The Best Luxury Writing Pens to Shop Right Now

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Some may say that computers and phones have put an end to handwriting but we beg to differ.

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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.


Courtesy Mr Porter

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, mrporter.com


Courtesy Mr Porter

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, mrporter.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

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, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Nordstrom

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, nordstrom.com


Courtesy Smythson

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, smythson.com


Courtesy Cross

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, cross.com


Courtesy Liberty London

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, libertylondon.com


Courtesy Graf von Faber Castell

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, graf-von-faber-castell.us


Courtesy Montegrappa

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, montegrappa.com