It’s never too late to improve your handwriting, even if your Year 10 English Lit teacher is never going to forgive all those unreadable essays you handed in...

Whether it be legibility, consistency, or just straight up how it looks, we’ve got ten pens that could be just the thing to make you a real thrill with a quill. 



The All-Time Classics...

No matter if you’re a fountain pen or pencil person, these are three great all-rounders to keep in your pencil case.

 

LAMY Safari

With its triangular grip the LAMY Safari is a hardy and approachable entry into the world of fountain pens, perfect for the newbie more used to ballpoints. 

Check out the LAMY Safari here...

lamy safari fountain pen charcoal

Delfonics Wooden Ballpoint

It won’t matter how small your writing is, with its super accurate needlepoint tip, the Delfonics Ballpoint will keep up.

Check out the Delfonics Wooden Ballpoint...

delfonics wooden ballpoint

Blackwing 602

Now we know it's a pencil, but it's earned a mention. From John Steinbeck to Vladimir Nabokov, from Stephen Sondheim to Hooper from Jaws, there’s a reason the Blackwing 602 is such a classic.

Check out the Blackwing 602...

blackwing 602 pencil

For The More Adventurous...

Whether scaling Mt. Everest or writing War & Peace, these are pens that’ll stick with you for the long haul.

 

Pilot Custom 823

The perfect meeting point of traditional and modern sensibilities. With its vacuum filling system, you’ll have a hard time running out of ink with the 823. 

Check out the Pilot Custom 823...

pilot custom 823 fountain pen brown

TWSBI Eco

With its piston filling system, you can fill the entire transparent barrel with ink. Though be careful not to lose track of time watching all that Pilot Iroshizuku ink slosh around...

Check out the TWSBI Eco...

twsbi eco red fountain pen

Ballograf Epoca

Able to keep on writing for upwards of 8000 metres, there aren’t many ballpoints out there that can run a marathon like the Ballograf Epoca (well… a ⅕ Marathon, at least)

Check out the Ballograf Epoca...

ballograf epoca olive green ballpoint

Traveler’s Company Brass Fountain Pen

One of the greatest of all pocket pens. Excellently ergonomic and beautifully simple design with an accurate fine nib, just wait and see the patina.

Check out the Traveler's Company Brass Fountain Pen...

traveler's company brass fountain pen


The Final Frontier…

For when you really need to go above and beyond, these are some truly otherworldly options...

 

LAMY Joy

If you’re wanting to add a bit of stylistic flair to your writing but don’t want to put in the practice, the LAMY Joy’s Italic nib will have you there in no time.

Check out the LAMY Joy...

lamy joy calligraphy fountain pen

Fisher Space Pen

Used by NASA since all the way back in 1968 on Apollo 7, the Fisher Space Pen writes in zero gravity, writes underwater and in extreme temperatures. To quote Seinfeld’s Jack Klompus, “Take the pen!”

Check out the Fisher Space Pen...

fisher space pen chrome bullet

Herbin’s La Perle Des Encres Set

If you want to really up your handwriting game, this dip pen set from historic ink manufacturer Herbin has everything you need to start practicing your traditional Spencerian script.

Check out the Herbin La Perle Des Encres Set...

herbin la perle des encres set

Well, we've reached the end of this list, but we've barely scratched the surface of all the pens out there.

If the hunt for the ideal pen for you continues, have a browse of our full range here.

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