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Best Pens of 2019

If you are looking for the too-long-didn’t-read version of Unsharpen.com then you’ve found it. This is a brief list of the best of the best — the top pens from the major categories. We do the work so you can cut through the details and get the best supplies. And then if you want to dive deep into the specifications, dimensions, history, and other details… we have that too.

Any time you are saying “best” you have to decide whether you mean the best pen or the best ink, since so often you can just get your favorite ink and put it in any pen. For this list we’ll be talking about the best pen, unless otherwise mentioned!

Best Ballpoint Pens

  • Zebra Tapli Clip
  • Bic Cristal Bold
  • Fisher Space Pen CH4
  • Parker Jotter
  • Ballograf Epoca P

Unsharpen.com defines a ballpoint as a oil-based ink with a classic feel to it.

Best Hybrid Pens

  • Pilot Acro 300
  • Uni Jetstream Alpha Gel Grip
  • Uni Jetstream Premier Single

Hybrid ink is ink whose composition combines that of ballpoints (oil-based) and gel (water-based).

Best Gel Pens

  • Pentel Energel Alloy
  • Uni-ball Signo 207
  • Zebra Sarasa Dry / SE

Best Multi-Pens

  • Uni Slim Multi-pen
  • Pilot Hi-Tec-C Coleto

Best Parker-style G2 Pens

  • Rotring 600

Best Entry-level Fountain Pens

  • Pilot Metropolitan
  • Platinum Preppy
  • Kaweco Sport

Best Entry-level Gold Nib Fountain Pens

  • Platinum #3776 Century
  • Pilot Custom 74
  • Lamy 2000

Best Erasable Pen

  • Pilot Frixion Ball

Best Lamy Pens

  • Lamy 2000 Fountain Pen
  • Lamy 2000 Ballpoint
  • Lamy Vista Fountain Pen
  • Lamy Swift Rollerball