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Sure, it’s time-efficient and practical to text and type emails, but there is something incredibly personal in writing someone a note or a card for a special occasion. And if you are the type of person who likes to keep a journal, then writing is a daily occurrence for you.

A beautiful pen, hand-crafted with the finest materials, definitely adds to the pleasure of handwriting, and, thankfully, there are heritage companies such as Montblanc and Graf von Fabel-Castell that bring centuries-worth of expertise and craftsmanship to producing writing instruments.

If you are an old soul, opt for a classic fountain pen with a luxury upgrade—a gold-plated nib. Similar to fountain pens, rollerball pens use water-based ink, which is not as thick and sticky as oil-based ink. Some companies produce limited edition pens that are like works of art—they feature gold and silver-plated cases, delicate engravings, and even Swarovski crystals.

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Here, we rounded up the best fountain, ballpoint, and rollerball pens that will make writing and signing your name a luxury experience.

Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum-plated and Resin Fountain Pen

This stylish fountain pen is definitely living up to its name, Masterpiece. It’s handmade in Germany from black resin and features a gold-plated nib as well as the company’s signature emblem—a white star.

To buy: $605,

Caran d’Ache Ecridor Retro Palladium-coated Fountain Pen

This Swiss-made fountain pen dons a vintage-inspired palladium-coated case engraved with intersecting lines called “lozenge guilloche”, a pattern first used by the company back in 1947.

To buy: $270,

Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge et Noir Special Edition Coral Rollerball Pen

This beautiful coral-hued pen is actually an updated version of Montblanc’s original model, created over a hundred years ago. The modern version is slimmer and has a handcrafted snake-shaped clip.

To buy: $595,

Dunhill Sentryman Modernist Ballpoint Pen

Dunhill’s ballpoint pen features a shiny palladium and brass case engraved with geometric shapes inspired by the company’s Rollagas lighter.

To buy: $750,

Smythson Viceroy Rollerball Pen

The classic silver case with vertical engravings makes this English-made pen the perfect gift for both men and women.

To buy: $725,

Peerless 125 23KT Gold Plated Ballpoint Pen

Make writing a more pleasurable experience with this gold-plated wide-bodied pen that features a brilliant-cutSwarovskii crystal at the top.

To buy: $330,

Christys’ Conway Stewart Churchill Rollerball Pen

The bold red coating of this sophisticated rollerball pen is complemented by elegant gold detailing in honor of the brand’s long-established heritage.

To buy: $790,

Graf von Fabel-Castell Samurai Black Edition Fountain Pen

Japan’s greatest samurai, Miyamoto Musashi, has inspired the design behind Graf von Fabel-Castell’s limited edition 2019 Pen of the Year. Crafted from black lacquered metal, the barrel features a geometric pattern with 24- carat gold plating. The cap sports an engraved quote by Musashi (“Cultivate both—your spirit and wisdom”) and a wave-like pattern.

To buy: $5,400,

Montegrappa Fortuna Mosaico Pen

Mosaic fragments inspire the design for the resin and steel case of the Fortuna Mosaico pen. It comes in three patterns—the multicolored Moscow; the red, green, and navy Aurora Borealis, and Marrakech in shades of blue.

To buy: $181,


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