Did we just disappoint you there?
Let's face the facts: as much as even we love and prefer fountain pens, we realize that they're not always the right tool for the job.
Need to write through multi-page forms? Ballpoint.
Need to write on coated paper? Ballpoint.
Buying a pen as a gift? Unless the person you're buying for has expressed an interest in fountain pens or is known to use them already, a ballpoint is the better gift. Fountain pens take time for those who have never seen one or used one to figure out. You don't want to gift a fountain pen just to have it sit in a desk drawer for decades unused. A fine ballpoint pen is no less appreciated than a fountain pen (and far more appreciated by the vast majority of left-handed people nowadays!) Ballpoint.
So here, in no particular order, are our Top 10 favorite ballpoint pens: (Click the images to be taken to our store)
The 2000 that started it all, this LAMY ballpoint has been writing design history since 1966! As a timeless classic it is still one of the most modern writing instruments today. Fiberglass and stainless steel, matt brushed finish with LAMY giant refill M 16 black M.
Pineider Avatar UR
Pineider's Avatar Collection marks a step up in pen manufacturing that involves a new material (the revolutionary UltraResin) and precision assembly (a new process called GlueLess). Joining incredible beauty and a very high resistance to any kind of impact, each Avatar UR is crafted with a mother of pearl compound resin in a special formula, called UltraResin. Developed in Florence specifically for Pineider, this compound is very stiff and its exceptional features makes it nearly unbreakable. Not only strong, UltraResin is also quite luxurious with an extremely glossy surface, mother of pearl sheen and marbleized colors. Ballpoint uses Parker style ballpoint, gel roller, or easy-flow ink refills.
The clean lines and selected materials of the these slim writing implements make an excellent impression. They are distinguished by clear-cut visual design combined with professional functionalism.
The barrels of the Ambition series writing instruments is made of a variety of materials including walnut, pearwood, coconut wood, and stainless steel, the 3D (shown), Rhombus and Resin ballpoint is made of resin, and OpArt series has a barrel made of precious resin featuring a fine guilloche pattern. Highly polished chromed metal end cap and tip with a spring-loaded metal clip. Comes with black Faber-Castell Parker/G2 style ballpoint ink refill with a broad point.
Inspired by the visual masterpiece that is Planet Earth, Wanderlust pens evoke fiery canyons and ice-slicked mountaintops, crystal-blue seas and lush green rainforests. Rich, swirling patterns draw the eye to delicate metallic engravings on each naturally-beautiful design. The Cross patented design process layers patterned elements and metallic engravings into white lacquer for a rich jewelry quality finish. Each pen is gift boxed and is equipped with a Cross medium point black ink refill.
A truly unique pen (and one of our best-sellers, much loved by designers, engineers and architects), the Contour Ballpoint Pen is made of 22Studio’s unique high density concrete and 316 Stainless steel. 22 Design Studio invited the bezel supplier (who produces their 4D concrete watch) to process the metal parts. Through CNC machining, its structure is exposed and clear to understand. The body of the pen is made of concrete and is finely contoured in their workshop, offering a unique grip. Over time of use, the concrete barrel will become darker, and its rigid edges smoother as they respond and adapt to your hand.
Uses Parker/G2 style ballpoint, easy-flow, or gel type refills.
Available in 2 series and a total of 9 color options, the attractive, ergonomic shape and precious resin acrylic of Kaweco's Student series pens was designed for frequent writers. The Student ballpoint is equipped with black medium point Parker/G2 style refill.
Otto Hutt design04 Wave Series
The design04 is available in sterling silver and standard lacquer finishes, but this is its most-popular form, the Wave Series. After coating in rich color lacquer, the three-dimensional guilloche pattern of this Design04 twist ballpoint is made with waves that vary in depth. These are coated with either platinum or rose gold and then again several layers of lacquer are added, which are sanded and polished after each application. Design04 is a homage to aesthetic straightforwardness. It's a subtle design with compact dimensions that provide a remarkable handling that is second to none. This perfect pen combines classic design with traditional craftsmanship. The precision spring clip, is made of solid brass, finished with a platinum or rose gold layer and perfect in its function. Pen is equipped with Medium point blue refill, and includes microfiber cleaning cloth, instructions and certificate. Pen uses Parker-style ballpoint, easy-flow, or gel roller refills.
Fisher Bullet Space Pen
When closed, the Bullet Space Pen is the perfect size to carry in your wallet, pocket, purse, car glove box, organizer or toolbox. When open it's a full sized, evenly balanced writing instrument. Cited as an outstanding example of industrial art, the classic design of the Fisher Bullet Pen has been exhibited for years in the New York Museum of Modern Art. The Bullet's timeless styling has been the topic of many art books and magazine articles. All pens come equipped with a medium black pressurized refill. Fisher Space Pen’s Sealed Pressurized Ink Cartridge performs in temperatures from -30ºF to +250ºF, underwater, in zero gravity, at any angle–even upside down!
The Prelude features an array of finishes that appeal to men, women, business executives and working professionals alike. This fine writing instrument is used the world over and is revered for its high level of comfort. Its mid-size profile and smooth finish make it a favorite for those desiring an easy and pleasurable writing experience.
We made a number of special buys from Sheaffer on various model Preludes, making these suitable for gift-giving on any budget!
Comes equipped with Sheaffer K-style black medium point refill.
S.T. Dupont Défi Gun Metal Ballpoint
Perhaps the most luxurious modern design ballpoint on the market is the beautifully balanced Défi in gun metal finish. Other finishes are available, but this is hands-down our favorite. A distinguished design: just like a fighter jet, the Défi pen is responsive, precise and proficient. Writing is smooth, rapid and light thanks to a new generation of revolutionary ballpoint refills, for soft, clear, precise and fluid writing. Défi, the new everyday writing weapon. Supplied with a black easy-flow medium ballpoint refill