tec-C cartridge) in an oblong ruler case. And that’s it. Perhaps that’s why Pen Type-A’s strapline is “a minimal pen and ruler case.”

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