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15 Best Pens for Writing & Note-Taking

In preparation for the coming school year, use this list of the best pens for writing to reconsider your writing implement.

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Benefits of Writing Notes By Hand

Regardless of how widespread computer or smartphone usage becomes, there will always be a need for writing utensils. For example, the desk from which I write this holds two computers and a total of five screens, including my phone and tablet. Despite all that, I also have at least two large size Post-it pads with various notes scribbled on them. Which means, of course, a mug of my favorite pens are close at hand, too.

Aside from the proven benefits of writing things out by hand (more on that here), it's hard to ignore that it can just be very satisfying to use your favorite pen to jot a quick note during a phone call or meeting. Or perhaps, in this advanced age, it's been awhile since you considered the pen you use. Maybe you use any old pen, one you borrowed from someone and forgot to return. Pens are a dime a dozen, right?

I'm not so sure. As creative people, my wife and I each have our favorite pens that we defend (often to one another) vociferously, despite the fact that our class-based note-taking days are well behind us for now. We have a variety of hobbies — music, mixed media art, writing fiction — that are just better when we put pen to paper.

And for anyone out there looking forward to the next school year, having a pen you love is a virtual necessity. The freedom granted by organizing your thoughts on paper in whatever way you see fit still reigns supreme when compared to the somewhat laborious process on machines with processors in them.

Pens Proven by Bullet Journal Fans

We've been writing by hand since about 3500 BCE, and despite our technological innovations, we're likely to continue for some time. Not every teacher is so fond of letting their students take notes on laptops, either, so chances are good that as long as human beings go to school, pens will remain an important part of the learning experience.

Almost all of our suggestions come from the hardcore documentation world of the Bullet Journal community, for which BuzzFeed has a handy explainer. These are people serious about writing, with high demands for their pens. We've included a few specs for each so you know exactly what you're buying and can choose according to your needs.

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