15 Best and 15 Worst Office Pens Ever!

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1. Waterman Ball Point Pen – In my opinion, this is the best ball point pen on the planet today.  I can’t imagine you ever going wrong with this product.  The weight balance seems perfect, the color of the ink is good and the writing is always dependable.  I you like using a ball point pen and you would like a pen with an executive look and feel, this pen is definitely for you. 

2. Pilot Dr. Grip LTD – The top-end standard for your typical office pens.  The LTD is a Gel Ink pen, yet doesn’t seem to smear much at all on a regular surface.  It has an almost perfect grip, writes smooth and the ink is dark, yet still has brilliant characteristic.  Good looking pen–but, will your office pay $10 per pen?

3.  BIC Intensity – Great pen for work, comfortable in your hand and the gel ink writes smoothe, but the ink tends to smear if you’re not careful, or write on a glossy surface.

4. Waterford Kilbarry Guilloche Rollerball Pen – When it comes to “fancy” pens you get for a 10 year anniversary, this pen is a great choice.  It’s made of solid brass with plaitnum plated accents.  This large pen has got a great texture and a balanced feel when you write.  The dark, yet bright liquid ink simply glides across the page.  It seems to have a very old fashioned feel as if I was using a fountain pen – no cusion or grip on this pen.  I’m not sure that I would ever use this pen if I were to be hand writing a letter, or signing a lot of documents (unless for the pure intent of impressing someone or to stroke my own ego). 


5. Uniball Jetstream Premier – This is a rollerbal pen and has a lot of nice innovations.  The ink is a little on the dull-side as far as color, but it writes smooth and has a very dependable ink flow.  One neat function of this pen is the relatively soft and muted clicking action for a retractable pen–I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t distract too many people in a classroom setting to be constantly clicking this pen–although it’s not entirely silent of course.  If you are one of those, maybe this pen is for you. 

The grip is a little strange and awkward to get used to, but seems to be a smart design which makes your writing movements to have a pillowed, squishy feel–but, not so much that it annoys.  One side is softer near the bottom of the grip and the other side is softer near the top of the grip (middle finger knuckle rest vs. thumb rest) and a good traction spot for the forefinger.  I think if you’re a firm gripper and/or do a lot of writing this might be a pen for you as well. 

6. Pentel tko – A pen that isn’t real reliable, but writes fine.  It is a slender pen that has a clear shaft so you can easily see the ink level.  Has a nice grippy tip for comfort and control.  Smooth writing pen with a nice color ink.  If you like a slender and inexpensive pen, this may be your choice.

7.  BIC Reaction – The Reaction is a good writing pen with a nice bright color, dependable writing and also has a nice “shock absorber” for those that tend to press too hard when they write–I’m guessing that is why they call it the “Reaction.”  But, the absorption isn’t too squishy, it seems just about right to me.  I have used this pen when dealing with particularly frustrating people and it’s nice to have a little give to the pen if you’re writing when you’re angry.

8. BIC Z4Roller 0.7 – This is a good writing pen, but I don’t like having to take the lid on and off.  You can easily see the ink level, which is a plus for any pen (no surprise when the ink runs out).  It has a nice design, a comfortable (dimpled) grip and the ink seems to flow nicely.  You can’t see it on the photo, but there is a bar code on the side of the pen–maybe that wouldn’t be available on a pen purchased in a box?

9. [Supergirl] I have found that the absolute best pen to buy is the Pilot G6 07. It may smear a little, but the end result is amazing.. my office orders them non-stop.

10. (berserkersgearpage) Zebra F-701


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1. BIC Round Stick – Terrible “torturous” pen with sticky ink that doesn’t write immediately when your pen hits the page.  Warning! Your page may have scribble marks from trying to get the ink started. 

2. Papermate Black Cap pen – If it can’t get any worse.  I believe it is an office conspiricy to order these pens.  What they really want you to do is go out and buy your own, so they give you the worst pens on the planet.  This is the most unpredictable pen in existence.  Will it write?  Maybe.

3. Papermate Felt Tip Pen – Great pen for signing an autograph (once), or signing a birthday card, but I would never use this pen to fill out any important documents.

4. Gimmicky Pens – Pretty much a papermate pen in a fancy costume.

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13 thoughts on “15 Best and 15 Worst Office Pens Ever!

  1. Wheres the bic clear plastic crap pens i ahte so much?? Those things feel like shit, write liek shit and stop working after an hour of solid use… there is no point to them

  2. i think faber castell S-Fine pen is the worst of all. I never manage to use any of these pen more than 10times and the ink just gone.

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  4. The Waterman Ball Point gets my bet for being an awesome pen! I must also recommend almost any carbon fiber pen as they’re so light and easy to maneuver over the paper.

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  8. Though they’re not the worst, I’d like to say the Pilot G2 pens feel nice, but are full of problems. They bleed, and the drying time could be better.

  9. treated myself to a waterman hemisphere 2 years ago. just come to use it and the ‘broad’ nib is nothing of the sort and the nib under a lens is like the end of a nail. a heap of s**t.

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