In today's computer world, pens are too often overlooked. Many give little or no thought to pens, and are using whatever they can put there hands on, usually something they picked up for free as part of a promotion, or something they picked up at the grocery store. But you would never see a true gentleman use a pen like these. Here are some practical and affordable ball point pens to EDC or for your desk. Our top 5 picks for best affordable (non-tactical) ballpoint pens.
The Gentleman: Parker Jotter Retractable
An all time classic, the Parker Jotter has been around since 1954. Ever popular the Jotter has been made famous by James Bond in Goldeneye, as well as appearances in Shutter island and TV series Mad Men, along with many other appearances on the silver screen. This pen has a cult following and a great history.
The Parker Jotter offers superior quality construction, is made in France and looks very elegant. This pen looks like a much more expensive pen and will go well with your formal attire at your next event. Every true gentleman should have a Parker Jotter in his collection.
Buy the Parker Jotter Retractable here.
Astronaut: Fisher Space Bullet Pen
One of the best options for everyday carry, the Fisher Space Bullet Pen is incredibly versatile, very robust and is so compact you will hardly know it's in your pocket. This amazing pen will continue to write under water, in outer space, at extreme temperatures (-30ºF-+250ºF) and even upside down! The construction is very rugged, with an all metal casing made in the USA. The Space Pen is very small when closed only about 3.74 inches (95mm) long, and still a great full size pen when posted at a very comfortable 5.31 inches (135mm). This pen has a nice weighty feel to it and writes well. Who doesn't want a pen that still works in zero gravity right?
Buy the Fisher Space Bullet Pen here.
Explorer: Lamy Safari Vista Retractable
Lamy is a great company with an amazing history in engineering and innovation, You have probably seen there incredibly popular Safari fountain pens, and this is the retractable ballpoint from the same range. The Lamy Safari vista is a very sophisticated pen with a truly unique look. The design of this pen is both ultra modern and classic at the same time, and is very inspirational. Not your average pen, the Lamy Safari Vista will stand out from the crowd. Despite being made from plastic the Safari Vista feels solid, and well made, it has a feeling of quality and precision about it, unmatched in other plastic pens. Would you like to carry a design masterpiece in your pocket?
Buy the Lamy Safari Vista Retractable here.
Unbeatable smoothnes: Uni Ball Jetstream
Whats all the hype about? Type Uni Jetstream into Google and you will see thousands of writeups and reviews of the Jetstream, one thing they all agree on is the quality and feel of the writing. This pen writes better than any other ballpoint pen on the market today. All the hype is true, if you pick up a Uni Jetstream you will never want to go back to any other pen. It is available in a variety of styles and tip sizes to suit anyones taste, and replacement refills are available. If you are unsure which one you will like take a look at this helpful guide over at JetPens. No matter what model you chose, the Uni Jetstream is something you must try!
Buy the Uni Ball Jetstream here.
Polychromatic: Bic Pen 4 Colour
Yes, they still make these! You probably had one at school, the classic fat blue Bic pen with four colours, blue, black, red, and green. It's cheap and it's functional, that's what makes the Bic 4 colour (4C) a great EDC pen. Having multiple colours to write with can be invaluable, especially if you keep a diary or journal, and at such a low price, and so many shops stocking them, who cares if you lose it.
For those looking for some extra functionality, or if you are on a tight budget, the Bic 4C is a great option. it's well made, writes well, and while it won't win any awards for style, it is an iconic design in it's own right. Bic's 4 colour is a great pen, and a time honored nostalgic classic too!
Buy the Bic Pen 4 Colour here.