Back-to-school season is quickly approaching, which means it's time to get back to school shopping over with. First things first, make sure you have a school supply list so you don't forget anything. Now, whether your kid is in 2nd grade, 12th, or even college, they're going to need some pens. There are few things more humiliating than showing up to school without a writing utensil, at least in a kid's mind.
Lucky for you, we've rounded up 8 of the best pens on the market for school-aged kids that they are sure to love (and hopefully keep up with). From fun felt tips to ballpoint to gel there's bound to be a pen on this list that is just right. Whether their handwriting is too big or too small, illegible, or they're left-handed, a good pen makes a difference. Don't worry, none of these will break the bank even if they lose a few (or a few hundred). Bonus: They're all on Amazon so you can stock up and replenish your stash throughout the year without having to go to the store. Grab a few to send as teacher gifts too!
1. Pen heaven
We stock all the major pen brands such as Parker, Cross, and LAMY, as well as offer niche brands with outstanding craftsmanship and unique features. Try Otto Hutt for fantastic value sterling silver or Pilot for premium capless fountain pens. Our selection also brings you the best paper, notebooks, and accessories, including Original Crown Mill, Moleskine, and Laurie.
I have always been passionate about pens and the experience of a handwritten note, And so in 2008, I started the business because I believed I could offer the best shopping experience for personalized writing gifts. We offer a comprehensive range of pens and leather journals, with an emphasis on quality, choice, and value. We guarantee all our products, provide the finest after-sales support, and also offer a comprehensive range of refills.
s with many subjects that draw perfectionists and collectors, the fountain pen world offers a variety of superb resources for finding great pens, understanding their fine points (excuse the pun), and fixing old pens that need some TLC. Here are some of the more prominent resources. for decades, Richard Binder has served as the undisputed authority on fountain pens—their history, their infinite varieties, and the nuances of pen care. He’s even gone so far as to create a modern version of the old flexible gold nibs, with the Edison Pen Co. If you’re looking for an authoritative online pen encyclopedia, this website is for you.
Michael Matsuyama is based in Los Angeles, where he specializes in restoring and repairing fountain pens, both new and vintage. He has the most experience in working with Sailor pens, but he has been trained by two Japanese masters to work with a variety of other brands. vintagepen.net – Operating out of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mauricio Aguilar has assembled one of the most complete collections of vintage pens on the market. His website is also a fount of detailed information about these pens, particularly the old flexible nibs, which are a rare specialty in the calligraphy world.
The history of American writing instruments has deep roots in the "golden age" of fountain pens - when the only way to communicate with people long distance was to handwrite a letter and send it via the pony express. Today, it is assumed that there is no such thing as an American pen company. Everything is outsourced. While that may be true of some pen companies in the USA, there are several noteworthy fountain pen companies continuing the heritage of pens proudly made in the USA. Legend has it that when Lewis Edson Waterman lost a sale due to a faulty fountain pen leaking all over an insurance contract, he designed and patented the first fountain pen with a capillary feed. In 1884, the Waterman Ideal Pen Company was born in New York City, occupying an entire building in the Hudson Square neighborhood. After a rise to global prominence, Waterman USA shuttered in 1954, leaving the French Waterman subsidiary to continue pen production thereafter.
A similar fate befell the Parker Pen Company. George S. Parker started the company in 1888, building the world's largest pen factory in Janesville, Wisconsin. Parker's mission to "make a better pen" resulted in iconic models like the Duofold, the Volumatic, the "51", and the Jotter. The company established a worldwide network of factories, only to be sold off and downsized. In the early 2000s, Parker was sold to the Sanford writing instruments division of Newell Rubbermaid. Its previous headquarters in the UK, along with the Janesville office, closed by 2011. The company is now headquartered in France.
Address: 1230 Highway 34
Aberdeen NJ, 07747
Phone: +1 732-694-2000)
4. Only in Arkansas
It all started with a Valentine’s Day gift. In 2010, art teacher Shawn Newton received a fountain pen from his wife. He immediately fell in love with it and took it to school to show his students. He soon started buying fountain pens to give to his students, but “cheap pens don’t hold up well in the pockets of high school kids.” So Newton took what he calls the next logical step. He would make his own fountain pens.
Shawn Newton grew up in Pine Bluff and Hot Springs, Arkansas. He always loved art but he had no plans to attend college after high school until a conversation with his friend’s mother. She asked Newton what he would study if he could go to college. He immediately responded he wanted to study art and become an art teacher. She offered on the spot to pay for his first two years. He attended National Park College in Hot Springs before transferring to Henderson State University, where he graduated with an Art Education degree. Along the way, Newton received the support of many people. He deeply appreciated their help and was determined to pay it forward in some way. He taught art for the Center Point School District for two years, then switched to Mountain Pine.
Address: 314 North Spring Street
Searcy, AR 72143
5. Space Pen
What is powerful enough to be at the intersection of NASA, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and Seinfeld? Something small enough to fit in your pocket yet big enough to generate thousands of customer fan letters over several decades. A product that works in virtually any condition and is still made by a family-owned company right here in the United States. Welcome to Fisher Space Pen®. This is our story.
Even though our founder, Paul C. Fisher, revolutionized the pen industry 20 years earlier with the invention of the ‘Universal Cartridge Refill’, it was his creation of the sealed and pressurized ink cartridge that literally launched the company into space in 1967. Debuting on the Apollo 7 mission in 1968, Fisher Space Pen has been on every NASA manned space flight since. In fact, Fisher Space Pen now has its own permanent exhibit inside the Apollo / Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center, which proudly shares our history and products with some three million people a year.
Established in 1997, Pentiques is a Professional Fountain Pen Repair and Restoration Service Center. One of the few remaining Fountain Pen Repair and Restoration Shops in the world. Fountain Pen Repair and Restoration is what we do all day, every day. We maintain an extensive vintage parts inventory for all Vintage Fountain Pen makers and models from all eras. Pentiques is the only Vintage Fountain Pen Service Center to offer a standard 2 -3 week turnaround. Need it faster? We reserve a block of daily bench time for expedited service. Choose from 5 business days or overnight turnaround.
We specialize in Vintage Fountain Pens, but we also service and restore all makes and models of Contemporary Fountain Pens. We have restored thousands of Vintage Fountain Pens; Parker, Sheaffer, Waterman, Wahl-Eversharp, Aiken Lambert, Conklin, Chilton, Dunn, Esterbrook, LeBoeuf, Moore, Montblanc, Mabie Todd, Pelikan, Weidlich, Wirt and so many other brands. All makes, models, and filling systems. Each Fountain Pen is personally restored by my hand and tested for function and flow.
7. Additive Pens
Caps and grip sections are machined from solid rods of clear cast acrylic. Completely 3D printed barrel. Paired with a JoWo #6 Nib Unit, the ACP6 offers an unparalleled eyedropper writing experience. Using the best quality clear cast acrylic, machined parts have superior durability compared to injection molding. No stress-induced fractures or cracks are facilitated by the injection molding process.
We use the highest quality photo-reactive resins and industrial printers. With a proprietary ink-resistant coating, we minimize ink staining. If you have a problem with our products, we commit to making it right. Contact us and we will repair or replace your pen.
8. Pen Chalet
At Pen Chalet, we offer high-quality inks and pens with unique designs and functionality. Whether you’re looking for beautiful fountain pens to add to your collection or everyday pens and inks for writing, we strive to exceed your expectations – every time.
And our dedication to exceeding our customers’ expectations doesn’t stop with our products. We put the same level of care into our interactions with each one of our customers. The top priority of our customer care staff is helping customers. We try to spend as much time with our customers as we can to resolve questions or issues completely. So, please be patient if we cannot answer your phone call or email request right away. You can be sure that we’ll get to you as soon as possible, and we’ll put just as much time and effort into helping you with your questions and addressing your concerns.
Address: 1946 N Higley Rd
Mesa AZ 85205
9. Well Appointed Desk
The one thing about the Arkansas Pen Show that makes it different than almost any other pen show that I attend is that I set up my own table. Last year, Bob and I did what they call in the industry a soft launch of the Col-o-ring. This year, we decided to continue the tradition and we soft-launched our newest product in Little Rock too (more about that a little further down).
Since last year, Vanness Pen Shop has undergone some interior renovation so that even more of its shop space is dedicated to pens, ink, and stationery product so it's even more of a mecca to pen enthusiasts than ever. I was tickled to see the Col-o-ring Ink Testing Books on the counter by the cash register. Friday was the Opening day of the show and I was as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Unveiling a new product always makes me nervous but, this time was worse. With the Col-o-rings, we made something that I already knew people wanted and liked, I just hoped that people liked the revisions we made. This time, we were making something wholly different. It was making me queasy.
Address: Arkansas, USA,71601
10. Conway Stewart
With the 6th series of the hugely successful ‘Peaky Blinders’ TV series hitting the British screens at the end of February 2022, Conway Stewart was asked to launch a collection of limited edition pens based on the leading character; Tommy, Arthur, and Polly.
Alastair was Managing Director of Onoto pens from 2007 until 2014 before joining Conway Stewart. He deals with all our Bespoke commissions and has worked with famous clients like Rolls Royce, Ashmolean Museum, Churchill family, and various film producers – Kingsman; The Secret Service is one of the best known. He has a keen design eye and loves making new pens with innovative features. All sales inquiries are directed to Alastair, and he is always keen to help however large or sell the potential order. Peter has been involved in the sub-contract manufacturing of Fine Writing Instruments for many years and was influential in the design and manufacture of the Parker Duofold range of modern classics. He brings many years of experience to Bespoke British Pens in manufacturing for such prestigious brands as Parker, Onoto, and Montegrappa.
Address: Unit 11C, Wren Centre, Westbourne Rd
Emsworth, PO10 7SU
Phone: +44 (0) 333 006 4646