As a tool that directly transports thoughts on a piece of paper, a pen holds far-reaching responsibility. The best pens are not heavy or light; they grip perfectly, clip well, and most importantly, they write as smooth as melting butter. For those who write longer a pen is also a workhorse, a tool of comfort that is not be noticed at all. I ventured out to one of my favorite pen stores in New York City to pick the best workhorse of my own.

Goods for the Study has one of the most extensive pen and stationery collections in the city

Testing a classic fountain pen with steel nib
All pens are ready to be tested
The more refined and peculiar ones are displayed in a glass case
The classic model 849 made by Swiss brand Caran d’Ache reinterpreted by Paul Smith. Features aluminum hexagonal body, flexible clip and a famous cartridge that can write up to 600 pages

Safari by Lamy features tough ABS plastic body with strong wire pocket clip

Designed by the Japanese stationary company Craft Design Technology, this plastic fountain pen has a flexible plastic nib and features innovative capillary ink system which allows ink to flow smoothly
Ambition by Faber Castell is made of brushed precious resin and features a spring-loaded metal clip

This Vanishing Point retractable fountain pen features a blue barrel with rhodium accents and a matching fine rhodium-plated 18kt gold nib
Finally picked my favorites. 1. 849 Paul Smith by Caran d’Ache ($48). 2. Safari by Lamy ($33). 3. Ambition by Faber Castell ($70). 4. Vanishing Point by Pilot ($210). 5. Fountain pen by Craft Design Technology ($6)

Goods for the Study

Greenwich Village location
50 West 8 St.
Daily 10—8
+1 212-674-4400

SoHo location
234 Mulberry St.
Daily 12—8
+1 212-219-2789


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