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17 Of The Best Pens You Can Get On Amazon


1. A four-pack of cat pens complete with paws-tail-and-catbutt caps for all your odes to the furball that LOVES to take a nap on your notebook while you’re trying to use it.

If you're in the market for a new notebook, because your cat turned your old one into a best, check out our list of the best notebooks you can get on Amazon!Promising review: "These are super cute, write well (similar to a fine tip sharpie pen), and CATS. The top twists off, so you can refill them, and the caps are sturdy and stay on well. These are my new favorite pens, because CATS!!!" —Kindle CustomerPrice: $5.69 (for a set of four; also available in an eight-pack)

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If you’re in the market for a new notebook, because your cat turned your old one into a best, check out our list of the best notebooks you can get on Amazon!

Promising review: “These are super cute, write well (similar to a fine tip sharpie pen), and CATS. The top twists off, so you can refill them, and the caps are sturdy and stay on well. These are my new favorite pens, because CATS!!!” —Kindle Customer

Price: $5.69 (for a set of four; also available in an eight-pack)

2. Or a six-pack of pens with Entire Cat caps that’ll prevent your ink from drying out like their Fuzzy Plastic lives depend on it.

If you want to make a venn diagram of "writers" and "cat-people," you can actually draw just one circle on a page, write both group-names inside it, and call it a dayPromising review: "They're great quality pens, don't smudge or smear my planner, and are utterly adorable! If you like cute stationery, this is a must buy!" —Amazon CustomerPrice: $6.99 (also available in a 12-pack, and a bundle with six black-ink pens and six color-ink pens)

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If you want to make a venn diagram of “writers” and “cat-people,” you can actually draw just one circle on a page, write both group-names inside it, and call it a day

Promising review: “They’re great quality pens, don’t smudge or smear my planner, and are utterly adorable! If you like cute stationery, this is a must buy!” —Amazon Customer

Price: $6.99 (also available in a 12-pack, and a bundle with six black-ink pens and six color-ink pens)

3. An assortment of rainbow highlighter pens so you can categorize the information you need to remember by color. “Oh, I remember the name of that poem; I highlighted it in blue, because reading it made me miserable!”

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Promising review: “Omg, I love these highlighters! I’m obsessed with office products and I love the colors these come in. They’re also high quality; I accidentally left one open overnight and it’s still going!” —Jennifer Stewart

Price: $12.68 (for a set of 12, also available in other color combinations)

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Promising review: “Omg, I love these highlighters! I’m obsessed with office products and I love the colors these come in. They’re also high quality; I accidentally left one open overnight and it’s still going!” —Jennifer Stewart

Price: $12.68 (for a set of 12, also available in other color combinations)

4. A six-piece set of professional-grade pens with assorted nib sizes to make a round of connect-the-dots into a precision-based affair.

The nib sizes included in this set are 0.20mm, 0.25mm, 0.30mm, 0.35mm, 0.45mm and 0.50mm respectively, because selecting the right pen is a science. If you want a precise nib, but don't want to be troubled by all these millimeter specifications, you might prefer Pilot's V5 retractable pens.Promising review: "I love using these, and highly recommend them to anyone inking over pencils, making comics, or anyone who otherwise needs to do fine and detailed line-work. I've used these exclusively for every page of my comic series (currently on page 105)." —Chad CavanaughPrice: $11.69+ (for a set with black ink, also available in sepia and a pack of assorted colors, and available in specified nib sizes)

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The nib sizes included in this set are 0.20mm, 0.25mm, 0.30mm, 0.35mm, 0.45mm and 0.50mm respectively, because selecting the right pen is a science. If you want a precise nib, but don’t want to be troubled by all these millimeter specifications, you might prefer Pilot’s V5 retractable pens.

Promising review: “I love using these, and highly recommend them to anyone inking over pencils, making comics, or anyone who otherwise needs to do fine and detailed line-work. I’ve used these exclusively for every page of my comic series (currently on page 105).” —Chad Cavanaugh

Price: $11.69+ (for a set with black ink, also available in sepia and a pack of assorted colors, and available in specified nib sizes)

5. A quill dip pen that’ll be the perfect choice for all those fancy documents you sign, like the receipt for that bag of chips you bought from a gas station.

This quill also comes in a gift box with five metal nibs and an empty 15-milliliter ink bottle. I'm a Big Fan of iroshizuku ink, so I recommend buying a bottle of that and using it to fill this set's bottle.Promising review: "It has that wow-factor, when you want to sign a contract." —StevenPrice: $14.49+ (available in three colors)

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This quill also comes in a gift box with five metal nibs and an empty 15-milliliter ink bottle. I’m a Big Fan of iroshizuku ink, so I recommend buying a bottle of that and using it to fill this set’s bottle.

Promising review: “It has that wow-factor, when you want to sign a contract.” —Steven

Price: $14.49+ (available in three colors)

6. An 80-color gel pen set that comes with a refill for each color, because the bliss of finishing a coloring book is a joy you cannot deprive yourself of.

These pens come in glitter, metallic, milky, neon and standard colors, probably way more colors than you and I knew existed. And, now that your Pen Obsession is reaching professional levels, you should invest in an organization rack, my dearest pen pal. Promising review: "I love these gel pens; they're of excellent quality and the color selection feels endless. Plus, they don't bleed through paper and are wonderful for art projects. I'm having a hard time being generous with them. They're so many of them, I have to share, BUT not any shades of green (my favorite color). —R. RoriePrice: $16.99

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These pens come in glitter, metallic, milky, neon and standard colors, probably way more colors than you and I knew existed. And, now that your Pen Obsession is reaching professional levels, you should invest in an organization rack, my dearest pen pal.

Promising review: “I love these gel pens; they’re of excellent quality and the color selection feels endless. Plus, they don’t bleed through paper and are wonderful for art projects. I’m having a hard time being generous with them. They’re so many of them, I have to share, BUT not any shades of green (my favorite color). —R. Rorie

Price: $16.99

7. Or a 108-color set of gel pens so you can tell your inner child, “Don’t worry, little baby, we made it.”

This GIGANTIC set includes glitter, neon glitter, metallic, neon, pastel, swirl and standard ink types, assuredly all the colors of the Gel Rainbow.Promising review: These are the best gel pens that I have ever bought! My only minor complaint is they could stand to hold a little more ink, but I will take that over the fact they never glob or come out uneven (and I rarely have to jumpstart them)." —LynPrice: $16.98

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This GIGANTIC set includes glitter, neon glitter, metallic, neon, pastel, swirl and standard ink types, assuredly all the colors of the Gel Rainbow.

Promising review: These are the best gel pens that I have ever bought! My only minor complaint is they could stand to hold a little more ink, but I will take that over the fact they never glob or come out uneven (and I rarely have to jumpstart them).” —Lyn

Price: $16.98

8. A pair of stylus pens with replaceable tips that’ll let you bring cursive (the handwriting you were forced to learn) into the ~digital age~.

They're compatible with all major touchscreen devices, and packaged with four replacement disc-tips and two replacement fiber-tips to extend their lifetimes (probably past the life-cycle of whatever device you're using them on). The clear disc-tips are especially cool, since they let you more accurately see where your marks are being made.Promising review: "I love this stylus! I'm a professional artist and use it for my illustrations, and it works for me just as well as the top quality styluses that are four times the price. I also love that the kit includes two styluses and multiple replacement tips (I've owned and heavily used mine for almost a year and haven't had to replace any, however). The weight of the pen is perfect and the rubber grip provides a good handhold. I will absolutely buy these again!" —Amazon CustomerPrice: $14.96 (available in six color combinations)

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They’re compatible with all major touchscreen devices, and packaged with four replacement disc-tips and two replacement fiber-tips to extend their lifetimes (probably past the life-cycle of whatever device you’re using them on). The clear disc-tips are especially cool, since they let you more accurately see where your marks are being made.

Promising review: “I love this stylus! I’m a professional artist and use it for my illustrations, and it works for me just as well as the top quality styluses that are four times the price. I also love that the kit includes two styluses and multiple replacement tips (I’ve owned and heavily used mine for almost a year and haven’t had to replace any, however). The weight of the pen is perfect and the rubber grip provides a good handhold. I will absolutely buy these again!” —Amazon Customer

Price: $14.96 (available in six color combinations)

9. A disappearing-ink pen set with built-in UV lights for all the Aspiring Spy Kids who weren’t lucky enough to have Antonio Banderas as a father.

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If you aspire to be a spy, does that mean you’re a~spy~iring?

Promising review: “The built-in light on every pen makes each of them a complete system for creating and reading invisible messages. So, you can just drop one of these into a gift bag at the end of your kid’s birthday party and all their friends will go home happy.” —Bob

Price: $12.99 (for a pack of 12)

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If you aspire to be a spy, does that mean you’re a~spy~iring?

Promising review: “The built-in light on every pen makes each of them a complete system for creating and reading invisible messages. So, you can just drop one of these into a gift bag at the end of your kid’s birthday party and all their friends will go home happy.” —Bob

Price: $12.99 (for a pack of 12)

10. A space pen that can write in Zero Gravity, because you’ll be damned if you ever walk on the moon without writing something cool on a crater.

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“I was here,” you’ll write on the moon with this pen, in 2030 or whenever. The original design for this pen was developed for NASA in the 1960s, and you can write with it at any angle, in extreme temperatures, and even underwater.

Promising review: “I’ve been carrying a Fisher Bullet for 20 years. It’s NOT necessarily a pen that will make you love writing; the ink flow is mildly inconsistent and doesn’t simply lay beautifully on the page. BUT, the Fisher Bullet is about its form factor, durability, and the ability to write whenever you need to write and wherever you need to write. I’ve used it on lumber, on wet items, greasy items, glossy items; it’s been through the washer AND the dryer. It’s been dropped and abused, but I can’t remember a single time it failed to perform.” —Jon L. Sharp

Price: $21.55+ (available in 12 colors)

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“I was here,” you’ll write on the moon with this pen, in 2030 or whenever. The original design for this pen was developed for NASA in the 1960s, and you can write with it at any angle, in extreme temperatures, and even underwater.

Promising review: “I’ve been carrying a Fisher Bullet for 20 years. It’s NOT necessarily a pen that will make you love writing; the ink flow is mildly inconsistent and doesn’t simply lay beautifully on the page. BUT, the Fisher Bullet is about its form factor, durability, and the ability to write whenever you need to write and wherever you need to write. I’ve used it on lumber, on wet items, greasy items, glossy items; it’s been through the washer AND the dryer. It’s been dropped and abused, but I can’t remember a single time it failed to perform.” —Jon L. Sharp

Price: $21.55+ (available in 12 colors)

11. Or a tactical and survivalist pen to prepare you for all the unforeseeable challenges of existence while still providing you with the tool you need to sketch a picture of your dog.

"My dog is an adventurer, a pup who knows what to do when the trail gets ruff, and I must immortalize her with a sketch." This pen is a defense tool, as well as a flashlight, screwdriver, emergency glass shatterer, hex wrench, scraper, and bottle opener. It's got a pocket clip, and comes with three sets of flashlight batteries and two black ballpoint-pen refills; this pen is definitely My Aesthetic, and I'm sure you can find a use for it.Promising review: "This is a MUST for your practical, everyday carry. The business end of the pen is wicked, and having this at my disposal has been valuable beyond words." —D. LawerencePrice: $12.74+ (available in five colors)

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“My dog is an adventurer, a pup who knows what to do when the trail gets ruff, and I must immortalize her with a sketch.” This pen is a defense tool, as well as a flashlight, screwdriver, emergency glass shatterer, hex wrench, scraper, and bottle opener. It’s got a pocket clip, and comes with three sets of flashlight batteries and two black ballpoint-pen refills; this pen is definitely My Aesthetic, and I’m sure you can find a use for it.

Promising review: “This is a MUST for your practical, everyday carry. The business end of the pen is wicked, and having this at my disposal has been valuable beyond words.” —D. Lawerence

Price: $12.74+ (available in five colors)

12. A fountain pen gift set that’s modern, clean, and architecturally savvy, just like you when you tour your mom around the Big City you moved to.

"If you look to your right, my beloved mom, you'll see a large building. If you look to your left, you'll see another large building. Why yes, I did shower today." This pen is sold with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and its manufacturer will refund you in full if you have any doubts about it.Promising review: "This pen is great, like old-school great, like Waterman and MontBlanc great, and VERY reasonably priced. You gotta try this one, people, especially if you've never written with a fountain pen. This pen even makes writing a shopping list into something special and, without it, you just don't know what you're missing." —David SteinbergPrice: $27.95+ (available in six colors, in a gift box or pouch, some colors available to be purchased with extra ink cartridges)

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“If you look to your right, my beloved mom, you’ll see a large building. If you look to your left, you’ll see another large building. Why yes, I did shower today.” This pen is sold with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and its manufacturer will refund you in full if you have any doubts about it.

Promising review: “This pen is great, like old-school great, like Waterman and MontBlanc great, and VERY reasonably priced. You gotta try this one, people, especially if you’ve never written with a fountain pen. This pen even makes writing a shopping list into something special and, without it, you just don’t know what you’re missing.” —David Steinberg

Price: $27.95+ (available in six colors, in a gift box or pouch, some colors available to be purchased with extra ink cartridges)

13. A 10-color wallet set of fine-tipped hexagonal pens that marry precision with comfort, perfect for taking detailed and colorful notes about the dream you had last night.

"I got out this protractor because I need to document the exact angle Rami Malek kissed me from."Promising review: "I heard a lot about these pens, so I finally decided to buy some and I absolutely love them! They are very bright, true to the color that is seen on their caps, and their pencil-esque design makes them comfortable to hold (which is important to me, because I use them for taking notes in class). They have a fine tip and are very thin (which I like), like fine-tip Sharpies, but brighter, no odor, and don't bleed through paper nearly as much." —Jessica GarciaPrice: $7.73 (also available in sets with more colors and different pen types)

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“I got out this protractor because I need to document the exact angle Rami Malek kissed me from.”

Promising review: “I heard a lot about these pens, so I finally decided to buy some and I absolutely love them! They are very bright, true to the color that is seen on their caps, and their pencil-esque design makes them comfortable to hold (which is important to me, because I use them for taking notes in class). They have a fine tip and are very thin (which I like), like fine-tip Sharpies, but brighter, no odor, and don’t bleed through paper nearly as much.” —Jessica Garcia

Price: $7.73 (also available in sets with more colors and different pen types)

14. Or a 20-color retractable gel pen set for anyone who wants to add a bit of pizazz to their doodles or bullet journals then hear the satisfying click of a pen to complete the experience.

Promising review: "I love this set of Kaco pens, and I use them every day. As an EMT, I have six pens on me and have to guard them, because I don't want anyone to walk off with them (people try, lol). The rubber on these pens make for easy gripping while riding in the back of the ambulance, jotting long narratives and documenting." —Surviving5KidsPrice: $13.99 (also available in a 10-color set)

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Promising review: “I love this set of Kaco pens, and I use them every day. As an EMT, I have six pens on me and have to guard them, because I don’t want anyone to walk off with them (people try, lol). The rubber on these pens make for easy gripping while riding in the back of the ambulance, jotting long narratives and documenting.” —Surviving5Kids

Price: $13.99 (also available in a 10-color set)

15. A soft and hard-tip calligraphy pen duo to add ornate lettering to all your to-do lists. “Buy avocados and forget about your ex-boyfriend, you princess.”

Promising review: "I recently got into brush calligraphy and heard this brand was the best, so I decided it was worth $5 to try them. OMG, they are fantastic! They're easy to use (if you can get the hang of going light on the upstroke and harder on the downstroke), write well, and I honestly don't know how you can do better than this. Everything about this purchase was absolutely worth it." —Rachel McVayPrice: $5 (also available in a three pack, and five packs with specified brush softness)

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Promising review: “I recently got into brush calligraphy and heard this brand was the best, so I decided it was worth $5 to try them. OMG, they are fantastic! They’re easy to use (if you can get the hang of going light on the upstroke and harder on the downstroke), write well, and I honestly don’t know how you can do better than this. Everything about this purchase was absolutely worth it.” —Rachel McVay

Price: $5 (also available in a three pack, and five packs with specified brush softness)

16. A six-pack of watercolor brush pens you can use to achieve your rightful place as the next Vincent van Gogh, or maybe paint a nice sunset behind a hand-turkey.

You squeeze the barrel of these beauties to control water-flow, which removes the most annoying step of painting with watercolors: repeatedly dipping your brush, then swiftly transferring it to your paint set, but not so swift that all the water falls off the brush, terrible.Promising review: "As a full-time freelance artist, my tools are extremely important to me, and I've found a higher price tag doesn't always mean higher quality. I absolutely love working with these and they work better than any other brand I've tried and spent way too much money on. You just have to be patient and retrain yourself on how to hold your brush; some people have issues with these because they're holding their brush incorrectly." —FuzyArtistPrice: $8.99 (also available in a three-pack)

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You squeeze the barrel of these beauties to control water-flow, which removes the most annoying step of painting with watercolors: repeatedly dipping your brush, then swiftly transferring it to your paint set, but not so swift that all the water falls off the brush, terrible.

Promising review: “As a full-time freelance artist, my tools are extremely important to me, and I’ve found a higher price tag doesn’t always mean higher quality. I absolutely love working with these and they work better than any other brand I’ve tried and spent way too much money on. You just have to be patient and retrain yourself on how to hold your brush; some people have issues with these because they’re holding their brush incorrectly.” —FuzyArtist

Price: $8.99 (also available in a three-pack)

17. And a pack of 50 (or so) misprinted pens so you always have a backup to hand over when someone tries to ~borrow~ your Favorite Pen.

Though you can be certain all the pens will have misprinted logos and slogans on them, buying this gives you a randomized assortment of pens with styluses, pens with blue or black ink, and the typical retractable you've probably owned a million of; you might get a few more than 50, maybe a few less. A good life is full of good surprises, you know!Promising review: "Always reliable for the kids, myself, and even my coworkers who love them; I'm the unofficial pen supplier!" —GenistaRPrice: $17.99

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Though you can be certain all the pens will have misprinted logos and slogans on them, buying this gives you a randomized assortment of pens with styluses, pens with blue or black ink, and the typical retractable you’ve probably owned a million of; you might get a few more than 50, maybe a few less. A good life is full of good surprises, you know!

Promising review: “Always reliable for the kids, myself, and even my coworkers who love them; I’m the unofficial pen supplier!” —GenistaR

Price: $17.99

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