*This article has been updated in February 2020.
A great pen is a personal thing, but not necessarily a luxury. I asked a group of ASE readers to recommend their favorite pens and now I am sharing their picks with you.
They volunteered some ‘pen etiquette’ preferences. First, a number of them have chosen a signature color for correspondence – purple, bright blue, bright green and poppy were the top choices. They each have a signature pen and a color. They buy them in bulk and keep plenty of them at the ready. Don’t try to hand them something new.
Attending a meeting with your pen? They all agree that ‘clicking’ is annoying so keep your pen noises to a minimum.
All of them love receiving a handwritten letter, most people do, so choose a pen and get going.
Le Pen offers this 18 color set of pens. Surely you can choose your ‘signature color’ from among these. $18.
This six-color Sakura Pigma Micron pen set will let you test the pens and try six of the colors for $10.29.
Find your color from among these eight Uniball Signo medium point retractable pens. $9.20.
For those of you with a precise hand, try these Uniball Precision Micro tip pens in three colors. $8.70.
This Uniball Vision Stick Fine Point Roller Ball Pen has ‘Evergreen’ ink. The blue is another favorite. It also comes in black, fluorescent pink, purple and red. $12.99 for this eight pack.
This Pilot G-2, extra-fine, retractable, rollerball pen looks comfortable. Just don’t click it in meetings with my friends! It comes in black, blue, green purple and red. $13.44 for a dozen.
The disposable fountain pens received several votes.
Try this pack of Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens in seven colors for $18.63.
These classic Flair pens come in 12 colors for $12.79.
Find your shade among these MoMA MUJI Gel Ink, .5mm Ball Point pens in 12 colors. $31.