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Take it from the pros — these are the best pens for everything from novels to notes

If you’ve ever had a pen mysteriously wander away from your desk and then had to write with a poor substitute (the kind you might find at a bank or with some company’s phone number on it), you know how important a quality pen is. Whether you’re signing a check, taking notes, or writing a love letter, a great pen can make your handwriting look its clearest and nicest (and it can also provide some joy along the way). The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot to get a pen that’s worthy of your signature. After researching 45 pens and writing zealously with 26 of them, we have recommendations for ballpoint, rollerball, and gel pens that are affordable and satisfying to write with.

Zebra Pen F-301 Retractable Ballpoint Pen


Brand Zebra Pen
Writing Instrument Form Ballpoint Pen
Color Blue
Ink Color Black
Age Range (Description) Adult
Material Stainless Steel


  • 0.7mm fine point retractable ballpoint pen features a contemporary, stainless steel barrel that resists corrosion and is easier to sanitize than plastic
  • Easy-glide ink brings top of the line writing performance to your everyday needs, like note-taking, document signing, filling out forms and making lists
  • Durable stainless steel barrel resists corrosion and has a modern, attractive appearance with a non-slip grip for writing comfort and ease; Shorter length fits inside shirt pockets
  • Convenient metal clip makes these instruments a fantastic grab and go option, attaching to your pocket, planner or briefcase pocket
  • This 12-pack of sturdy ballpoint pens is refillable with Zebra Pen F-Refill; Built for boardrooms, courtrooms, medical settings, and personal use, the F-301 adds personal style to your work
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