The Coolest Pens for Writers

If you’re looking for a gift for a writer friend, why not get them a pen that’s more than just a pen?

I decided to write a list of the coolest pens for writers when some I saw a Twitter prompt asking what pen you like to write with most.

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When I was growing up, the girls in my class used to be obsessed with those gel pens. You could write in different colors, and swap with you friends. Okay, I’m probably dating myself there, but it was super fun at the time.

As an adult who now writes mostly on my computer, I enjoy time when I get to take a break from screens, go outside, and write with an actual pen.

And, as someone who likes to find cool things to write with, here are the coolest pens for writers. These are great for gifts for others (or gifts for yourself).

Why Are Cool Pens So Fun?

I think it comes down to just making writing more than a task. A lot of writers struggle to find the fun in the process, especially if we have writer’s block.

I personally think a cool pen can make the whole writing process a lot more fun. And shouldn’t fun be a part of it, anyway?

My List of the Coolest Pens for Writers


This is a set of 8, the Smooth-Writing Black-in Pens with Flashlight at the End. Why do I like these so much? When I wake up at 3 AM with an idea, I want to write it down. I used to just scribble something and wake up with crazy chicken-scratch on a page that made no sense. A little pen light solved that problem, and now I can write at night (or, if my wife is asleep, write next to her without being any trouble at all).


This one is super fun, and I can’t wait to get it. I just ordered two (mostly because I lose pens a lot).

If you’re like me and you’re a natural fidgeter, this pen is probably a good place to start. It’s called the asuku Magnetic Sculpture Building Toys Building Blocks, Eliminate Pressure Fidget Gadgets, Relieving Stress Boredom ADHD Autism, Office and Home Decoration,Creative Magnetic Pen (say that 10 times fast). It looks super cool, and I’m psyched to build things with it. I also love that it might be helpful for neurodivergent folks. Win/win.

If you’ve gotten this far, you’re probably already a gadget-nerd. So, here’s another one of the coolest pens for writers…


This is awesome. It’s the Cutier 6-in-1 Multi Tool Tech Pen. So this might actually be a great pen for construction workers or anyone who likes to do projects that involve building stuff. It includes a ruler, touch screen stylus pen, spirit level, and flat and phillips head screwdrivers. Plus, it’s a pen! How cool is that?

This next one is a classic. If you don’t have one of these, are you even a writer?

It’s distinctly possible this dates me even more than the gel pens. But… I think it’s awesome! It’s the Fisher Space Pen Bullet Pen. And yes, it allegedly writes in extreme temperatures, underwater, and zero-gravity. I admittedly have not tried any of these, but I plan to try the underwater thing this summer (I will report back).

There are a lot of different versions of this next pen.

It’s a Tactical Pen Multifunctional Survival Tool, and apparently includes the writing pen, glass breaker, pointed and rounded ends, and has a clip. Plus, it’s waterproof. This seems like it could be handy to have on you. I’m always advocating for writers to learn self defense, and this could be a handy inspiration to start down that road.

I kind of already have a light-up one, but I love the concept of a light that glows.

That’s why I’m digging… This Glowseen LED Pen with Light. This one comes in a 2-pack and has extra batteries. What more could a writer want? I actually kind of want to try this one at night and see if it’s a better option for those 3-AM brainstorms. It seems like it would be easier on the eyes. If you have this, let me know what you think!

Next on the list is advertised as a great pen for doctors and nurses.

Seems like just a basic pen from the outside, but it’s actually a 3-in-1 touchscreen stylus, flashlight, and ballpoint. That’s kind of neat, right? I feel like I would use this, and I’m not a doctor!

So, if you have one of these pens, you’re gonna want to make sure it has a cool spot to hang out, right?

I found this while I was writing this article up, and I could not resist. I know my wife is going to love it, too (we’re both super into knights).

The Amoysanli Knight Pen Holder comes in blue, bronze, and silver. I dig the silver and blue myself, so I’m snagging a blue one.

What are your favorite pens to write with? Do you prefer calligraphy, a standard bic, or something more intricate? Let me know in the comments!