Pen gift ideas

18 elegant writing pens for gifts for him – Paper anniversary

Since a pen is a rather personal object, you may be wondering if this is the right gift idea. On the contrary, you know that a fine writing instrument is a perfect choice, but feel a little lost with all the options, types, colors and materials to choose from. In both cases, you found the right place to help you with your decision!

Even though I do not do a lot of handwriting, I love a classy and beautiful pen. A fine pen makes the experience of writing so much more enjoyable. It also gives this special feeling of owning something precious, the same way jewelry does. I am sure you’ll agree to say that you want your receiver to really love your gift and want to avoid the pen to just rest in its box, unused.

I’ll cover everything in this post to help you decide if a pen is the right gift and also cover the basics about pens to help you chose the right piece. To help you further, I’ll also list my best recommendations for you to find the best pen for your gift with a list of 18 fine writing pen ideas.

Since this post is quite long and tries to cover all the basics, do not hesitate to scroll down directly to my recommendations, if this is what you are looking for.

Affiliate Disclosure: The products listed in this post are the fruits of my research and findings. I am not sponsored to display any of them here nor get any kind of payment for this selection. However, I may get a commission if you purchase any recommendation through their dedicated link, for no additional cost for you.

Is a pen the right gift?

A pen is a gift that is quite personal, a bit like a perfume. You may like it but will your receiver feel the same? Fortunately, with a little study on your side, you can find the right pen for your gift.

There are plenty of occasions to gift a pen. My website covers wedding anniversaries so a pen is a great idea for your 1st year’s celebration, the Paper anniversary. Of course, a pen is also a gift that can be given for any important milestones of life that require some writings like graduation, purchase of a house or, even, a wedding.

If you think about gifting a pen, you should at your recipient relationship towards writing instruments: is he a collector or does he already own a beautiful pen? When it comes to pens, I would, therefore, classify peoples into 3 different categories:

The pen collector

The person you intend to offer a pen is a collector, he has many and knows everything about pens. If this is the case, a pen is obviously the right gift. The difficulty with this kind of peoples is that you need to level up your knowledge to make sure you’ll add a great piece to his collection. Take a look at his collection: what type does he collect? what brand does he like? what kind of finishes does he like? What about the size and weight?

Conclusion: If you want to get a wow effect with your gift, you’ll need to study his collection and, also study about pens a little.

The pen owner

pen gift for him

Your recipient is not a collector but you know he owns a pen or several pens. He may be someone who likes to write or needs to write and, therefore, owns a nice writing instrument.

For this kind of peoples, a pen may seem a good idea but, you need to be very careful here. Maybe his current pen is a “lucky” pen or was his father’s pen. What I mean here is there could be some kind of bond between a pen and its owner and wanting to break that bond may put you, or your recipient, into an awkward situation.

Conclusion: Learn about the history of the pen and the bond that links it with its owner. Maybe giving your gift with some context can help. For example, if your recipient uses its special pen at home only, tell him your gift is to be used at work!

The others

If your recipient falls in the “others” category and you have no clue if a pen is a good idea, there are some hints that could help:

  • Does he need a fine pen for his work?
  • Does he like or need to dress up?
  • Does he need to sign documents regularly?
  • Does he like fine and luxurious things?
  • Does he write or take a lot of notes?

Conclusion: Just study him, and ask yourself this question: where and when will he use my gift?

How to choose the right pen?

Pen for work

So, you decided that your gift will be a pen. Now, which one to chose from all the brands, colors and types? You may not know, but there are a lot of different factors to take into account when choosing your pen. For example, some type of pens are not suitable for lefties or some may be suited for smaller hands.

This is why I would not recommend browsing directly into the different models by their look. First, set yourself a use case for your gift: where and how will he use it? Depending on the usage, the pen should look casual, classy or even luxury. Once you have decided about how the pen will be used, define its type. using my below guide.

Which type of pen should you choose?

There are 3 main types of pen. The type of pen you plan to give as a gift should be chosen very carefully if you want your recipient to have a pleasant experience with it.

Ballpoint pens

ballpoint pen gifts
A ballpoint is perfect for beginners and everyday usage
  • What is it: This is the most commonly found pen around the world. The ballpoint delivers its ink from a tank placed above a rolling ball. This type of pen uses an oil-based ink with a high viscosity, that usually comes under the form of a paste.
  • Pro: The ink offers the advantage of drying instantly and avoid smudging.
  • Cons: The ballpoint offers a writing experience less smooth than other pen types and the writing that comes out of it can be seen a little dull.
  • Perfect for: A ballpoint is a perfect pen for lefties, occasional writers or people who need a pen for any situation. A great gift for the “others” category.

Rollerball pens

Rollerball pen gift
Best writing sensation with a rollerball
  • What is it: Rollerballs works the same way than ballpoints, the difference being in the used ink. Its ink is either water-based or gel-based and is, therefore, more liquid than ballpoints.
  • Pro: Thanks to its ink, the rollerball offers great and smooth writing experience. Also, the writing seems clearer and more “alive” than ballpoints.
  • Cons: The big disadvantage of rollerballs is that its ink needs some time to dry which makes most of them not really suitable for lefties. Also, a paper of good quality should be used with a rollerball if you want to avoid the ink to go through. Another disadvantage of rollers is that they need to always have their cap on to avoid drying off.
  • Perfect for: People who write a lot and need comfort or people who like to write beautifully.

Fountain pen

Fountain pen gifts
A fountain pen is a timeless writing instrument
  • What is it: The classic and traditional pen. No balls here to transfer the ink to the paper, the fountain pen uses both capillarity and gravity to deposit the ink trough its nib.
  • Pro: No or very little pressure is needed to deposit the ink onto the paper, this makes it a great choice if looking for comfort. Well, while not a technical advantage, the fountain pens are just beautiful! To me, they feel more like something special than other ball-based pens.
  • Cons: Similar to rollerball pen, the fountain pen needs time for their ink to try. Also, the paper on which you write needs to be of good quality to avoid smudging. Last, some time and effort also need to be put into their maintenance.
  • Perfect for: A fountain pen is perfect for the ones who love to write. It is also a perfect gift for the one who likes beautiful and traditional objects. A fountain pen is also an accessory that brings a classy and fine touch to any gentleman.

Important factors to chose my pen?

Once you have decided on the type of your pen, you can start looking for some models. On top of their look and aspect, there are several other factors that you should take into account

  • Brand: Do I want to go with a well-known or, even, prestigious brand? Similar to watches, a pen from a famous manufacturer gives this luxury touch, this little something that makes us want to keep, and use, the pen forever. It also this kind of object that you want to transfer generation after generation. For my recommendations, I’ll focus only on well-known brands but feel free to explore as there are a lot of brands worth your time and investment.
  • Warranty: How long is it? Some pens have a lifetime warranty, this always gives confidence to its quality.
  • Refills: Are refills easy to find? Are the refills compatible with other brands? Are there any ink colors my recipient love?
  • Nibs: The nib is the end of the pen that deposits the ink onto the paper. Usually, several sizes can be selected. This point is important if you plan to give your gift to a professional writer as he may have his own preferences.
  • Material and finishes: Does the material I am looking for allows engraving? Are the finishes gonna hold for generations? Would it be possible to restore it if needed?
  • Size: Check his hands! if they are big, avoid a smaller pen!

Budget for a pen gift

expensive pens

Like a lot of things in life, pens come in all kinds of prices, from a few cents disposable pen to several thousand dollars diamond and gold jeweler’s limited writing instruments. Since my post is about fine writing instruments, I decided to sort my recommendations into 2 different types of price-range:

  • Below 100$ pens: We can already find a very decent pen on the 20-30USD range. I, myself, use a Caran d’Ache 849 on an everyday basis. If you allow yourself a budget of 100$, you’ll for sure get some awesome writing instruments!
  • Between 100$ and 300$ pens: Splendid pen for any gift, for serious writers or people who need an exclusive accessory.

If you feel like I should change my price range or if you are looking for jewelry writing instruments at above 300$, do not hesitate to leave me a comment and I’ll make sure to consider adding more recommendations.

Now that you know the basics of pens, here are my recommendations for gifts: I have separated my picks between pen type and sub-categorized them into budgets. Feel free to leave me a comment if you ever tested any of them or if you see other great ideas, I’ll consider adding them to my list.

Ballpoint pens recommendations

Below 100$ ballpoint pens

Waterman Hemisphere: The slim

Waterman Hemisphere review

Waterman has been around since 1883 and all of their pens are still made in France. It is a very famous brand in the writing world so you cannot be wrong going with this brand. The Waterman Hemisphere is a quite slim and short pen which may not suit the ones with bigger hands. Other than that, the Hemisphere offers a pretty good writing experience on any type of paper and comes with a classy Waterman box.

The model on display is the Waterman Hemisphere black CT but the series comes also in blue, white and stainless steel. Finishes are in Palladium but gold or sterling silver are also available. Waterman offers a warranty of 3 years that can be extended to 5 years upon registration.

The Waterman Hemisphere features

  • Length of 13.5cm; width of 0.8cm
  • Comes with a blue medium point size
  • Comes in a beautiful Waterman box
  • Rotation mechanism to open/close
  • Refills available in blue fine, blue medium, black fine or black medium
  • 3 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration
  • Made in France


  • Great value for its price
  • A design that fits any occasions
  • Fine or Medium nibs available
  • Well balanced despite its size


  • Only compatible with Waterman refills
  • Rather small, except if this is what you are looking for
  • The opening mechanism may feel a little rough

Parker Sonnet: The safe bet

Parker Sonnet review

Parker has also been around since the end of the 1800s and also delivers high-quality pen. I previously owned a Parker Jotter and it has been my favorite for quite some time until I switch for the Caran d’Ache 849.

The sonnet comes in 2 different size variations: Slim, a little larger than the Hemisphere at 11mm and Standard with a diameter at 13mm.

The model shown here is the Parker Sonnet Blue lacker but you can also find it in black, red, stainless steel. All of them with palladium or gold finishes. Parker gives a 2 years warranty that can be extended to 4 upon registration. Similar to the Hemisphere, the Sonnet comes with a medium nib and a twisting mechanism to retract it. Refills, who can also be found easily everywhere, are available in blue or black.

On the more expensive side, I also wanted to display the Sonnet Brown Rubber, a less classical look which makes it a bit more risky to give as a gift, but I think that it looks very chic.

Sonnet Brown rubber review

The Parker Sonnet features

  • Available in Slim or Standard size
  • Slim : Length of 13cm; width of 1.1cm
  • Standard : Length of 13.5cm; width of 1.3cm
  • Comes with a blue medium point size
  • Comes in a beautiful Parker box
  • Rotation mechanism to open/close
  • Refills available in blue medium or black medium. Gel refills also available
  • 2 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration
  • Made in France


  • Can also mount gel refills
  • A classy design
  • Well balanced


  • Only compatible with Waterman refills
  • Rather small, except if this is what you looking for
  • The opening mechanism may feel a little rough

Fisher Space AG7 Original: The space pen

Fisher AG47 review

On top of being a great pen, the Fisher Space AG7 Original has also a lot of history. I once heard, at my work, that NASA spent millions to design and build a pen that would fit space and zero-G conditions. Meanwhile, the USSR simply used….pencils. This story is usually used to illustrate that you do not necessarily need to do complicated stuff. Sometimes, the easy and straightforward method gives the same or better results, but faster and for a fraction of the cost. Now, this legend is only partially correct Yes the NASA used a specially designed, the Fisher AG7, but the Russians did end up using the exact same pen in 1969 according to the NASA.

Thanks to its pressurize cartridge, the AG7 can write underwater, through grease, upside down, zero-G and, even, between -30F and 250F. Surprisingly, the refills come at a quite fair price, the only (small) problem is that they cannot be found everywhere like more common brands.

Fisher claims that their pen is still used on most space mission, and give a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.

The Fisher Space AG7 Original Features

  • Write in any positions or temperature
  • Length of 13cm; width of 0.9cm
  • Full of history
  • Can write on wet or greased paper
  • Made in the USA
  • Open and close using 2 different push button


  • One less item to think of for your next trip to the moon
  • Lifetime warranty
  • A pen a geek would definitely love
  • Great customer service


  • Not the most classy design
  • Refills not as widely available as other brands
  • Not the best writing experience but still good weight and feelings
  • The mechanism to open and close the tip may tire after a while
  • The box may not feel as exclusive as some of my other recommendations.

100$ to 300$ ballpoint pens

Caran d’Ache Ecridor: All about design

Caran d'Ache Chevron review

Caran d’Ache, one of my favorite brands, is also a traditional manufacturer that has been around since 1915. Located in Geneva, they still design and build high quality made in Switzerland pen.

All Ecridor models have a hexagonal shape that gives them this retro touch, a well-known signature of Caran d’Ache’s pen. While the one on display, the Ecridor Chevron, is beautiful, a lot of different finishes are available. Worth mentioning too, the Lignes Urbaines combines the retro shape with modern and urban skyscraper prints.

Ecridor lignes urbaines review

The pen comes with a medium black nib but fine and large as well as red, green and blue are available.

The Caran d’Ache Ecridor features

  • Retro-chic design
  • Length of 13cm; width of 0.8cm
  • Made in Switzerland
  • Open and close with push buttons
  • Fine and large nibs available
  • Green, blue red and black refills available


  • Original but classy retro design
  • Sturdy design
  • Over 600 pages to write with their Goliath refills


  • Refills can be found easily but not as common as Parker’s or Waterman’s.
  • I own one myself and I can’t think of any cons for this great pen!

Montblanc Meisterstuck: THE Classic

Montblanc meisterstuck review

Montblanc is maybe the most famous pen, or should we say writing instrument, brand in the world and is often more considered as a jeweler than a pen manufacturer. The Meisterstuck has been around since 1924 and is maybe the most well-known pen. Without knowing it, we all, at some time, held a copy of the Montblanc Meisterstuck.

The Meisterstuck makes a perfect gift to give that little “elite” feeling as the pen is illustrated in many movies and has prestigious owners such as J.F. Kennedy.

Any Montblanc writing instruments come with an anti-counterfeiting code to ensure their authenticity and an international warranty of 2 years. A lifetime guarantee is given for repairs and spares availability.

The Montblanc Meisterstuck features

  • Length of 13.7cm; width of 1.1cm
  • Made in Germany
  • Anti-counterfeiting codes on the pen
  • Red, blue, green, pink, black, etc refills
  • Large and medium nibs available
  • Made of precious resin and gold-plated
  • Comes in a beautiful Parker box
  • Rotation mechanism to open/close
  • 2 years warranty


  • Well, it’s a Montblanc!
  • Plenty of refills to chose from
  • Exceptional feelings and finishes


  • Its design might be a little too classic?
  • Standard warranty is shorter than the competition

Graf von Faber-Castell Classic: For the gentleman

Faber-Castell classic review

Faber-Castell is again another manufacturer with a lot of history. They first started to build pencils in 1761 and introduced in 1991 the line Grad von Faber-Castell. This line actually offers a very manly pen making them perfect gifts for gentlemen.

The Graf von Faber-Castell Classic comes with finishes made of different wood, the one displayed here being ebony and platinum-plated. While not the most famous pen around, its strong design can really be a perfect match with the right attire.

The Classic comes with a box and pouch and refills are available in both black and blue

The Graf von Faber-Castell Classic features

  • Made in Germany
  • Length of 13.7cm; width of 1.1cm
  • Refills available in black or blue and in large or medium
  • Comes with a box and a linen pouch
  • Open/close with a twist mechanism
  • Each pen is unique, thanks to their wooden core


  • Strong design for strong males!
  • The box is beautiful
  • High-quality twist mechanism


  • Tip of the pen is quite long and may lead to awkward hand position

Rollerball pens recommendations

Below 100$ rollerball pens

PARKER Urban: A modern design

Parker Urban review

The Parker Urban has, in my opinion, a really beautiful design. Its elegant and sober lines will please anyone. On top of that, the Urban comes in a lot of different finishes for every taste.

The pen on display here is the Parker Urban Silvered powder CT. This pen some with a fine or medium nib available in black and blue. It is made in France and comes with a warranty against manufacturing defaults of 2 years.

The Parker Urban features

  • Length of 14cm; width of 1.3cm
  • Made in France
  • Removable cap
  • Blue and black refills available in both medium or fine nib
  • Comes with a box
  • 2 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration


  • Heavy and solid design
  • Comfortable grip
  • Great and original shape


  • May feel a little unbalanced if the cap is posted
  • Some complain that the cap doesn’t clip correctly
  • Refills don’t last long

Waterman Perspective: A classic look

Waterman perspective review

While its curve makes it less modern than the Parker Urban, the Waterman Perspective remains a pen of choice for a classical, chic and still modern look.

The Waterman Perspective is larger than the Hemisphere shown above which makes it a more suited choice for bigger hands. As most pen shown in that post, the Perspective is also available in ballpoint in case you like its design. The Waterman comes with a 3-year warranty extendable to 5 years upon registration and a beautiful box.

The pen on display here is the Perspective Black CT but other finishes are available, including the traditional Waterman blue. The pen some with black ink but blue refills are also available.

The Waterman Perspective features

  • 3 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration
  • Length of 12.5cm; width of 1.2cm
  • Made in France
  • Removable cap
  • Delivered with a box
  • Black or blue medium refills


  • Classy design
  • High-end finishes and craftsmanship
  • Awesome quality


  • Only one nib size to chose from
  • Heavy, especially with the cap on, to keep for bigger hands
  • Not the best in comfort, not suited for heavy writers

Cross Century II: The legend continues

cross century II review

Cross A.T. is another legendary brand who has been around since 1846. While they product a legendary pen, the Classic century, I chose to display here the Century II Medalist. A great feature of this pen is that it can be mounted with different tips: ballpoint, a gel-rolling or a porous point. Its versatility makes it a good choice if you are not sure about the type of pen you would like.

The Century II is a good choice for any hands but, if you’d like to get a thinner pen, the Century Classic may be a better choice. I displayed, here, the Medalist color as it is Cross’s signature finish. The Century II is, of course, available on a wide range of color and can surprisingly look more modern on other versions such as the Gunmetal Gray.

On top of coming with a beautiful gift box, the Century II also comes with a lifetime warranty against mechanical failure, making it a sure bet.

The Cross Century II features

  • Length of 13.5cm; width of 1cm
  • Made in China
  • Removable cap
  • Lifetime mechanical warranty
  • Blue, red, black and purple refills available
  • Comes with a box


  • Can be converted to a ballpoint and use porous point refills to accommodate every taste
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Some argue that it feels cheap since made in China
  • May feel a little light to some

100$ to 300$ rollerball pens

Waterman Exception: Elegant touch

Waterman Exception review

Again a Waterman, but I had to mention the Waterman Exception. Its squared shape brings a strong elegant touch to its owner, making it a great gift. If you are afraid about the comfort of the pen, rest assured, the grip is round-shaped and, in combination with the square shape, offers a great hold of the pen.

As usual, the Waterman Exception comes in different variations, including the classic Waterman blue.

The Waterman Exception features

  • Length of 14cm; width of 1.3cm
  • Made in France
  • 3 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration
  • Removable cap
  • Delivered with a box
  • Black or blue medium refills


  • Comfortable and well-balanced
  • Luxurious design
  • Top-quality craftsmanship


  • Look so precious you may no want to use it
  • Cannot be engraved
  • Only one nib size to chose from

Pelikan Souveran: Refined experience

Pelikan Souveran review

Pelikan, founded in Germany in 1838, is another writing instrument manufacturer with a lot of history. The Pelikan Souveran comes in different sizes to adapt to any grip and color variation. This pen has, also, an elegant design for a more classic experience than the above Waterman.

The pen on display, the Souveran 400 Black/Green is the smallest of the line, making it perfect for smaller hands. It has refills available in both black and blue.

The Pelikan Souveran features

  • Length of 12.5cm; width of 1.3cm
  • Made in Germany
  • Removable cap
  • Refills in black and blue available


  • Available in different size to accommodate every hands
  • Great writing sensations
  • Eye-catching design


  • Quite short, suited for small to medium hands
  • Cap is fragile
  • Genuine refills may not be as widely available than other brands

Parker Premier: Sophistication in its design

Parker Premier review

Along with Waterman, Parker is also a brand that is rarely wrong with their writing instruments. This is why I, again, list one of their beautiful pens.

The Parker Premier finishes are really beautiful. To be honest, I did not even know which one to display as Parker did really a great design job here: some finishes make the pen look sophisticated, some modern and some just classic. Eventually, I chose the Parker Premier Soft Brown because I really wanted to show a beautiful pink gold-trimmed pen.

The tips are available in Fine or Medium and 3 colors can be chosen from: red, blue and black.

The Parker Premier features

  • Length of 13cm; width of 1.3cm
  • Made in France
  • Removable cap
  • Blue, black and red refills available in both medium or fine nib
  • Comes with a beautiful box
  • 2 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration


  • Very well-balanced
  • Solid finish
  • Smooth and impeccable writing


  • Maybe a little heavy for some, especially regular writers
  • A little expensive?

Fountain pen recommendations

Below 100$ fountain pens

Parker IM: Professional look

Parker IM review

Another great pen from Parker. The IM offers, in my opinion, a great option for beginners with a fountain pen. As usual with Parker, they offer an instrument that just looks classy: not extravagant nor boring, just the perfect sober and yet sophisticated design.

I chose to display the Parker IM Premium Dark Green but, again, it comes in a lot of different finishes to accommodate any taste. This pen has two types of nibs to choose from, a fine or a medium. It is a great tool for beginning with fountain pens.

The Parker IM features

  • 2 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration
  • Length of 13.8cm; width of 1cm
  • Made in China
  • converter available separately
  • Removable cap
  • Fine of medium nibs are available


  • Well balanced
  • Plenty of different colors to choose from
  • Easy and comfortable enough for beginners


  • Very small nib which look does not fit the rest of the pen
  • Not the smoothest writing experience
  • Only Parker refills can be used and are limited to black or blue

Sheaffer 300: The classic style

Sheaffer 300 review

Sheaffer, another American premium pen manufacturer, are well-known for their luxury fountain pens. I chose to display the Sheaffer 300 for its rather classic design which may suit the less extravagant ones.

The size of the 300 makes it a perfect fit for larger hands and offers good writing comfort making the 300 a perfect gift for beginners.

The Sheaffer 300 features

  • Length of 14cm; width of 1cm
  • Comes with a converter
  • Made in China
  • Comes with a box
  • Fine and medium nibs available
  • Lifetime warranty on mechanical failure


  • Ideal for beginners
  • Plenty of refill types available
  • Lifetime warranty


  • A little heavy, to keep for bigger hands or non-regular writers
  • Grip section made of plastic

Cross ATX: The Urban design

Cross ATX review

The Cross ATX is another pen with different finishes and I have to say that I love all of them. Its design is very urban and modern but still, remains chic.

Like most of Cross’s pen, the ATX comes with a lifetime warranty against mechanical default which gives a certain confidence with its quality.

The Cross ATX features

  • Length of 14cm; width of 1.2cm
  • Made in China
  • Comes with a box
  • Converters are available separately
  • Fine, medium and broad nibs available
  • Lifetime warranty on mechanical failures


  • Good writing feelings
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 3 nibs to chose from


  • Some argue the finish looks cheap
  • Cap is not very tight

100$ to 300$ fountain pens

Waterman Carene: Luxurious design

Waterman Carene review

The Waterman Carene has a unique design that feels both unique and prestigious, this is again a pen that gives an exclusive feeling. Its nibs, on top of offering a great writing experience, adds a lot to its design and are available in gold-plated or rhodium plated.

I chose to display the Waterman Carene Black and Gunmetal for its beautiful cap but other finishes are also great.

The Waterman Carene features

  • Length of 14.5cm; width of 1.1cm
  • Made in France
  • 3 years international warranty + 2 years extension with registration
  • Removable cap
  • Delivered with a box
  • Comes with a converter


  • Comfortable and well-balanced
  • Luxurious design
  • Top-quality craftsmanship
  • Beautifully designed nib


  • Look so precious you may no want to use it!
  • Some does not like the nib and the feelings that come with it

Faber-Castell E-Motion: The gentleman pen

Faber-castell E-motion review

Faber-Castel is known for their very masculine pen and the E-motion Pure Black just follow the path. This pen is a great gift idea for real gentleman and you will definitely get a wow effect when offering.

This pen is on the heavy side and offers great writing feelings to its owner. It comes with a medium nib but is available with fine and large too.

The Faber-Castell E-motion features

  • Made in Germany
  • Length of 11.5cm; width of 1.4cm
  • Comes with a converter
  • Comes with a box
  • Removable cap
  • Fine, medium and large nibs available


  • Strong design for strong males!
  • Very good writing feelings
  • High-quality materials


  • The pen is a little short to be used unposted

Cross Townsend: Simple elegance

Cross Townsend review

My 2 above recommendations were more on the original side so I decided to recommended also something more classical with the Cross Townsend. As usual with cross’s pen, you can expect a great writing experience with this instrument.

While I display the Townsend for its Classic look, I also absolutely want to mention their limited editions who also looks beautiful. It is very rare to find Star Wars pen that can keep a classy look without looking a little “ridiculous”, well done Cross!

The Cross Townsend features

  • Length of 15cm; width of 1.1cm
  • Made in China
  • Comes with a box
  • Removable cap
  • Converters are available separately
  • Fine, medium and broad nibs available
  • Lifetime warranty on mechanical failures


  • Good writing feelings
  • Lifetime warranty
  • 3 nibs to chose from


  • Some argue the finish looks cheap
  • Cap is quite heavy for a posted usage

So, which one should you chose?

If you arrived so far in the post, I hope you could find ideas for your gift. Please leave me a message if I could help or not help, I will always consider improving this post.

Now, if you still not sure about your gift, I will repeat: chose the type of pen you should choose: A ballpoint, a rollerball or a fountain pen.

If you already know the type of pen you’d like. Pick a brand. I would recommend Waterman as all their pens are great. Parker is also a good choice with, maybe, a couple of models to be discarded. If you find nothing in these 2 brands catalogs, there is plenty to chose from Montblanc, Cross, Conklin, Caran d’Ache, Montegrappa, ST Dupont, Sailor, Xeso and Pilot are all great brands too!s.

All, or almost all, of my recommendations, comes in any type too! for example, I recommended the Parker Sonnet as a ballpoint but the Sonnet is also a great rollerball and fountain pen!

10 thoughts on “18 elegant writing pens for gifts for him – Paper anniversary”

  1. This are very good lists of top notch pens to gift. I have a friend who is q poet and a writer generally and he prefers doing his writing with the pen rather than on the PC. I am sure he will like to have a new pen eben though he might have collection already. Thank you for the list. I think I’ll just go for the Waterman Perspective because it has a classic look and it has a long lasting ink too. He should most definitely like it. From your post i was able to learn about the types of pen. I didnt know that before. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks Henderson, I have to admit that the perspective is also one of my favorite. Waterman really knows what they’re doing!

  2. Hi Greg,

    This is hands down the most informative article about pens that I’ve read. I think pens make ideal gifts and for some reason are often overlooked. One of my favorite pens is a Tiffany Sterling Tennis Raquet pen that I was given many years ago as a prize for winning a doubles tournament.  I’ve given pens as gifts in the past and could tell that they were much appreciated. The only purchase that I’ve regretted was an expensive Montblanc pen I gave my husband as a birthday gift which he promptly lost. No more expensive pens for him!

    1. Hi Lynn,

      Thanks for stopping by. I guess this is the reason why pens are overlooked, we afraid to lose them! On my side, even if I tend to lose a lot of my stuff, I always succeeded to keep my pens (at least the good ones)!

      i googled your tiffany, cant s say for the writing sensation but it dors look beatiful!

  3. This is a very good guide for giving a pen as a gift.  I had previously not considered giving a pen as a gift before but now I will.  I know of a couple of people in the “other” category who could probably benefit from having a nice pen.  The Fisher Space Pen is really cool. I used to work with someone who owned one and he enjoyed using it and talking about it. Thanks for posting this excellent guide. 

  4. You’ve made me a believer! I never really cared what kind of pen I used, as long as it writes well. Now I want a rollerball. Maybe if I can let people know about this before Christmas…
    I will definitely be coming back here for future reference and sending my son, who loves refillable writing tools. Keep up the good work!

  5. Hi Greg, This has to be by far the most comprehensive information I have ever seen relating to pens. Thank you. I have a Sheaffer and love to write with it. There is something special about using a great pen and they last for years. Nice work.

    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for dropping by, Yes, there is definitely something special to great writing instruments. At first, I did not see it but once you start using a good pen and get used to it, it really is hard to come back to BIC (even though they offer a great value!)

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