Pens by type

Pens are generally categorised by their function or 'type'. Writers may prefer one type to another, but usually, they will move from one to another, depending on the task in hand.

You can use the links below to select pens by type. You can then browse the results, or use the search tool on the left to rapidly refine the selection.

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Fountain Pens

Fountain Pens

A fountain pen generally makes anyone's handwriting look better. Writers take more care and time when using a fountain pen and a letter written with a good fountain pen has a more intimate and personal feel. A good fountain pen can also be used to impress, particularly in business.

Rollerball Pens

Rollerball Pens

The water-based ink of a rollerball pen can combine the look of a fountain pen and the convenience of a ball pen and makes a good choice for everyday use.

Ballpoint Pens

Ballpoint Pens

The retractable ball pen is convenient and the viscous oil-based ink doesn't 'run' in the wet, which can be an advantage for the shopping list or golf score card!

Multifunction Pens

Multifunction Pens

With the ability to instantly change between colours, or from ball point pen to pencil, the utility of multifunction pens is valued by many. Multifunction pens are also available with a highlighter and with a stylus, for use with touch screen devices.

Italic Calligraphy Pens

Calligraphy Pens

Calligrapy Pens come with a stub nib, which has a straight writing tip forming a rectangular 'footprint' on the page. It is this, that enables the calligraphy pen to produce different stroke widths, depending upon the direction of movement.