10 Pens Perfect for the Serious Writer

Know just what to use.

(SPOT.ph) If you’re one of those people who have back-ups of their back-up pens, then you’ll want to read on to review our list of pens that write well. From rollerballs to ballpoint, we’ve rounded up some favorites that are known for reliably going smoothly across paper, aside from being comfortable to gripwhether you're writing a quick note or a long, confession-ridden love letter.

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0.5 Smooth writing gel ink pen (P185) from Muji

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The Muji brand is known for their no-nonsense aesthetic and functional products, and their pens are no exception. The rubber grip makes writing much more comfortable. And the ink loaded in these babies is less viscous because of the nib. What does that mean for you? Smoother strokes once you put that pen to paper.

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Ballpoint Ret UMN207F 0.7 Signo (P76.75) from Uniball

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This retractable ballpen from Uni is great for keeping in your bag. The ink glides well on paper, making it ideal for those last-minute notes you need to take down or just having an old reliable on hand. Supplies are always running low for these, so try to buy a couple on your next book store run.

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Juice gel ink pen (P60) from Pilot

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This 0.5mm beauty from Pilot writes smoothly and the colors are vivid, though you may want to scribble a few times on first use. With 20 shades to choose from, we’re pretty sure you’ll be struggling not to get them all. There are five shades of green alone!

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Joy calligraphy fountain pen (P3,678.75) from Lamy

Looking for something a little more sophisticated? Why not purchase your first fountain pen? This great introductory calligraphy fountain pen from LAMY has a stainless steel 1.10-millimeter chisel point, a plastic barrel in a black lacquer finish with an aluminum cap. Its ergonomic design allows for a comfortable grip, making way for beautiful writing.

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Multicolored felt tip pens from Kikki.k (SGD 12.95; roughly P500)

These pens from Kikki.K are great for filling out your bullet journal or color-coding your planner. It comes in all the colors of the rainbow, too. So, if you’re feeling a little creative, have a set of these felt tip pens on hand. Inspiration will spark at first stroke!

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G-2 07 (P71) from Pilot


This retractable gel rollerball from Pilot is an obvious favorite among many, being a bestseller all over the world. The ink is archival acid-free, which means it’s a good choice for signing important documents. You can also buy refills for this pen and the tip comes in 1.0, 0.5, and 0.38mm, too.

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frixion rollerball point (P94.75) from Pilot

Sometimes, you simply can’t be bothered with a pencil even if you know you’ll make a mistake eventually. This pen from Pilot not only writes smoothly but also come in Thermo-Sensitive gel ink that disappears with erasing friction. You won’t need to worry about damaging any documents with erasures.

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Point 88 fineliner pen (P26.55) from Stabilo 

Looking for a no-fuss fineliner in an assortment of colors? The Stabilo point 88 pens come in a variety of colors for whatever writing mood you are in. The 0.4mm tip is just the right thickness for adding details to your notes or doodles.

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Acroball M Series (P87) from Pilot 

This Pilot pen's Acroball ink is blended with a lubricant that makes writing a smooth experience. The oil-based ink also results in dark lines and is water resistant. If you’re the type of person who writes all the time, the grip is designed to give you a non-slip hold.

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Classic century collection (P3,150) from Cross 

This sleek ballpoint pen from Cross comes in a classic design that will stand the test of time. It doesn’t just look good enough for a boardroom meeting, it also writes well. Plus, you won’t run out of ink right away, so there’s no need to hoard refills. 

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My Gel Pastel 7-color set (P199.75) from Craft Carrot

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Ever have dark colored notebooks and paper that never see the light of the day simply because you have no pens to write on them? Well, these pastel gel pens from Dong-A look great both on regular paper and on darker-colored ones. The colors really stand out on a dark background and go on smoothly without rubbing off the page.

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