Trying to figure out who makes the highest quality at the best price.
  1. Sharpie very fine point
    A really good pen also affordable by the box. Very dark and crisp writing, and cool pen design. Downside: bleeds through if you want to use both sides of a paper
    Suggested by @bjnovak
  2. Uniball fine point
    My go to favorite pen. Dark and crisp without completely bleeding through the paper to the other side. Affordable on Amazon and elsewhere.
    Suggested by @bjnovak
  3. Le Pen
    The Audrey Hepburn of pens. Felt tip.
    Suggested by @soniakharkar
  4. Uni-Ball Jetstream .7mm - solid everyday pen
    Suggested by @rachelleigh
  5. Zebra Surari .5mm or the Zebra Sarasa .7mm or the Pilot Acroball 5mm - all write extremely smooth and have similar features
    Suggested by @rachelleigh
  6. Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker
    I always have at least 2 on my person at all times. I need to try the Sharpie Extreme:
    Suggested by @joshthecook
  7. MUJI pens all day, everyday.
    Suggested by @bobbyhundreds
  8. Muji 0.5 gel ink pen
    Just fine enough and doesn't smear. Simple design. No frills. Ideal to use at work.
    Suggested by @rachel
  9. Lamy
    Seriously great pens of varying types. Made in Germany since 1930s.
    Suggested by @dev
  10. Prosaic but great. Pilot black xxfine. My go to for note taking
    Suggested by @ouizoid
  11. The pens at Milk Studios LA. Literally the best -very thin tip, black ink, gray packaging
    Suggested by @sarahschussheim
  12. Pilot VBall
    I like VBall over Pilot Precise V5/V7, even though Precise is way cuter and was a solid conversation starter in college. VBall's ink comes out crisp yet buttery smooth, no skips or rando splotches. Will leave a little smudge if you touch it too soon, but this is actually kind of sexy.
    Suggested by @soniakharkar
  13. Pilot fountain pens
    The everyday fountain pen! These are low key and affordable and write really well. Some are disposable, some refillable. In high school my dad gave me the Pilot Varsity in pink, purple, and turquoise to try out before he let me touch his fountain pen collection.
    Suggested by @soniakharkar