Inked Up and Ready to Go

These pens are ready to make their mark on the world—what that entails is up to you.

Take a look at your pen holder: How many of those pens are either freebies from hotels long forgotten, stolen from a friend (sorry!), or two words away from drying up? It's time to personalize your collection and take control of your ink! If you're into crazy patterns and colors, get a set that reflect that—or if you're more about the sleek and slick life, invest in a few metallic ballpoints that outshine the rest in both design and quality. We've gathered a few to help get your writing utensils—and desktop aesthetic—in line.

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Cult classic Le Pen comes in 18 bright colors, making it the only set you'll need for all those adult coloring books.

Le Pen, $2, uchida.com.

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This very serious pen is not to be taken lightly (not difficult because it's literally quite heavy). The exposed spiral top gives the otherwise simple black form a pop of personality.

Brassing Ballpoint Pen by Y Studio, $80, kohezi.com.
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Remember those glitter gel pens from middle school? Give your notebook doodles an upgrade with this Japanese variety.

Gel Ink Pens, $2, muji.us.

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The key to not having your pens stolen is owning ones with a shape unique enough that people wouldn't dare. This wooden pen made from Zebrano wood fits the bill.Shaper Ballpoint Pen by e+m, $6, cultpens.com.
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The key to not having your pens stolen is owning ones with a shape unique enough that people wouldn't dare. This wooden pen made from Zebrano wood fits the bill.

Shaper Ballpoint Pen by e+m, $6, cultpens.com.
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Impress strangers when you pull out this solid brass (!) pen to tip receipts, jot down notes, and perhaps, one day, sign autographs.

Machine Era Pen in Original, $38, machine-era.com.

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Looking for cheerful pens that aren't filled with a million different colors of ink? These wooden options come in a variety of shades, but all are write in jet black. Party on the outside, business on the inside.

Ballpoint Wood Pens by Delfonics, $3, shop.walkerart.org.
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For a pen that will last you a lifetime, you'll need a thicker skin. These polished bronze click pens will survive almost anything, so if you're prone to banging around your belongings, say hello to these tough movers and shakers.

Polished Bronze Mover & Shaker, $119, tactileturn.com.

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Bring back your childhood with this retractable pen—all the colors of the rainbow with just one click! Even better? Every one of these sold will send another to a classroom in need.

8 Color Retractable Ballpoint Pen, $4, yoobi.com.
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These lightweight, plastic pens are handmade in Germany by a company dedicated to writing instruments—so you know they're top-notch.

Shorty Plastic Ballpoint Pen by Wörther, $16, handeyesupply.com.

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Spice up your pencil case with a graphic pattern from Swedish design studio Kikki.K.Write Your Tomorrow, $2, kikki-k.com.
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Spice up your pencil case with a graphic pattern from Swedish design studio

Kikki.K.Write Your Tomorrow, $2, kikki-k.com.

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