With the consistent flow of a fountain pen, but the cheapness of a biro – the Hi-Tecpoint is an absolute design classic, allowing users to write evenly and neatly with no smudge to speak of. At 0.5mm the tip results in fine lines, brilliant for small, neat handwriting: ideal for thank you notes or invitations.
There are two types of people in the world – those who think a pen is just a pen and those who know that a pen is an instrument of such power that they are fanatically particular about what they write with. The enjoyment of writing with a pen you find brilliant is one of life’s simple pleasures, particularly in a world dominated by digital life.
There is of course a certain amount of subjectivity when it comes to what makes a great pen – some people love those that create thin lines, others like the impact of a chunky felt tip or the elegance of a fountain pen.
In this round-up we’ve asked the same things of each pen: does it write smoothly, gliding across the page and releasing ink evenly? How does it feel to hold? Does the ink dry quickly? Does it bleed into the other side of the paper? What does it look like? Is it expensive? How long does it last?
How we tested
We used the same paper (85gsm) and wrote up to an A5 sheet’s worth with each pen. This, we felt, gave us ample opportunity to get to grips, literally, with what each pen offered. The tester was right-handed.
The best pens for 2023 are:
- Best overall pen – Pilot hi-tecpoint: £9.59, Amazon.co.uk
- Best fountain pen – Lamy safari fountain pen: £23.99, Ryman.co.uk
- Best value pen – Manuscript handwriting pen: £3.80, Hobbycraft.co.uk
- Best fountain pen for beginners – Pilot v-pen: £4.75, Cultpens.com
- Best-looking pen – Poketo prism rollerball: £5.00, Leavesstationerystore.co.uk